Nathaniel Drake House

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Nathaniel Drake House
Nathaniel Drake House is located in Union County, New Jersey
Nathaniel Drake House
Nathaniel Drake House is located in New Jersey
Nathaniel Drake House
Nathaniel Drake House is located in the United States
Nathaniel Drake House
Location 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°36′49″N 74°25′56″W / 40.61361°N 74.43222°W / 40.61361; -74.43222Coordinates: 40°36′49″N 74°25′56″W / 40.61361°N 74.43222°W / 40.61361; -74.43222
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1746
Architect Drake, Nathaniel
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 73001135[1]
NJRHP # 2695[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 19, 1973
Designated NJRHP January 29, 1973

The Nathaniel Drake House is located in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, United States. The house was built in 1746 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1973. It now operated as the Drake House Museum and is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Plainfield, though the building is owned by the City of Plainfield. The most famous piece in the Society's collection is the painting, "The Death of General Sedgwick" by Julian Scott.


Issac Drake built the home in 1746 for his son Nathaniel Drake on the Old York Road. The original home was a ​1 12-story building with four rooms and a lean-to kitchen. George Washington stayed at the home during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777.[3] John S. Harberger purchased the home in 1864 and remodeled the building. Harberger's additions to the building included a mansard roof, ballroom, a 3-story tower in the rear of the building and a turret on the side of the home.[4]

See also


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Union County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. July 7, 2009. p. 19. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  3. ^ "THE DRAKE HOUSE". Drake House Museum. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Information about the Drake House". The Drake House Museum Home of the Historical Society of Plainfield. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.

External links

  • Drake House Museum
  • The Battle of Short Hills

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