New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has provided NOSC with a statement in regards to the historic Abbott House’s sale last week on August 3, 2016 in Elsinboro Township, NJ along the banks of Alloway Creek. If not sold the home was allegedly going to be demolished 90 days after Green Acres’ (land preservation program of the agency) said date of 08/01/2016.
See the statement sent via email to The News of Salem County from the NJDEP below:
“We are happy to announce that, as of Wednesday, the historic George Abbott house in Elsinboro Township has new owners and will remain in private hands. While DEP’s Green Acres Program had been interested in acquiring the property, it initiated the plan to spread word about the availability of the historic home in the hope it could be relocated or otherwise preserved. That effort was successful. The new owners, who had looked at the property a few years ago when it was previously up for sale, decided to look at the house again after hearing about the effort to save it. They loved what they saw, and Green Acres released its contract to purchase the land on which the house sits. The rest is history. We are very pleased that this beautiful structure will continue to be a cherished home for another family and remain one of the jewels of Salem County for many years to come.”
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
On August 3, 2016 the home’s sale was closed by new homeowners and the State’s Green Acres program released its contract to purchase the land in which the house sits. The private homeowners were interested in the home and property when the home was for sale before. Upon hearing of the Salem County historic home’s preservation efforts, the new homeowners decided to purchase the house which was allegedly built circa 1704 and is local historical center-piece. It is also an integral part of the American Revolutionary War, especially within Salem County. The approximate 300 British and Torry Soldiers (along with the famous Queen’s Rangers) seized the home before crossing the Alloway Creek and sneak attacking 20-30 local militiamen while sleeping resulting in the tragic Hancock House Massacre.
Check out the previous article by The News of Salem County when the house was purchased, at: newsofsalemcounty.com/abbot-house-saved-from-demolition/