A National Treasure That Once Entertained George Washington

Instagram user and local historian @archi_guy recently shared some amazing facts about the historical Drake House, located in Plainfield, NJ. This museum is city-owned and operated by the Plainfield Historical Society. This place is unique because it was a place that George Washington and his company frequented during the Revolutionary War.

This is one of the many reminders about all of the rich American history that New Jersey has to offer. Read more about the story of it below. We encourage you to go visit this unique place in Union County and suggest a $5 donation fee when visiting. You can find more details on the museum’s website.

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History of the Drake House

The Drake House Museum in Plainfield, New Jersey. It was built in 1746 by Isaac Drake as a home for his son, Nathaniel. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington and his officers met here during and after the Battle of Short Hills in late June 1777. However, the house did not look like it does now. At the time of the Revolution, it was a simple one-and-a-half-story farmhouse with a lean-to.

In 1865 and again in 1875, the home was expanded, the roof was raised, and towers were added. In 1921, the first meeting of the Historical Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield was held at the house and it became a museum. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the home continues to serve as a museum administered by the Historical Society of Plainfield.

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