Perth Amboy’s Proprietary House, the Royal Governor’s Mansion at 149 Kearny Ave has been voted as one of the top 8 NJ historic sites in a competition held by NJTV called #NJTVTourismTourney. On Thursday Aug 8th starting at 9:30 am you can vote for Proprietary House to advance as it competes for the title of New Jersey’s top historic site.
NJTV describes Proprietary House as “One of the most historic buildings in the United States, Proprietary House has served as a residence to New Jersey’s last royal governor, a stylish hotel, a private mansion, a retirement home, a boarding house and now a museum.”
Perth Amboy is rich with Revolutionary War sites and you can read all about its over 20 historic sites in the Ultimate Field Guide to NJ Revolutionary War History.
Proprietary House, built in 1762, was the home of William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin. William Franklin served as the Royal Governor of New Jersey in 1763. William Franklin had meetings at Proprietary House with his father to discuss independence. However unlike his father he did not support independence during the Revolutionary War and was arrested on the steps of Proprietary House in 1776.
Voting starts at 9:30 am on Thursday, August 8th for Proprietary House to advance as the top NJ historic site. You can vote on the facebook pages of Proprietary House or NJTV by simply clicking on photo of Proprietary House in the Aug 8th post of the competition.