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Drumthwacet decorated for the holidays. (Photo: The Drumthwacket Foundation).

Drumthwacket is open to the public during the holiday season

By David Wildstein, November 23 2022 10:07 am

Continuing a long-standing tradition of decorating public room of Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey, for the holiday season, Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have announced that “The Holidays at Drumthwacket” will be open to the public for six days in December.

“Phil and I are happy to welcome thousands of New Jersey residents to what we like to call the People’s House for the holiday season,” said Tammy Murphy.  “The six fabulous garden clubs from across the state, along with the Drumthwacket Foundation, have done an amazing job this year in creating a magical winter wonderland at our historical Drumthwacket.  This holiday season, as you spend time with loved ones, we hope that you can join us for this truly unique experience.”

Garden clubs from Belvidere, Mountain Lakes, Allentown, West Trenton, Long Valley, Keyport, and Hunterdon Hills were selected to decorate Drumthwacket.

The Princeton mansion will be open from 11 AM to 2 PM on: Saturday, December 3; Sunday, December 4; Monday, December 5; Thursday, December 8; Monday, December 12; and Thursday, December 22.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.  Click HERE to reserve your spot.

Drumthwacket, which was built by Charles Olden in the 1830s, years before he became governor.  The state acquired Drumthwacket in 1966 to replace Morven, the former governor’s residence.  But since Drumthwacket opened after renovations in 1982, only two governors — James Florio and James E. McGreevey — lived their full-time.  John O. Bennett III, who served as acting governor in 2002, resideed at Drumthwacket during the entirety of his 84-hour administration.

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