William Trent House

The William Trent House , the oldest house in Trenton was built for William Trent. He founded the eponymous town, which became the capital of New Jersey. It has served as the residence for several Governors.

During the Summer of 1798, the federal government evacuated to Trenton to escape a yellow fever epidemic plaguing the temporary national capital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following Congress's adjournment in July (in Philadelphia), President John Adams spent the rest of the summer and most of the fall at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts. Trent House housed federal offices until November, when the danger was deemed to have passed.

Recently, the building has been undergoing renovation including a new visitors center, funded by a grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust. It serves as a historic house museum.

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