Apple Tree House in JSQ to be converted to historic museum

by | Sep 28, 2022

Credit: Jennifer Brown

Sweeping changes are coming to Journal Square. In addition to the new Pompidou Jersey City and Loews Theater, the Jersey City Council has voted to lease the Van Wagenen House — also known as The Apple Tree House — to the Museum of Jersey City History (MJCH). Located at 298 Academy Street, the new building will be called the Museum of Jersey City History at Apple Tree House.

“The Apple Tree House embodies Jersey City’s rich history and diverse communities, which is why it was our priority to restore the historical landmark as part of our broader efforts to bring Journal Square back to life as the premier destination for arts and culture,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.

The first floor of the Museum of Jersey City History at Apple Tree House will host permanent historical exhibits highlighting different aspects of Jersey City’s history. The level above it will feature rotating Jersey City-themed historical exhibitions.

History of The Apple Tree House

The Apple Tree House was built in 1740 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s named after the apple tree under which General George Washington dined with French Major General Marquis De Lafayette in 1779 to strategically plan for battle against the British during the Revolutionary War. Following construction, the historic landmark was reopened to the public in 2017.

“For years, we fought to restore the Apple Tree House and find a permanent place where we not only preserve Jersey City’s historical significance but also where residents and visitors can learn about the key role our City has played in our nation’s history,” said Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano.

Since being restored and reopened in 2017, the house has hosted various community events, history exhibitions, family programming, educational lectures, and tours. You can check out the Apple Tree House website for upcoming events.

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