The Warren County Freeholders awarded a $121,900 preservation grant to the Phillipsburg Area Historical Society for restoration of the Roseberry Homestead at their regular meeting Wednesday evening. Almost a dozen other preservation projects in the county also gained funding. The building, erected between 1750 and 1770, has many connections to late colonial and early Revolutionary War figures.
The money will enable development of a long-range preservation plan, required by the state’s Historical Preservation Office because the Roseberry Homestead is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It will also fund major work to secure the site, install authentic period windows and doors, and repair the masonry of the large stone building. The attached kitchen will eventually be restored to its eighteenth-century condition, but that will depend on additional funding.
Historical Society President Randy Piazza said “It is unlikely that we’ll begin any significant preservation work until February, at the earliest, because of the planning involved,” but he noted that the building will continue to open for occasional tours and special events, even during the restoration work. The public can follow the progress of the work and see what’s going on here at the preservation project’s blog.