- Open year-round, dawn to dusk
- Tulpehaking Nature Center: 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday
- Guided activities and programs for all ages hosted at Tulpehaking Nature Center, including educational nature walks, archeology, geology, history, nature programs and lectures, photography workshops and exhibits, story time and exploration room for kids, yoga, and more
- Group tours available upon request
- Self-guided hikes facilitated by detailed maps, well-marked trails and points of interest that can be accessed by cell phone
- Trails and water routes open to the public for hiking, wildlife observation, kayaking and canoeing, picnicking, and fishing
- ADA accessible restrooms at nature center
- Bus parking
- Community rooms
- Group tours
- Self-guided tours
Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark
157 Westcott Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08610
The Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark comprises 2,500 acres of marshlands and bluffs along the Delaware River. It features both the Point Breeze Estate of Joseph Bonaparte and the Isaac Watson House, built in 1708, which is recognized as the oldest house in Mercer County. The site also boasts remaining structures from the White City Amusement Park which opened in Trenton in 1907. The surrounding Abbott Marshlands are part of important greenways found along the Delaware and Raritan Canal, Crosswicks Creek, and the Delaware River. They provide habitats for plants and animals, and the many trails and water routes are open to the public for recreation. Both the site and surrounding marshlands are named for Charles Conrad Abbott, an archaeologist, naturalist, and writer who lived on the bluffs in a farmhouse from 1874 to 1914. During that time, he generated international attention and collected thousands of artifacts on display throughout the area.
The site has a long history of occupation by Native Americans and is recognized as the largest known Middle Woodland village site – a period dating back to approximately 200 BC and 300 AD – in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Much has been learned about the lifestyle and work habits of the indigenous population at the site, including Lenape cultural exchange across the northeast and regional ceramic styles. Additionally, the Abbott Farm played an important role in the development of archaeology and geology. It was the first archaeological historic landmark recognized in New Jersey.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Visit the Point Breeze Estate and Isaac Watson house on site
- Explore the remnants of the White City Amusement Park
- Enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding marshlands
- Learn more about Native American culture and customs at the Tulpehaking Nature Center
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