Proprietary House, the Royal Governors Mansion, is a New Jersey Revolutionary War site that the State will invest $3 million in for restoration and preparations for the nations Semiquincentennial anniversary. The historic site in Perth Amboy is one of 10 NJ Revolutionary War sites that will receive a share of the $25 million the state has allocated from American Rescue Funds. Investment in the American Revolutionary War sites will bolster NJ History Tourism around the celebrations of the nations 250th Anniversary in 2026. History buffs are expected to travel and visit revolutionary war sites around the country.
NJ Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said “The historical significance of Perth Amboy during the Revolutionary War rivals any city in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania or Virginia. As America prepares for celebrations in 2026, it is vital that Perth Amboy’s history play an integral role, as well as a top tourism site.”
Proprietary House at 149 Kearny Ave in Perth Amboy is a tall colonial mansion and the only governor’s mansion of the original Thirteen Colonies still standing. Proprietary House is owned by the state and operated by the Proprietary House Association. It is the last-standing mansion of a royal governor from the original 13 colonies. The last royal governor of NJ, William Franklin ( Benjamin Franklin’s son) lived there from 1774-1776 and was arrested at the house in June 1776. Proprietary House holds re-enactments of the arrest, tours of the house and hosts live music events in the colonial wine cellar.