Welcome to the Jonathan Dunham House in Woodbridge, NJ, named for the first of former President Barack Obama’s ancestors to be born in America. The house is on the national and New Jersey registers of historic places and has a historical marker from the Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
The house was originally built around 1717, according to research done in applying for the registers. Its namesake came to Woodbridge from northern Massachusetts in the second half of the 1660s. He received a land grant from the newly formed township, and built the area’s first grist mill in 1670.
Trinity Episcopal Church has used the house for its Rectory, or priest’s home, since 1873. The house was expanded and renovated before being donated to the church. Congregants at Trinity and community volunteers restored the house’s interior and some of the exterior, starting in 2014.
The church will celebrate the preservation work and the house’s 300th anniversary with an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Tours of the house and the rest of Trinity’s historic property will be available, along with food and beverages. Please join us for this special occasion.