Did you know there’s a survivor near your apartment in Perth Amboy, NJ?
It’s a monument to war and peace, to elegance, decline, and renewal. The Proprietary House (159 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy) is over 250 years of American history just minutes away from your Perth Amboy apartment, and it’s waiting to be explored.
Built in 1764, the house was the residence of New Jersey’s last Royal Governor, William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin who broke with his father during the Revolutionary War and later died in England. The house was later a private residence, a retirement home, and a boarding house before falling into disrepair in the early 20th century. The house is now a museum of early American life, housing important collections of colonial furniture and artwork, plus archaeological discoveries that tell its own fascinating history.
Tours are free—just book ahead on the website, and keep an eye out for events, talks, or special holiday programs. This is a great opportunity for history buffs, design aficionados, and all who want to get to know the area better.
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