New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
Identify: Identification of historic properties… Protect: Protection of historic properties… Preserve: Tools for historic preservation… Sustain: Education, outreach, and technical assistance…


This monthly feature highlights recent and fascinating National Register listings and eligible properties,
tax act projects, compliance review success
stories, as well as outstanding local efforts in
New Jersey’s historic preservation.

Trenton's Pottery Industry

Trenton, New Jersey

Trenton Pottery   Credit: Pinterest

For more than a century during America's Industrial Revolution, Trenton, New Jersey was one of the two major pottery centers in America. What began in the Colonial era with local artisan, handcrafted potteries eventually developed into a major ceramics industry located here on the Delaware River.

In 1924, 52 potteries were functioning in the city. From the 1850s to mid-20th century, more than 150 pottery companies had operated in Trenton!

Trenton ceramic products were sold across the continent and overseas. The list was lengthy - table wares, bathroom fixtures, electrical porcelain, tiles and exquisite art pieces.

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People, Programs & Resources for
New Jersey's Heritage...

New Jersey's Historic Preservation Office, located within the Department of Environmental Protection, brings expertise in a variety of fields essential to preserving historic resources.

We count among our staff historians, researchers, planners, architectural historians, architects, engineers, & archaeologists. We respond to more than 40,000 calls yearly from people working to preserve, protect and promote New Jersey's historic resources.

Whether you are interested in establishing a local historic district, nominating a building to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, or interested in restoring your house, you can find information and guidance by following the links on this page.

News & Highlights:

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General Information:


501 East State Street
Station Plaza Building 5, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ

Mailing Address:

Mail Code 501-04B
State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Historic Preservation Office
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

TEL: (609) 984-0176
FAX: (609) 984-0578

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Photo Credits:
IDENTIFY - "White Manna Diner" courtesy Leon Yost;
PROTECT - "Trenton War Memorial Flagpole" courtesy Vitetta Group;
PRESERVE - "State House Annex" courtesy NJ Division of Building and Construction;
SUSTAIN - "Operation Archaeology" courtesy Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

This publication has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office. The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior. This program receives federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its federally assisted programs.If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW (NC200), Washington D.C. 20240.