Completed in 1764 as a residence for the colony’s Royal Governor, its 250 year history is filled with political intrigue, divided loyalties and family tragedy.
Over the years, the Proprietary House has served as a residence to New Jersey's last Royal Governor, a stylish hotel, a private mansion, a retirement home, a boarding house and now as office space and a museum. Yet one of its most telling periods is when it served as the residence of New Jersey’s Royal Governor William Franklin, illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin. As Governor, he ran lotteries to fund roads and bridges, introduced an assistance program for farmers and helped found Queens College, now Rutgers University. His loyalist leanings caused a rift between him and his father that was never reconciled.
Proprietary House is owned by the State of New Jersey and the museum is operated by the non-profit Proprietary House Association. For more details and program information visit TheProprietaryHouse.org
Please call site for hours of operation
Tours of the Museum every Wednesday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Afternoon Tea every Wednesday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm
$10 per Adult / $5 per Child
*Sunday Reservations Appreciated
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.
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149 Kearny Avenue Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Grounds Hours Please call site for hours of operation.
Tour Hours Wednesday and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Afternoon Tea every Wednesday and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Entrance Fee None