Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

William Trent House

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award: $711,258 (1997)
Grant Recipient: City of Trenton
County: Mercer
Municipality: Trenton
In 1714, Philadelphia merchant William Trent purchased 800 acres at the fall line of the Delaware River, established Trent’s Town and constructed a large dwelling for his family. The Trent House stands as the oldest building in Trenton and serves as an important example of early Georgian domestic architecture in the Mid-Atlantic region. It also contains an extensive collection of late seventeenth and eighteenth century furniture.

The grant funds ongoing repairs and site improvements, as well as the development of a visitor facility in the carriage house. Work items include: repairing exterior doors and windows, repointing masonry walls and steps, repairing interior doors and plaster, restoring the interior eighteenth century color scheme, and repairing the perimeter site drainage system.

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