• Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM (last tour 4:00PM)
  • Weekends by appointment
  • Closed State holidays
  • Guided tours
  • Tours can be designed for specific themes
  • Rotating exhibits
  • Outreach programs suitable for schools, Scouts, and Service Clubs
  • Partially ADA accessible
  • Off street parking
  • On street bus parking
  • Free

Boxwood Hall State Historic Site

1073 East Jersey Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201


Take a tour of the 250-year-old building focusing on the history of the City of Elizabeth and the State of New Jersey. Its period styled rooms reflect different times in the house’s history and explore Elizabeth during the American Revolution, slavery in New Jersey, and changes in domestic life.

Boxwood Hall was constructed in 1750 for the wealthy merchant and politician Samuel Woodruff. In 1772, Elias Boudinot, an Elizabeth lawyer who would go on to become a delegate of the Continental Congress, a New Jersey congressman, and later the director of the United State Mint, lived in the house with his wife Hannah Stockton, the younger sister of future New Jersey governor Richard Stockton. The property was sold in 1795 to Jonathan Dayton, a prominent politician and the youngest signer of the United States Constitution, whose career and fortune were destroyed after associating with Aaron Burr’s failed 1807 conspiracy attempt. Distinguished guests at the house include George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette.


  • Take a guided tour of the house to learn more about its prominent owners and to learn more about the City of Elizabeth and the State of New Jersey
  • Participate in one of the many special events hosted throughout the year

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