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NJDAR State Headquarters — Watson House

Watson HouseBuilt on a bluff overlooking Watson’s Creek, the Isaac Watson House was built in 1708, and is recognized as the oldest house in Mercer County. It serves as the headquarters of the New Jersey State Society of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was restored by NJDAR in 1964, as part of the New Jersey Tercentenary Celebration.

Isaac Watson was the son of Quakers who came to this country from England in 1684. The furniture now displayed in this fine stone house antedates 1790, and several pieces were made by New Jersey craftsmen. In addition, many articles in the home were donated by New Jersey Daughters.

Watson House is open to the public for docent-guided tours each spring and fall from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on the second Sunday of April, May, June, September, October and November. Tour dates during 2014 are:
Sunday, April 13
Sunday, May 11
Sunday, June 8
Sunday, September 14
Sunday, October 12
Sunday, November 9

These open houses are a great family or individual outing. Those planning to tour Watson House should wear sneakers or flat rubber-soled shoes — high heels are not permitted. There is no charge to tour the house, but donations to assist with its upkeep are welcome.

Arranging group tours for schools, senior groups and DAR Chapters

Watson House interior
Watson House Interior

Group tours must be arranged at least six weeks in advance. Information can be picked-up at one of the open house events or can be obtained by calling Watson House at 609-888-2062 and leaving a message. Please leave your name, complete mailing address, name of your group or organization and a phone number, so that a group tour reservation form can be mailed to you.

The Isaac Watson House is located at 151 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. Watson House is easily accessible from Route 206, heading towards Trenton. Bear left through the White Horse intersection, and stay in the left lane (South Broad Street). At the fourth traffic light, turn onto West Park Avenue. Continue through two stop streets, then make a left turn onto Westcott Avenue. After passing under high tension wires, make an immediate right turn onto the lane that leads to Watson House. Parking is available in the parking lot, inside the chain link fence.

 

 

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