|The Drumthwacket Foundation
1982, the Drumthwacket Foundation has completely restored
the house, furnished it with period antiques, restored the
gardens, restored and furnished the Olden House, and opened
the house for visits by thousands of New Jersey’s citizens
and school children.
The Foundation . . .
- Acts as curator for the public rooms of the house. Much
like the White House, the Governor uses Drumthwacket to
hold meetings, host receptions and welcome visitors from
around the state and world.
- Acquires important New Jersey-related art and furnishings
through loans, gifts and privately donated funds.
- Conducts tours for more than 10,000+ visitors a year.
- Hosts field trips from schools from around the state.
The Foundation is very proud of the Discover Drumthwacket
school field trip program, whereby children from New Jersey’s
less affluent school districts are provided with bus transportation
to Drumthwacket and box lunches. This program is partially
funded by a generous grant from Wachovia. Nutritious lunches
for participating teachers and students from these low-income,
or Abbott, districts are generously provided by our local
- Continues to restore and preserve the historic elements
of the house and gardens.
- Educates visitors about the Revolutionary War history
of the site, the architectural features of the house and
grounds, the prominent families who owned the house, and
how the house is used by the sitting governor.
have been supported by dozens of volunteer Docents who lead the tours and educate the public about the house,
its contents and its history; and we have been fortunate to
have dozens of dedicated and caring Trustees over the past twenty years. Our Trustees have been ably guided
by the following Chairmen: Finn M.W. Caspersen (1982-84),
John F. Hoff, III (1985-89), T. Joseph Semrod (1990-93), James
L. Johnson (1994-2001), Alfred C. Koeppe (2002 - ), Ralph
Izzo (2003 - 2010) and John R. Strangfeld (2010- ).
The Drumthwacket Foundation is independent of state government
and has no association with any political party. It is a
charitable, 501(c)(3) foundation. Capital and operating funds
are sustained wholly by private donations, grants, and memberships.
We need your support. Please share in our pride and enthusiasm
by becoming a member. Join us!