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Spring finish eyed for historic-house project

Post Date:03/06/2019 9:51 AM
TRENTON—Work is progressing on the Rogers House Constructed Ruin Project in Mercer County Park, where three walls are being stabilized to preserve the historic brick of the house and integrate the structure into the park’s programming.

Built in 1761, the John Rogers House is believed to be the oldest existing structure in West Windsor Township. The Rogers House was listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places in 1976; it is significant as a good example of the 18th century pattern brick architecture. The structure was deeded to Mercer County in 1970 when the lands around the house became Mercer County Park.

Based on park planning and programming location, the County will preserve the historic brick walls as an “open-air” constructed ruin adapted for interpretation. The renovated Rogers House site will include adjacent landscape with porous paved walking paths, vehicle access roads, parking and outdoor interpretive signage. The interpretive signage will tell the story of the Rogers’ farmstead and house within the local and regional history of the area. The renovated site will serve as a public gathering space and a point of interest along the walking paths and trails.

The Rogers House Constructed Ruin Project is a joint project of the Mercer County Park Commission and County Planning Department, and is being funded through the Open Space Trust Fund, which funds open space, farmland, recreation and historic preservation in Mercer County. Work began at the site in June 2018 and expected completion is this spring.

Rogers House
The County is preserving the historic brick walls of the Rogers House as an “open-air” constructed ruin adapted for interpretation.

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