PRINCETON, NJ – When you are done decking the halls of your own home for the holidays, take a trip to one of Mercer County’s noteworthy homes Drumthwacket in Princeton Township. On Tuesday, Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy invited the public to attend The Holidays at Drumthwacket for the traditional open houses of the governor’s official residence.  

 "The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, reflect on our blessings, and spend time with loved ones," said First Lady Tammy Murphy. "Drumthwacket is a beautiful point of pride for our state and we hope everyone will visit and enjoy the historical property. Phil and I look forward to the tradition of opening the People's House and sharing this joyful season with all New Jerseyans."

The Drumthwacket Foundation, in partnership with garden clubs from across New Jersey, has decorated each room of the historical property with to complement its architecture and décor.  Display presentations throughout the first floor of the residence have been created by the West Trenton Garden Club, the Garden Club of Mountain Lakes, the Seaweeders Garden Club of Bay Head and Mantoloking, the Bernardsville Garden Club, the Keyport Garden Club, the Garden Club of Essex Fells, the Allentown Garden Club, the Garden Club of Warren, the Greater Woodbury Garden Club

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In order to welcome more visitors this year, the Murphys have doubled the hours for the self-guided tours.  Several docents will be available throughout the property to answer questions and provide historical information.   The Holidays at Drumthwacket open house tours will be between 10:00 am and 1:00pm on Thursday December 5, Saturday, December 7, Sunday, December 8, Tuesday, December 17, Thursday December 19, and Saturday December 21.

Admission and on-site parking is free.  Tour reservations are required and can be made at

The Drumthwacket Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization created in 1982 to inspire pride in and enhance the civic awareness of the official New Jersey Governor's residence and a nationally landmarked historic site.  The Foundation facilitates restoration and conservation of the residence and offers education and cultural programs.

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