We're Closed for Renovation!
Rockingham is getting a face lift! In February, work began to repair, renovate and/or replace the historic house’s siding, windows, doors, porches and roof in order to get us ready for the multi-year 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, the birth of our country and the celebration of its multi-faceted history! This major and much-needed project will proceed into the summer and will, for safety concerns, mean that the historic house and part of the grounds around it will be closed to the public. As soon as we know when we can reopen the house for tours, we will let you know!
Two back porches and the double front porch are in the process of refurbishment; the stone porch has been repointed; window panes are being reglazed and siding replaced or restored. Primer has been applied, waiting till closer to completion for the top gray coats. The roof shingles are in and work will begin there in the next few weeks. Here are some updated photos (to the right) of the renovations progress. More photos can been seen on the Rockingham Historic Site Facebook page!
Go to our Special Events page for info on upcoming events in our Dutch barn!
Keep checking back on this website, by phone (609-683-7132) and/or on our Facebook page!
Entrance to the Historic House is by Guided Tour ONLY:
Pre-registration is required to guarantee admittance.
Please go to rockingham1783.eventbrite.com to see the dates and times that the tour is offered and to obtain your free tickets for the tour
Tickets must be booked at least 24 hours ahead of each tour time. [Drop-in visitors MAY be accomodated less than 24 hours ahead IF conditions allow, by calling 609-683-7132]
Due to house constraints, standard tour size is limited to ten (10) people.
For groups of eleven (11) or more, or for organized groups of any size, reservations must be made at least one month in advance by calling the office @ 609-683-7132 to arrange a time.
The tour includes the first and second floor to the historic house. At the beginning of the tour please inform the docent of inability to climb the stairs and accommodation will be made to the best of our ability. Photography, (including videotaping), candy, food & drink are not permitted in the historic house. We ask that, in order to protect the historic house & collections and to ensure their preservation for future generations, visitors please refrain from touching or leaning on furnishings and historic structural elements. Limited seating is provided in each room.
Rockingham Historic Site
P.O. Box 496
Kingston, NJ 08528
Office: (609) 683-7132
Site Curator Lisa Flick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockingham Association: email@example.com
From Princeton follow Route 27 (Nassau Street/ Princeton-Kingston Road/ Main Street) north into Kingston. Turn left on to Laurel Avenue (Route 603). Rockingham is one mile north, on the left (west) side of the road. The parking lot is past the house and tree line, also on the left.
From Route 206 in the Montgomery area follow Route 518 east through Rocky Hill, across the Millstone River and D&R Canal bridges. Turn right onto Route 603 (Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.) at the light. Travel south for approximately one mile. The entrance to the parking lot is on the right (west), shortly past the entrance to Trap Rock Industries, marked by a brown sign with white lettering and a small section of wood fencing.
GPS Coordinates (84 Laurel Avenue, Franklin Township, NJ)
House - 40° 23' 02.92" N 74° 37' 08.82" W
Parking Entrance - 40° 23' 11.31" N 74° 37' 17.54" W
There is handicap parking in the parking lot. However, if walking will be too difficult through the woods and approximately 250 yards to the house, please call the office (609) 683-7132 for information regarding closer access.
Free, except for group reservations ($3 per person--13 yrs. & up, $1 per child--6 to 12 years, payable at time of tour); donations to The Rockingham Association are always greatly appreciated!
Visitor Center and Museum Store
Although not original to Rockingham, the charming 100-year-old stone building is open for certain events, serving as both a visitor center and a museum shop, operated by volunteers of The Rockingham Association. Newly arrived guests at Rockingham may stop by to pick up maps, brochures and other site literature, and purchase a wide variety of toys, gifts, and sundries.