Officials in Warren County, NJ announced the recipients of five preservation grants this week. Of the five grants, three will go to support historic preservation efforts throughout the county.
The preservation grant program is funded by a county-voter approved open space tax. Since the program began, Warren County has awarded over 158 grants to projects within each of the municipalities in the county. Any project that includes acquisition of land for conservation purposes or the acquisition and preservation of historic structures is eligible.
Three historic preservation projects received grants this round. The Knowlton Township Historic Commission was awarded $225,000 to support its restoration of the Ramsaysburg Homestead, the remains of a 1795 settlement built by Irish immigrants. $75,000 went to the Pohatcong History & Heritage Society to support the rehabilitation of Shimer Mansion, an Italianate residence built in 1850. The third grant supports efforts to restore the interior of the Van Nest/Hoff/Vannatta Homestead. The project received $75,000.
In a press release, Freeholder Director Jason J. Sarnoski described the importance of each of these projects in preserving Warren County. “We are pleased to assist in directing the dedicated tax dollars to these worthy projects,” he said.