New Jersey Historic Preservation Grants – 2018

Posted May 29th, 2018 by maryalbro and filed in News & Announcements
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The 1772 Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Trust have awarded 25 historic preservation 1:1 matching grants totaling $293,786. Grants were provided for exterior work:  painting, surface restoration, fire/security systems, repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows, repairs to foundations and sills, and chimney and masonry repointing. Individual grants ranged from $3,175 to the grant maximum of $15,000, with 12 organizations receiving the latter amount. Grants also were awarded in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Three organizations, Gloucester County Historical Society, Long Beach Island Historical Association and Sourland Conservancy, will use their grants to restore buildings that once were houses of worship, but now serve or will serve other purposes.

In Woolwich Township, Gloucester County Historical Society is just beginning restoration of a long vacant, former Moravian Church, finished and dedicated in 1789. The Moravian congregation used the church until 1803, when services stopped due to declining attendance. In subsequent years, the building was used first by a Methodist congregation and later by an Episcopalian congregation. The church has a New Jersey ironstone foundation and combines Flemish and common bond brickwork. It retains its original hardware and some original glass in its 9-over-6 windows. The historical society plans to completely restore the building and return it to use for community programming. Grant funds will be used to restore and preserve the most dangerously damaged portion of the building, its north exterior wall, by completing repointing and repairing the windows and shutters.


Long Beach Island Historical Museum was built in 1882 as the Holy Innocents Episcopalian Church. It was used as a church until 1976, when it was purchased and renovated by the Long Beach Island Historical Association. The museum is in the heart of Beach Haven’s historic district. Its roof will be repaired using grant funds.




The former Mount Zion AME Church is a one-room building constructed in 1850 on Sourland Mountain. It was a spiritual refuge for the African American community. Many of its congregants worked in the peach industry. When a peach blight struck, they moved farther down the mountain to find work. Wanting the church closer to their relocated community, about 1900, they disassembled the building and rebuilt it where it is today. When the building restoration work is complete, the site will become the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. Grant funds will be used for foundation and sill repairs to stabilize the building.

A list of all of this year’s New Jersey recipients of historic preservation matching grants follows.

Cranbury Historical and Preservation SocietyCranbury Barn Park corn crib and wagonhouse$15,000
Delaware River Mill Society (Stockton Borough)John Prall House$15,000
Friends of Millstone Township Historic Registered PropertyThomas Baird Homestead$6,860
Friends of the Loew's (Jersey City)Loew's Theater$14,750
Gloucester County Historical Society (Woolwich Township)former Moravian Church$15,000
The Heritage and Agriculture Association, Inc. (Wantage Township)Lusscroft Farm Bunkhouse A and Isotope Laboratory$14,000
Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May)Ezra Norton House, Heislerville Store$13,000
Historic Restoration Trust of the Township of NutleyKingsland Manor$7,500
The Historical Educational Lodge-Hall Preservatory, Inc. (Swedesboro)Richardson Avenue School$4,000
Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton Town)Dunham's Mill/ Parry's Mill$5,200
Long Beach Island Historical Association (Beach Haven Borough)Long Beach Island Historical Museum and Fisherman's Cottage$4,175
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (Lower Township)Cape May Lighthouse$15,000
NASW Foundation (Lower Township)Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum$15,000
New Jersey Community Development Corporation (Paterson City)Roger's Locomotive Company frame fitting shop$15,000
Princeton AlumniCorps12 Stockton Street$15,000
Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Summit City)Wisner House$15,000
Save Ellis Island (Ellis Island)Ellis Island Recreation Pavilion 1$15,000
Sourland Conservancy (Montgomery Township)former Mount Zion AME Church$15,000
Sparta Historical SocietyVan Kirk Homestead Museum$3,175
Squan Beach Life Saving Station Preservation Committee (Manasquan Borough)Life Saving Station Number 9$6,581
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (Pennington)Andrew Drake Farmstead barn$15,000
Township of Ocean Historical MuseumStucile Farms cow barn$14,170
The Union Township Historical SocietyCaldwell Parsonage$6,000
Westampton Township Historical SocietyRancocas Lyceum$14,375
The GFWC Woman's Club of RutherfordClubhouse$15,000