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Rotary-Frazee House Restoration Conducts Major Fundraising Campaign

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Rotary-Frazee House, 1451 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains Credits: Frazeehouse.org
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Liz Mangan spoke to the Scotch Plains Council on Jan. 2 about a major fundraising campaign to complete the restoration of the Rotary-Frazee House. Credits: John Mooney
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According to local legend, Aunt Betty turned away British General Cornwallis, who sought to plunder fresh baked bread from her oven during the battle of Short Hills in 1777. Credits: Frazeehouse.org
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Back of the Rotary-Frazee House Credits: Frazeehouse.org
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A major fundraising effort is being undertaken to finish the final restoration of the Rotary-Frazee House (1451 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains). To date, $600,000 has been raised to restore the Revolutionary War period home of Gershom Frazee and his wife, Elizabeth "Aunt Betty" Frazee.

Another $200,000 is needed to complete the work, according to Liz Mangan, who spoke about the project at the Scotch Plains Township Council's Reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The Frazee House is a significant historic property located on the north side of Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.It is important both for its place in local Revolutionary War history and for its 18th century timber construction. Unfortunately, after a series of owners and additions in the 20th century, the house became vacant and has been listed by Preservation New Jersey as one of the Ten Most Endangered Sites in New Jersey.

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The renovation of the historic Frazee House is sponsored by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club, which took on the challenge in 2004. The Rotary hopes to turn the house and adjacent one acre lot into a resource for the community, further distinguishing New Jersey as a key site in the American Revolutionary War.

To make a donation to the effort, click here.

According to local legend, Aunt Betty turned away British General Cornwallis, who sought to plunder fresh baked bread from her oven during the battle of Short Hills in 1777. The Frazee House, a Union County landmark, was constructed by Gershom Frazee, a prolific carpenter and joiner between 1720 and 1740. The house is a typical and rare example of 18th century domestic vernacular architecture. The Frazee House has received official recognition on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. 

 

 

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