Save the 1704 George Abbott House in Salem County, NJ from demolition by the State of NJ
URGENT ALERT FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT OLD HOUSES/SOUTH JERSEY HISTORY! The 1704/1724 George Abbott House in Elsinboro Township, Salem County, is imminently threatened with demolition AT THE DIRECTION OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. This is one of the oldest brick houses in NJ. In 1847 it was covered with stucco; under the stucco, it could be one of the oldest of South Jersey patterned brick houses. The house is in immaculate condition, and is rich in unaltered historic features, including the 1704 fireplace and mantel and 1704 winding staircase.
Because of financial difficulties, the owners agreed to sell the house and property to NJ Green Acres, thinking the state would find a use for the house. Instead, their contract, which will be signed August 1, will stipulate that they must demolish the house within 60 days. This is a regulation of Green Acres acquisitions, though there are sometimes exceptions made. Please ask the NJ Department of Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin to remove the demolition requirement from the Contract for Sale so this wonderful historic house can be saved!
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