Status: Progress Made
12/2020: Many prominent Revolutionary War sites in New Jersey are now open to the public as museums and state parks. These include the Indian King Tavern, Hancock House, Steuben House, Monmouth Battlefield, Washington’s Crossing, and Trenton Battle Monument. Recently, Middlesex County received over $1.6 million from the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program to help purchase the Metuchen Meeting House Battlefield in Edison and preserve it as a historic site. However, there is still a long way to go. A recent Site and Visitor Readiness Assessment report commissioned by the Crossroads of the American Revolution found many in need of investments to increase visitor readiness, among other items.
Since New Jersey suffered the greatest losses to persons and property in the Revolutionary War, some or most of New Jersey state-owned sites have a national significance in association with the War for Independence, notably Monmouth Battlefield, Washington’s Crossing, Hancock House, Indian King Tavern, Steuben House, and Trenton Battle Monument. Our experiment in Republican democracy was partly invented by the political culture of New Jersey and therefore these sites are associated with distinctive national origins. Architecturally, these sites represent mostly vernacular building types. Some, such as the Steuben House (Jersey Dutch gambrel sandstone) and Hancock House (dated brick-end) are especially associated with New Jersey and represent a variety of building traditions from the early days of our state and nation.
Crossroads of the American Revolution
101 Barrack Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608