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The National Historical Significance of Drumthwacket

The history of New Jersey is vast and rich. Show host Steve Adubato often highlights this during his program, One-on-One with Steve Adubato. For instance, his chat with Senior Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at PSEG Services Rick Thigpen; during the talk, the two discuss Drumthwacket, the official residence of the NJ Governor, and the property’s historical significance.

The Drumthwacket property has a long and prominent history dating back to the 17th century. As for the building itself, construction began in 1835 under the watch of then-owner Charles Smith Olden. Olden served as the 19th governor of New Jersey from 1860-1863; of course, this means he was in office during the American Civil War. After Olden’s death in the late 1870s the property went through many changes, serving many purposes; even housing monkeys and serving as an aviary for exotic birds for a short period of time.

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The state purchased the property in 1966, intending to use Drumthwacket as the official residence of the sitting governor. Today, however, Drumthwacket serves more as a venue for official functions than a lavish residence.

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During his conversation with Adubato, Thigpen relays the important history of Drumthwacket through Presidential leadership. He references Woodrow Wilson in particular, the 34th governor of New Jersey and 28th President of the United States.

“Governor Wilson was a reformers governor of New Jersey,” says Thigpen. “He was popular with the rest of the nation because he was the right man at the right time. He was a very thoughtful and articulate man, he was a reformer and offered a somewhat progressive agenda to the people of the country.”

But New Jersey’s ties to presidency and the importance of Drumthwacket do not start and end with President Wilson.

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