Historic Preservation

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Women’s volunteer organizations have played a significant role in the development of the American historic preservation movement since the mid-19th century, and in some ways, parallels the history of the movement itself. The role of women’s early volunteer efforts played in awakening popular interest in America’s architectural heritage was significant. It was the upper and middle class women who, by the late 19th century, had the leisure time to devote to community efforts, generating publicity, raising money, and buying and restoring properties, helping to save many of the nation’s most treasured landmarks. Effective managerial and organizational skills combined with a concern for teaching a certain set of values about home and community provided the impetus needed to save many historic buildings and sites from demolition or benign neglect. Many preservationists attribute the first organized national preservation effort to a group of women led by Ann Pamela Cunningham, who rallied in the 1850s to successfully save Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s Virginia farm.

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    Rockingham

    In 1783, while the Continental Congress was meeting at Nassau Hall is nearby Princeton, Congress rented Rockingham from Margaret Berrien, the widow of Judge John Berrien for use by General George Washington from August 23 to November 10, 1783.

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    Acorn Hall

    Acorn Hall’s significance reflects the Crane-Hone women’s contribution to the survival of the house and interior.

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    Marlpit Hall

    Monmouth County, Middletown Township Marlpit Hall 137 Kings Highway Middletown, NJ Open to Public For more information, call (732) 462-1466 or visit the website […]

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    Old Barracks Museum

    The Old Barracks is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its significance as the finest example of colonial barracks in the United States and because of its role in the Battle of Trention during the Revolutionary War.

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    Women’s Federation Memorial

    The New Jersey Palisades section of the Hudson River consists of towering sheer rocky cliffs, waterfalls and rock pillars.