NJ Women’s Heritage Trail

New Jersey’s rich past always has included the stories of the lives of a few “famous” women from Annis Boudinot Stockton, a Colonial poet; to Clara Barton, Civil War nurse and founder of the first public school in New Jersey; to suffragist leader Alice Paul; to pioneering aviator and writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh; to 20th-century political leader Millicent Fenwick.

MB White SignB03.aiThe New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail will lead you to the historic places that tell the collective story of a few of these famous women, and many of the more private women, who contributed to the agricultural, industrial, labor and domestic history of the state. Although women always have comprised over half of the state’s population, the tales of women’s contributions to New Jersey history often have been omitted from our telling of history. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.

The idea for the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail emerged from collaborative work done by the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation New Jersey when they helped to organize the first annual conference on women and historic preservation in Bryn Mawr, PA, in 1994. In 1999, legislation provided the initial funding to begin research to identify historic sites associated with New Jersey women. With additional funding from the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, and support from the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, work was begun in the summer of 2000. Preservation Partners, a historic preservation consulting firm, carried out this groundbreaking project, with additional scholarly contributions by the Women’s Project of New Jersey. New Jersey is the first state in the country to undertake a statewide comprehensive survey of women’s historic sites.

For questions regarding the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail, please email, call, or write to Preservation Partners using the contact information below.

Preservation Partners
P.O. Box 506
Crosswicks, NJ 08515

(609) 291-9351


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