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George Washington’s Union County Headquarters

The Nathaniel Drake House is located in Plainfield, New Jersey. The house was built in 1746 by Isaac Drake.  Isaac Drake was  a son of the Rev. John Drake, first Baptist minister of Piscataway, NJ. Originally, the home was a 1 1/2 story building with four rooms and a lean-to kitchen.  George Washington stayed at the home during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777 and made it his Union County Headquarters for that time. The Drake family were all patriots.

The home is now operated at the Drake House Museum and is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Plainfield.  The building has been updated by grants from the NJ Historic Trust. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is one of the oldest buildings in NJ. Among the museum’s collection are the original deed to the property,  the will of Nathaniel Drake, the family Bible, and a well-preserved portrait of Nathaniel.

 

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