The Borough of Matawan has been approved for two grants totaling $183,341 by The New Jersey Historic Trust from the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund to make critical electrical upgrades in the amount of $149,377 as well as $33,964 for a Preservation Plan to guide long-term improvements to the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan.
Today, the Burrowes Mansion operates as a local history museum under the Matawan Historical Society and provides a window into yesteryear for the residents and all those who visit the Borough. The Mansion contains period rooms, antiques — including eighteenth and nineteenth-century furniture — and local memorabilia that help embrace the essence of the Mansion and breathe life into the building. Mayor Joseph Altomonte shared, "by securing these grants, we can make critical upgrades to the electrical infrastructure to ensure the long-term safety and sustainability of the property. Councilman Steven Russell, Liaison to Matawan Historical Sites Commission, went on to say that the grant for "the Preservation Plan allows us to go multiple steps beyond where we are today and better assess the most pressing issues of the property and phase in improvements as needed."
Maintaining the historical integrity of the Mansion has been and always will be important as showcased this year during the Matawan community celebrations honoring the Burrowes Mansion's important milestone of its 300th year. Borough Historian and Chair of the Matawan Historical Sites Commission Kurtis Roinestad spoke of his gratitude for all involved and how "as a treasured institution in our Borough, the Mansion has substantial historical significance in Matawan, mostly centered around the Burrowes family during the American Revolution. This plan and upgrades are essential to the historic landmark's integrity and its continuing function as an educational venue and one cherished by so many."
Cathy Zavorskas, President of Matawan Historical Society, shared that "all the elements of the Mansion, like the special mini-displays and exhibits highlighting a collection of historical events, help transform the space into a home as it was years ago for the Burrowes Family, but today, it is a home for our community's hearts and minds and will continue to be so for future generations with the support of these two grants."
To learn more about the Burrowes Mansion please visit the Matawan Historical Society at www.