Historic Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield Receiving Makeover

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

The James and Ann Whitall House and Museum at Red Bank Battlefield. Photo credit: Red Bank Battlefield Facebook page.

NATIONAL PARK, N.J. — The Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield is receiving a new roof thanks to grant funding through Gloucester County and the New Jersey Historic Trust. 

“Keeping the history at The Whitall House safe is a priority for the Board of Commissioners. Gloucester County is very fortunate to have a piece of the American Revolution in our back yards, and we have to do our part to preserve that,” Director Robert M. Damminger said in a press release from the county. 

The repairs will fix the leaking wood shingle main roof, wing roofs, porch roof, pent roofs, and cornice pent roof. The Whitall House’s roof was installed in 2002.

“These repairs will keep all historic value. All work undertaken is in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Buildings,” Commissioner Jim Lavender said. “The goal is to save as much historic fabric as possible.”

The project will be completed by Westfield Architects & Preservation Consultants with support from Pullman SST, Swedesboro.

The Whitall House will also see repairs to exterior doors, windows, as well as minor woodwork repairs. 

The House, built in 1748, is a example of 18th Century Georgian architecture. In 1777, the American Revolution interrupted life at Red Bank when American forces constructed Fort Mercer immediately north of the house. On October 22, 1777, Colonel Christopher Green’s Rhode Island Regiment inflicted heavy losses on Hessian soldiers and the Whitall’s home served as a field hospital. 

The Whitall House is located at 100 Hessian Ave. in National Park. For more information on The Whitall House please visit, www.gloucestercountynj.gov

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