The mansion and surrounding city bear the name of the family who owned and occupied the house for over 200 years.
Somers Mansion, a three-story home constructed of brick in the Flemish bond pattern, sits overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay at Somers Point. The mansion, built by the early 1720s by Richard Somers, is considered to be the oldest existing house in Atlantic County, predating the county itself. The Mansion collection includes locally-made quilts and woven coverlets, many early samplers and furnishings including pieces used by the Somers family in the 18th Century.
In the late 1600s, the property which surrounds the Somers Mansion was acquired by John Somers who operated a ferry service across Great Egg Harbor Bay to Cape May. He referred to it as Somers Plantation and Somers Ferry and the surrounding settlement, the oldest in what became Atlantic County, became Somers Point in the mid-18th century. His son Richard, first of the family to be born in New Jersey, built what is now referred to as the mansion by 1726. That year the local Society of Friends (Quakers) used the home for a meeting and memorialized it in their minutes, making that the earliest recorded date of the home’s existence.
By the end of the 19th century, the mansion’s architecture had been added to and changed to reflect a Victorian style. The house remained in the Somers Family until 1937 when it was deeded by Florence Hayday Brooks and Lulu Hayday Smith, daughters of Hannah Hayday Somers, to The Atlantic County Historical Society for the purpose of creating a permanent memorial to the Somers family. In 1941, it was transferred to the State of New Jersey, dedicated on September 26, 1942, and in the early 1940s was restored to its colonial appearance as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. Laborers for the WPA both renovated the surviving furnishings and conducted historical restoration, including the elimination of rooms and architectural details dating to the 19th century. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and is now a State Historic Site.
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1000 Shore Road
Somers Point, NJ 08244
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