Historic Sites

Proprietary House
Proprietary House photo by Steve Sisskin

Proprietary House Proprietary House is an 18th century Royal Governors Mansion.  It is located at 149 Kearny Ave in Perth Amboy. The house is open Wednesday and Sunday for afternoon tea & a free tour. Proprietary House hosts reenactments and Victorian & Perth Amboy history events. Recently, they hosted a Terra Cotta History of Perth Amboy Tour and are currently hosting a Haunted History Tour. They have hosted mural tours by the artist Tom Ward and Historic Church tours. They also have hosted live music.

Perth Amboy Ferry Slip Museum Photo by James Erwin

Perth Amboy Ferry Slip Museum  The Perth Amboy Ferry Slip at 300 Front St has been used as a venue by Perth Amboy Artworks for a popular live music series in the spring and summer. There is a cozy Ferry Slip Museum that hosts exhibits and lectures. The Ferry Slip Museum is open Saturdays  3-6pm and by appointment.

Kearny Cottage  Kearny Cottage Museum at 63 Catalpa Ave is a period decorated colonial cottage that hosts events like the open mic/music series, Gas Tank Mojo Cafe, in honor of Jack Kerouac who dubbed Perth Amboy, Gas Tank Mojo Town, when he shipped out as a merchant marine. It is open Mon/ Thurs 2 – 4 p.m  and last Sunday of the month from 2-4pm. Join the Kearny Cottage Historic Association call 732-293-1090 or visit kearnycottage.org.

Perth Amboy City Hall
Perth Amboy City Hall Photo by Caroline Torres

Perth Amboy City Hall  Perth Amboy City Hall is the oldest operating municipal building in the country at 260 High St.

Perth Amboy Public Library

Perth Amboy Public Library  The newly renovated Perth Amboy Public Library is a Carnegie Library at 196 Jefferson St. The Perth Amboy Arts Council meets monthly at the library. The library holds free cultural events monthly, such as their African American Film Festival.

Raritan Yacht Club Perth Amboy
Raritan Yacht Club Photo by Ausrine Dere

Raritan Yacht Club– One of the oldest yacht clubs in the country founded in 1865 at 160 Water St.

St. Peters Episcopal Church– Is a pre-revoluionary war church founded in 1698 at 188 Rector St.

Surveyor General’s Museum- Next to City Hall at 260 High St is the new museum which celebrates the historical and archaeological heritage of Perth Amboy,  the first incorporated municipality in New Jersey. The museum has also been hosting art and cultural events.

Historic Markers along the Waterfont– You can learn about the history of Perth Amboy at stops along the waterfront, like the significance of the bluff on Water St during the Revolutionary War.