The New Jersey Historic Trust is a leading voice for preservation and heritage tourism in the state. The Trust’s matching grant programs have helped to preserve, restore and interpret over 700 historic buildings and sites since its inception in 1967. In 2010, the Trust commissioned a heritage tourism master plan, Linking our Legacy to a New Vision. This plan guided the development of a new heritage tourism endeavor in 2012 to encourage the development of New Jersey's heritage tourism industry. In addition to promoting New Jersey’s rich history and culture, heritage tourism is a key driver of New Jersey’s economy, creating nearly 38,000 jobs and generating $335 million in New Jersey tax revenue in 2012 alone.


Help support the Trust’s heritage tourism initiative by carrying New Jersey's history wherever you drive with Discover NJ History license plates on your vehicle. Adapted from a painting by renowned New Jersey artist Harry Devlin, these beautifully designed plates will remind others that history is never far away in the Garden State. Proceeds from the sale of these plates support the Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for Heritage Tourism, which provides small grants (up to $5,000) to develop and promote visitor ready sites as heritage tourism destinations. To purchase your license plate: