Trent House in the News


Click here to read Anne Levin’s article in Town Topics about our 300th Anniversary celebration.







Image result for william trent house museum site:youtube.comClick here to see poet Todd Evans read his work at The Museum for African American History Month.


Image result for william trent house museum site:youtube.comClick here to see our docent Shawn Carney guide the Verizon FiOS This Is Jersey team

through the Museum.

“Coming up on this edition of This Is Jersey, we’re in Trenton visiting the historic 1719 William Trent House Museum. The mansion belonged to William Trent, the founder of our capital city that bears his name, and it’s a historic landmark in New Jersey. We get a guided tour of the facility, showing off everything the museum has to offer, and ensuring you never have to set foot in the building yourself ( but you DEFINITELY should).

This is Jersey with Gary Gellman” airs on Verizon FiOS 1 News and covers the best New Jersey has to offer. We travel throughout the Garden State, talking to elected officials, local celebrities, business owners, educators, historians, community leaders, activists, artists, athletes, residents, talented visitors to our state and more! “This is Jersey” gives it’s views a personal looks at everything the want to know about New Jersey!”





Image result for william trent house museum cspanClick here to see the Trent House featured on CSPAN2.

William Trent House

Samantha Luft explained the William Trent House’s nearly 300 year history. The William Trent House is the oldest house in Trenton. William Trent, a wealthy merchant from Philadelphia, built the house in 1719.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2017 LCV Cities Tour” in Trenton, New Jersey, from April 15-21 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.




As New Jersey’s first Assembly Speaker, John Hart was among the early New Jersey leaders to play an integral role in the American Revolution. During the summer of 1776, Hart attended the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia as a delegate from New Jersey and signed the Declaration of Independence. In December of that year, during the Hessian occupation of Trenton and the surrounding area, Hart escaped and hid for a short time in a cave in the Sourland Mountains of present-day East Amwell Township. The Continentals’ capture of Trenton on December 26, 1776 allowed Hart to return home. In June 1778, on the eve of the Battle of Monmouth, General Washington’s troops encamped themselves on Hart’s Hopewell farm. Less than a year later while the war raged on, John Hart’s story came to an unfortunate end, dooming this quiet Patriot’s deeds to historical obscurity.

Dave Hart, local historian and John Hart descendant, has produced a documentary telling the story of the hardships and deprivations John Hart and his family endured after his signing of the Declaration of Independence. The production features scenes filmed inside the 1719 William Trent House Museum.

Click here for a trailer of John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot from Dave Hart and Jarvis Video Productions