William Trent House

William Trent House
William Trent House in 1996
Location 15 Market Street, Trenton, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°12′45.7″N 74°45′57.7″W / 40.212694°N 74.766028°W / 40.212694; -74.766028Coordinates: 40°12′45.7″N 74°45′57.7″W / 40.212694°N 74.766028°W / 40.212694; -74.766028
Area 5.2 acres (2.1 ha)
Built 1719
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP reference # 70000388[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]

The William Trent House, the oldest house in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, was built for William Trent. He founded the eponymous town, which became the capital of New Jersey. It has served as the residence for three Governors.[3][4]

During the Summer of 1798, the federal government evacuated to Trenton to escape a yellow fever epidemic plaguing the temporary national capital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following Congress's adjournment in July (in Philadelphia), President John Adams spent the rest of the summer and most of the fall at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts. Trent House housed federal offices until November, when the danger was deemed to have passed.[5]

Recently, the building has been undergoing renovation including a new visitors center, funded by a grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust.[6] It serves as a historic house museum.

See also


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "William Trent House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  3. Greenwood, Richard (June 3, 1975). "William Trent House" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. National Park Service. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. "William Trent House" (pdf). Photographs. National Park Service. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  5. David McCullough, John Adams (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001), pp. 507, 516.
  6. New Jersey Trust Grant

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