Morven Museum and Garden
The Morven Museum and Garden is a historic home and museum showcasing the history of the estate and New Jersey's cultural heritage. The home itself is a National Historic Landmark, designated as such for its well-preserved Georgian architecture and association with Robert Stockton (1730-1781), a prominent lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence. His wife, Annis, named the house after the Irish word for "big mountain." Annis is also an important figure, as she was one of the early published female poets. George Washington was so impressed that he called her the “elegant Muse of Morven.” Morven was also the location where Washington and other leaders of the Revolutionary War celebrated the signing of the peace treaty with Britain, signaling the end of the war. Today, the museum offers guided tours of the house, which features period furniture and other items, and exhibitions about New Jersey history and culture.
Backstory and Context
Snell, Charles. "Richard Stockton Birthplace and House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. January 25, 1971. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/35cb8dc9-ff01-4366-bf75-a51343195087.
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