Tour the historic state rooms and stunning grounds of the gleaming white mansion that is the official residence of the governor of New Jersey.
Get familiar with New Jersey’s history as you step through the doors of Drumthwacket. On a guided tour, find out how the home evolved from a tiny white homestead into the stately official residence of the governor of New Jersey.
Drumthwacket is steeped in history. During the American Revolutionary War, the pivotal Battle of Princeton was fought on its grounds. The Greek Revival mansion that stands today was built about 1835 for Charles Olden, who served as governor of New Jersey during the American Civil War. It is now owned by the state of New Jersey and continues its public service as the official residence of the state’s governor. Interestingly, it is one of only a few official gubernatorial residences that are not located within the state’s capital.
Visit Drumthwacket most Wednesday afternoons, excluding holidays, for a guided tour. Before you visit, make sure you check the schedule for current opening times. Choose from a variety of tour options. If your group is larger than 15, opt for a private group tour. Otherwise, join one of the early afternoon public tours. Note that pre-registration for tours is required.
On the main floor, tour through six public rooms that the governor uses for meetings and state receptions. Explore the light-filled solarium and the opulent center hall. Marvel at the ornate wood paneling in the parlor, dining room and music room. The library holds an impressive collection of books. See the governor’s study, where successive governors have conducted their work.
Outside, walk through Drumthwacket’s impressive Italianate gardens and manicured lawns. Small ponds, topiary figures and other botanical delights offer surprises at every corner.
Drumthwacket is a delight to visit in any season, but it really turns festive during the holidays. Come during the Christmas season, when the house is bedecked with decorations. Throughout the year, special exhibits make each visit unique and memorable.