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Somers Mansion, Somers Point
1725 ; renovations 1941
New Jersey

Richard Somers(1692 - 1760 )

The Somers Mansion is the oldest intact house in Atlantic County. Built around 1725 by Richard Somers, the son of John Somers (an early area settler), the house was continuously occupied by the Somers family for over 200 years. In 1937, Somers family descendants deeded it to the Atlantic County Historical Society. New Jersey took ownership of the Somers Mansion in 1941, and began an extensive restoration.




The Somers Mansion, c.1725, Shore Road, Somers Point (Atlantic County). Photograph courtesy Waymarking.

The original house had one large room featuring a walk-in fireplace with its early cooking crane and a narrow, winding, enclosed stairway that led to two rooms above and continued to a large attic. The three-story brick dwelling is laid in a traditional Flemish-bond pattern. Interesting architectural detail can be found in the interior woodwork, which is decorated with heart-shaped perforations. The renovation done by the state of New Jersey eliminated ten rooms that were added during the Victorian era.

Today, the house is furnished, on an indefinite loan, with 18th and 19th century artifacts from the Atlantic County Historical Society. Many furnishings are from area homes of that era, but some are original to the Mansion. The Somers Mansion is the only State historic site furnished by one volunteer organization. (JW)

References:

Herbert N. Moffett and Lewis D. Cook, A History of the Somers Mansion (Somers Point, NJ: Atlantic County Historical Society, 1942, 1st edition).

Additional information courtesy Atlantic County Historical Society, 907 Shore Road, Somers Point, New Jersey.

Links:
http://www.aclink.org/achs/
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5YWT_Somers_Mansion_Somers_Point_NJ
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