Nathaniel Drake House

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Nathaniel Drake House
Nathaniel Drake House is located in Union County, New Jersey
Nathaniel Drake House
Nathaniel Drake House is located in New Jersey
Nathaniel Drake House
Nathaniel Drake House is located in the United States
Nathaniel Drake House
Location602 West Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
Coordinates40°36′49″N 74°25′56″W / 40.61361°N 74.43222°W / 40.61361; -74.43222Coordinates: 40°36′49″N 74°25′56″W / 40.61361°N 74.43222°W / 40.61361; -74.43222
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1746 (1746)
Architectural styleGothic Revival
NRHP reference No.73001135[1]
NJRHP No.2695[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 19, 1973
Designated NJRHPJanuary 29, 1973

The Nathaniel Drake House is located at 602 West Front Street in the city of Plainfield in Union County, New Jersey. The house was built in 1746 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1973, for its significance in architecture.[3] It now operated as the Drake House Museum and is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Plainfield, though the building is owned by the City of Plainfield. The most famous piece in the Society's collection is the painting, "The Death of General Sedgwick" by Julian Scott.


Issac Drake built the home in 1746 for his son Nathaniel Drake on the Old York Road. The original home was a 1+12-story building with four rooms and a lean-to kitchen. George Washington stayed at the home during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777.[4] John S. Harberger purchased the home in 1864 and remodeled the building. Harberger's additions to the building included a mansard roof, ballroom, a 3-story tower in the rear of the building and a turret on the side of the home.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System – (#73001135)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places – Union County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Historic Preservation Office. March 23, 2022. p. 9.
  3. ^ Detwiller, Jr, Charles H. (March 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Nathaniel Drake House". National Park Service. With accompanying photo
  4. ^ "THE DRAKE HOUSE". Drake House Museum. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Information about the Drake House". The Drake House Museum Home of the Historical Society of Plainfield. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.

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