- Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission
- PO Box 3000
- Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
- (908) 231-7110
Patricia McGarry, Manager
- Administers programs and services that preserve, promote and protect the culture and heritage of Somerset County. Administers the New Jersey State Council on the Arts State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant for Somerset County, the SCC&HC’s Mini-Grant Program and the Somerset County Historic Preservation Trust Grant Program. Plans and administers the Somerset County Teen Arts Program; Cultural and Heritage Art Gallery & Student Gallery at 40 North Bridge; and the annual Historic Preservation Awards recognition event. Produces the Cultural Connection, a quarterly calendar/newsletter and is a contributing partner to the Somerset County Arts and Leisure Guide, a bi-annual publication. Provides technical assistance workshops for arts and history organizations; coordinates projects that affect historic sites with appropriate federal and state agencies; provides arts outreach programs; cooperates with The Friends of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Endowment; maintains a comprehensive survey of all historic sites in Somerset County; and maintains and updates a directory of Somerset County cultural and historic organizations.
- Garden State Preservation Trust
- 135 West Hanover Street
- PO Box 750
- Trenton, NJ 08625-0750
- (609) 984-4600 (o)
- (609) 203-0233 (c)
- (609) 292-4912 (f)
- The Garden State Preservation Trust is dedicated to safeguarding our most important natural landscapes and significant cultural resources for today's and future generations. The Garden State Preservation Trust is the financing authority that provides the funds to preserve forests and meadows, watersheds and wildlife habitats, parks and sports fields, working farms, agricultural landscapes and historic structures.
- Main Street New Jersey
- Department of Community Affairs
- PO Box 204
- 101 South Broad Street 7th floor
- Trenton, New Jersey 08625
- (609) 633-9769
- Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in New Jersey. Every two years the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs accepts applications and designates selected communities to join the program. These communities receive valuable technical support and training to assist in restoring their Main Streets as centers of community and economic activity. Main Street New Jersey Communities have brought significant numbers of new businesses and jobs to their respective downtowns. In addition, facade improvements and building rehabilitation projects have upgraded the image of Main Street. Main Street New Jersey builds on the Main Street ApproachTM that was developed by the National Trust's Main Street Center in 1980 to assist downtown revitalization efforts nationwide. a grass-roots, comprehensive management philosophy designed to stimulate the downtown's economy and capitalize on its unique image. Not a grant program, it is a self-help volunteer-driven, community-based effort that requires synchronizing public and private partners to identify and capitalize on existing local assets. Participation offers access to vast resources, training, and technical assistance that would otherwise be cost prohibitive.
- New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office
- Division of Parks and Forests
- Department of Environmental Protection
- PO Box 420
- 501 Station Plaza
- Building 5 - 4th Floor
- Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
- (609) 984-0176 (o)
- (609) 984-0578 (f)
- Responsible for administering all federal and state historic preservation programs including the nomination of properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Source of information on a variety of subjects including preservation techniques, preservation planning, and rehabilitation tax credits.
- New Jersey Historic Trust
- Department of Community Affairs
- PO Box 457,
- 101 South Broad Street , Sixth Floor
- Trenton, NJ 08625-0212
- (609) 984-0473 (o)
- (609) 984-7590 (f)
- Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by State law. The New Jersey Historic Trust is governed by a fifteen member board of trustees. Twelve members are private citizens appointed by the Governor who serve without compensation. They represent all areas of the state and bring to the Trust a wide range of experience in preservation. Three members serve ex-officio, representing the State Treasurer, the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, with which the Trust is affiliated.
- Preservation New Jersey,
- 310 West State Street
- Trenton , NJ 08618
- Private, non-profit historic preservation organization. Provides preservation advocacy and information to local organizations and individuals. Publishes their annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in NJ list and a digital newsletter, PNJNet,maintains an informative blog, provides a network of and informative training opportunities for professionals through the Building Industry Network, presents conferences, technical workshops, and seminars on preservation issues throughout the state and serves as a clearinghouse for technical assistance and information to homeowners, municipalities, historic preservation commissions, nonprofit agencies and other individuals and groups.
- National Park Service, Regional Office
- Northeast Region
- U.S. Custom House
- 200 Chestnut St., Fifth Floor
- Philadelphia, PA 19106
- (215) 597-7013
- Dennis Reidenbach, Regional Director
- National Government agency with many publications and programs including National Register of Historic Places, Historic American Building Survey, National Center for Preservation Technology & Training, Certified Local Government.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation,
- Northeast Office:
- 1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW
- Washington, DC 20036-2117
- (202) 588-6000 (o)
- (800) 944-6847 (o)
- (202) 588-6038 (f)
- National private, non-profit historic preservation organization whose responsibility is to enhance public awareness of our nation’s heritage of significant buildings, sites, and objects. The Trust is headquartered in Washington, DC, maintains six regional offices that act as a contact for preservationists in the region, offers technical assistance and financial assistance through various grant programs, and publishes a monthly newspaper, a bimonthly magazine, a newsletter, and numerous preservation publications.
- Franklin Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission
- Municipal Building
- 475 DeMott Lane
- Somerset, NJ 08873
- The Commission has a variety of informational materials available including bibliographies, specialists lists, and guides and bulletins. The Commission is willing to provide assistance with historic property nominations and advice on maintenance and improvements to historic properties.
- Franklin Township Public Library
- 485 DeMott Lane
- Somerset, NJ 08873
- (732) 873-8700
- In addition to books on architecture and construction, the library is a good source for local history research with its collection of maps and histories of Franklin Township and Somerset County as well as local family information in the Historic Collection Room.
- Rutgers University Alexander Library
- Special Collections/ New Jersey Room
- College Avenue
- New Brunswick, NJ 08903
- (732) 932-7006 (o)
- (732) 932-7012 (f)
- Their archives contain Franklin Township records including clerk's records and prominent residents' personal journals, along with important early maps of the area and books on local history.
- Local Societies
- The Meadows Foundation
- 1289 Easton Avenue
- Somerset, New Jersey 08873
- (732) 828-7418
- Local non-profit organization that oversees seven historic properties they keep open to the public.
- Griggstown Historical Society
- c/o 506 County Road 601
- Belle Mead, NJ 08502
- Kingston Historical Society
- PO Box 323
- Kingston, NJ 08528
- Office: Delaware and Raritan Canal Lock Tenders House, Kingston, NJ
- Rockingham Association
- PO Box 496,
- Kingston, NJ 08528
- (609) 683-7132
- The Rockingham Association was incorporated in 1964 as the NJ State-recognized, non-profit auxiliary organization to Rockingham State Historic Site.
- Somerset County Historical Society
- Van Veghten House
- 9 Van Veghten Drive
- Bridgewater, NJ 08807
- (908) 218-1281
- They maintain a library with an extensive collection of published and unpublished historical reference and genealogical materials focused on Somerset County covering local, state, and national history and inhabitants. They also have available for sale their reproduced map of the municipalities in Somerset County, originally published in 1873, that records the buildings and property owners at that time. In their monthly newsletter, they provide an area for genealogical and local history queries. They are happy to provide assistance to anyone undertaking historical or genealogical research related to Somerset County, New Jersey
- Somerset County Clerk's Office
- Somerset County Administration Building
- 20 Grove Street PO Box 3000
- Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
- (908) 231-7006 (o)
- (908) 253-8853 (f)
- Keeper of the County records including deeds, mortgages, wills, and liens.
- New Jersey Historical Commission
- 225 West State Street, Fourth Floor
- PO Box 305
- Trenton, NJ 08625-0305
- (609) 292-6062 (o)
- (609) 633-8168 (f)
- The Commission was created by law in 1967 to advance public knowledge of the history of New Jersey. It consists of four state legislators, the state librarian, the secretary of state, the director of the state Historic Preservation Office, and ten citizens appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. The Commission has a staff of five. They further the Commission's mission through conferences, publications, workshops, grants, research, consultation, exhibitions, and media projects.
- New Jersey Historical Society
- 52 Park Place
- Newark, NJ 07102
- (973) 596-8500 (o)
- (973) 596-6957 (f)
- The New Jersey Historical Society is a state-wide, private, non profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences.
- New Jersey State Archives
- 225 West State Street- Level 2
- PO Box 307
- Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
- (609) 292-6260 (general information)
- (609) 633-8334 (o)
- (609) 292-9105 (f)
- The State Archives is the official repository for all New Jersey colonial and state government records of enduring historical value.
- New Jersey State Library
- 185 West State Street
- PO Box 520,
- Trenton NJ 08625-0520
- (609) 278-2640 (o)
- (609) 278-2647 (f)
- Materials available for researchers.
- The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
- PO Box 909
- Madison, New Jersey 07940
- (973) 377-7023
- The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey is a non-profit corporation who's mission is to promote and further the improvement, interpretation, and preservation of our historical heritage in New Jersey. The League is the largest grass-roots association in New Jersey history with some 260 member organizations which represent more than fifty thousand members
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An excellent source of information on a variety of topics related to the care and maintenance of historic properties is the series of Preservation Briefs published over the course of many years the National Park Service. There are currently 47 that may be obtained from the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, State Historic Preservation Offices, or accessed online from the list of titles below.
- Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings
- Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings
- Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings
- Roofing for Historic Buildings
- The Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings
- Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings
- The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta
- Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings: The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings
- The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows
- Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork
- Rehabilitating Historic Storefronts
- The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass (Vitrolite and Carrara Glass)
- The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows
- New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns
- Preservation of Historic Concrete
- The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors
- Architectural Character—Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving their Character
- Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings—Identifying Character-Defining Elements
- The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs
- The Preservation of Historic Barns
- Repairing Historic Flat Plaster—Walls and Ceilings
- The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco
- Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster
- Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches
- The Preservation of Historic Signs
- The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings
- The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron
- Painting Historic Interiors
- The Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance of HistoricSlate Roofs
- The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs
- Mothballing Historic Buildings
- Making Historic Properties Accessible
- The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass
- Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors: Preserving Historic Composition Ornament
- Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation
- Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapes
- Appropriate Methods of Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing
- Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry
- Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings
- Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors
- The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefront
- The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone
- The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports
- The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design
- Preserving Historic Wooden Porches
- The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations
- Maintaining the Exterior of Small and Medium Size Historic Buildings
In addition to thesePreservation Briefs, the Technical Preservation Services section of the National Park Service website includes other interesting and helpful information including Preservation Tech Notes, Online Training all versions of The Secretary of Interior's Standards as well as Guidelines for applying the Standards, Tax Incentives, Sustainability