Elias Boudinot, a prominent American statesman of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, purchased this handsome Georgian house in 1772. Boudinot served briefly as President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation.
During Boudinot’s residency, young Alexander Hamilton lived at Boxwood Hall for several months while attending school in Elizabethtown. In 1789, George Washington dined here with Boudinot and a committee of Congressmen while en route to his inauguration in New York City. In 1795, the house was sold to Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the Constitution. He also served as Speaker of the House of Representatives and then as a member of the US Senate. In 1824, Dayton hosted the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat who served with distinction in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The house would witness several more chapters in its storied history, for a time serving as a girls’ school then as a retirement home for women.
Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, National Historic Landmark
Operated as Boxwood Hall State Historic Site, NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry
Take a “trip through time” with Boxwood Hall’s 250-year-old history
Small exhibit about local history
For Hours: (908) 282-7617
Photo By Dmadeo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3497408