Historical Sites in Elizabeth, NJ

Walk among history in Elizabeth, NJ. Our city is over 350 years old, and we have the history to prove it! Walking through our historic mid-town you will find so many historical areas, from some of the oldest cemeteries, to old homes/mansions where major players in the Revolutionary War stayed, to statues honoring the times that our countrymen fought off the British to make America possible. You will be amazed at how much you didn’t know, you didn’t know!

Elizabeth has just as much historical value as Boston or Philadelphia, but instead of having it gated off with red velvet rope, our community lives among our history. We are history’s best kept secret. Our Opening The Doors to Our History video will give you a sneak peak at our secret…For a complete historical account of Elizabeth, NJ: Then & Now, click here. What will you discover?

  • Altenburg Piano House

    Altenburg Piano House, founded in 1847, is the oldest family-run piano house in the United States. Through all the years that have passed, one thing that has stayed constant is our passion for great pianos. Altenburg Piano House can trace its origins to the Otto Altenburg Piano Co., founded in 1847 in Germany. The Altenburgs immigrated to […]

  • Bonnell House

    The Bonnell House is the oldest house in Elizabeth, NJ and one of the oldest residences in the state. The house represents the carpentry skills of Nathaniel Bonnell, a Hugenot originally from New Haven, CT. He came to Elizabeth about 1664 and was one of the original settlers and a member of the incorporating organization, the […]

  • The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown

    Snyder Academy traces its roots to the founding of the city of Elizabeth in 1664 as one of the oldest and most historic sites in New Jersey, serving the city of Elizabeth and Union County for over 350 years. Today, Snyder Academy operates in a newly renovated, 20,000 square foot building adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church and […]

  • Elizabeth River Trail

    The Elizabeth River Trail highlights the history of Elizabeth with artwork from local artists displayed along its path. The trail restores some of the natural beauty of the urban waters that played an important part in Elizabeth’s development as a city. It is a place for pedestrian traffic that provides many recreational and educational opportunities. […]

  • Historical Walking Tour

    Are your kids bored with history? Do they have a hard time finding it relevant? If so, Elizabeth’s historical city walking tours can help give them a brand new perspective. With smartphone-enabled audio accompanying historical streets and architecture that span over 350 years, even the biggest history detractors will love learning about Elizabeth’s rich past. […]

  • First Presbyterian Church

    This is the site of the founding of Elizabethtown and the State of New Jersey in 1664. The First Presbyterian Church was built in 1668 and was the site of an important battleground during the Revolutionary War. The church was the first house of worship in the settlement of Elizabethtown. Burned by British and Loyalist […]

  • Boxwood Hall

    Boxwood Hall has a very rich history that connects it with an early mayor of Elizabethtown, a President of the Continental Congress, the first President of the United States, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and three signers of the United States Constitution. Boxwood Hall was built circa 1750 by Samuel Woodruff, who was then the Mayor […]

  • Belcher-Ogden Mansion

    Built in 1750, the Belcher-Ogden Mansion was the originally the residence of Royal Governor Jonathan Belcher. Belcher sponsored the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University. Elisha Boudinot (brother of Elias Boudinot who lived at nearby Boxwood Hall) was married here in 1778 to Catherine Peartree Smith. At that time, the house was […]

  • Elizabeth Public Library

    The Elizabeth Public Library, which was built in 1912, stands at the site of the Red Lion Inn in the 1700’s. The Inn, owned by Samuel Smith, was here during the Revolutionary War era. During the war, it was the site of at least one Court Martial, on March 8, 1779. The Red Lion Inn survived […]

  • Liberty Hall at Kean University

    A 23-acre National Historic site built in 1772 by New Jersey’s first governor, William Livingston, Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American History. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, […]

  • Ritz Theater

    A Treasured Landmark In the heart of Elizabeth lies one of the city’s most precious gems—the Ritz Theater. You won’t want to miss out on visiting this beautiful landmark when you’re in town. Built in 1926 with seating for 2,772 people, The Ritz is one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest fully operational theaters. With […]

  • Minute Man Statue

    As one of the oldest streets in North America and an important portal during the Revolutionary War, Elizabeth Avenue is anchored by Union Square. A marker and statue of a Minuteman marks the avenue at the sire of the Continental Outpost at the battle of June 8, 1780 when a column of 5,000 British Regulars […]

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church

    Founded in 1706, the church is known for its features, including stained glass, rich wood work and a cemetery. St. John’s Episcopal Church is known as one of the oldest Episcopal Churches in America. Members of the church’s congregation stem from different backgrounds and cultures. St. John’s Episcopal Church has a Sunday school and a […]

  • Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park

    Your time in Elizabeth, New Jersey would not be complete without a visit to the Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park on the Arthur Kill Waterway. The Views Veterans Memorial Park was established in 1993 to honor the brave men and women who have served in the American Military. You’ll enjoy the patriotism of this park as […]