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Craig House Overview

Their livelihood was tied to the land, but in June 1778, the Craig family found their agrarian way of life suddenly disrupted and ravaged by the onrush of war.

This 18th-century farmhouse bore witness to the Battle of Monmouth as the home of John and Ann Craig and their three children. The Craigs fled the house as the battle approached on June 28, 1778. The family returned after the battle to find their buildings still standing but, according to family tradition, hidden valuables gone.

The Craig House is now part of Monmouth Battlefield State Park.

The earliest section of the Craig Farmhouse was built by Samuel Craig in 1746. The original house was a one-and-one-half story Dutch-framed structure. It was enlarged in the 1770s by John Craig, Jr. with the extension of the Georgian-style two-story addition on the west side.

The other building you see on the property is an English-framed, mid-19th century barn, which replaced the probably much larger 18th-century barn of John Craig, Jr. This barn has stable space for six cows and horses.

At the time of the Battle of Monmouth, the Craig Family abandoned their house, fearing that fighting would come near after they saw columns of smoke from burning farms along nearby Allentown Road. Family tradition says that they drove their livestock out of harm’s way, loaded their “…household goods in two wagons…and rode towards Upper Freehold to avoid molestation.” The tradition further states that the family took their silver and placed it in a kettle and sank it in the well, hiding the well’s bucket and chain. However, thirsty British soldiers, possibly using the house as a field hospital, drained the well and found the silver.

After the battle, the Craig family and their descendants continued to farm the property until 1943, when the property was sold to Ernest Tark who used it as worker housing for his farm. The house was not maintained well during the Tark years and fell into disrepair. In 1965 the State of New Jersey purchased the property and, with the help of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, have since restored the house and barn.

Facilities for People with Disabilities
We encourage people with disabilities who require special considerations to contact the historic site / park at the phone number listed in the general information on the home page of the historic site / park. The staff will assist with arrangements. Text telephone (TT) users, please call the NJ Relay Services at (800) 852-7899.

For the Comfort and Enjoyment of All
This historic site / park is part of the NJ State Park system and your cooperation with the following will help ensure the survival of the museum collections, historic structures & features and surrounding property for the enjoyment and education of future generations!

  • Keep your historic site / park and surrounding property clean and green! Protect this site by taking your trash with you. Whatever you carry into the site, plan on carrying it out too. Bring a bag or two for trash, recycling and cleaning up after your pet. There are no trash receptacles at this site. Thank you!
  • No Smoking on NJ State Park Service Property. Pursuant to N.J.P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-56)
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at state historic sites [ N.J.A.C. 7:2-2.6]
  • The collection or removal of any object from State Park property is prohibited without written permission from the Superintendent.
  • Use of metal detecting devices on or unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on or over the property is not permitted without a special use permit (SUP) from the State historic site / park.
  • Commercial photography is not permitted on the property without a special use permit (SUP) from the historic site / park.
  • Interior photography, videotaping or audio taping are not permitted in the historic structure / visitor center / museum, except by prior written permission and for educational purposes only.
  • Non-commercial photography is permitted on the property (outside), but please help preserve the historic site / park and any surrounding property by not attaching anything to, climbing or sitting on historic structures and features or disturbing any plants, wild or cultivated. Photography may not interfere with other visitors to the historic site / park or impede site operations.
  • Food and beverages; pets/animals, except for service animals, are not permitted in the historic structure / visitor center / museum.
  • Please refrain from touching objects/furnishings in and building components of historic structures and museums, except where invited to do so by staff.

Please contact this historic site / park with specific inquiries about any of these restrictions, as there may be some variations at this specific historic site / park.

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Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

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Phone Number
732-462-9616

Historic Site Hours
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April through December - Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
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Admission is free, program fees may apply.

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