Flemington Historic Walking Tour - Main Street North

Flemington has the second largest historic district in New Jersey. This tour highlights some of the wonderful historic buildings on Main Street.

Flemington Historic Walking Tour - Main Street North

Flemington, New Jersey 08822, United States

Created By: Flemington Historic Preservation Commission

Tour Information

This walking tour has been developed by the Flemington Historic Preservation Commission to highlight some of the significant and contributing historic buildings located within the northern section of Main Street.

With over 520 historic properties, Flemington's historic district makes up over 65% of the Borough and is the second largest in New Jersey. Only Cape May has more historic buildings, although Flemington has more variety, making it a great place to visit for those interested in historic architecture.

From the 1740s, when the first European settlers arrived, Flemington has grown from a predominantly farming community to incorporate new industry such as pottery and glass. At its peak it had three rail stations, three hotels and many historic buildings. It became a banking center and tax haven in the 1930s, and the headquarters for many large corporations such as Kodak and Standard Oil.

And famously for six weeks in 1935 the whole world was focused on Flemington with the 'trial of the century' taking place for the Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping which occurred nearby in 1932.

This circular walking tour starts and ends near a free public parking lot and takes the walker past seventeen historic buildings covering many architectural periods and styles along with buildings that were central to the Lindbergh kidnapping trial.

Please cross roads safely at designated crossing points.

Architectural periods covered.

  • Colonial (1600-1820) – see 12, 13, 17.
  • Romantic (1820-1880) – see 2 to 6, 8, 9, 11, 14 to 16.
  • Victorian (1860-1900) – see 1, 7, 10.
  • Eclectic (1880-1955) – see 12.

Architectural styles covered.

  • Federal (1780-1820) – see 12, 13, 17.
  • Greek Revival (1825-1860) – see 2, 4, 14, 16.
  • Gothic Revival (1840-1880) – see 11.
  • Italianate (1840-1885) – see 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 15.
  • French Second Empire (1855-1885) – see 7.
  • Queen Anne (1880-1910) – see 1, 10.
  • Colonial Revival (1880-1955) – see 12.

Lindbergh buildings covered.

  • Nevius Brothers Building – see 6.
  • Union Hotel – see 7.
  • County Courthouse – see 16.

For consistency each entry consists of a short description of the Architectural style followed by some commentary on the history of the building, people and related events.

For further information please visit flemingtonhpc.com

For suggestions and corrections please email hpc@historicfemington.com

This commentary has been compiled based on various sources, including the following recommended references.

  1. Guide to Flemington, New Jersey by Barbara Clayton and Kathleen Whitley, 1987
  2. When the Circus Came to Town by James Davidson, 2022
  3. The Reporter Who Knew Too Much by Mark Shaw, 2016
  4. A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia Savage McAlester, 2019
  5. Where Town and Country Meet by Flemington Board of Trade, 1910
  6. Flemington, New Jersey by John L Connet, 1898
  7. The History of the Presbyterian Church in Flemington by George Scudder Scott, 1894
  8. The 150th Anniversary of Fleming Castle by Hiram Deats, 1906
  9. Chris Pickell AIA, local Architect

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What You'll See on the Tour

Dating from 1887, this is an outstanding example of the Queen Anne style. This style is typified by the steeply pitched pattered slate roof, the dominant front facing gable with decorative attic window, the overhanging eaves with exposed ra... Read more
Dating from 1847, this very elaborate house is an outstanding example of the mature Greek Revival style. The house features a low pitch hipped roof, a bold cornice line emphasized with a wide band of trim, and a monumental front portico dom... Read more
Dating from 1881 (look for the hard-to-find cornerstone), this is a fine example of a large nineteenth century commercial block in the Italianate style. This style was the most commonly used for all buildings in the middle of the 1800’s; ... Read more
Dating from 1846, this is a beautifully restored example of a middle-class house in the Greek Revival style.  Notice its simplicity compared to the Reading Large mansion across the street, also designed by Mahlon Fisher.  The almost flat ... Read more
Built in 1864, this is Flemington’s first example of the monumental Italianate style. The original brick arcades on the first floor were replaced with terracotta and granite facade in the 1920’s.  Above, tall arched windows march acros... Read more
Dating from the 1880s, this tall and narrow shop building is a small but well-designed example of the Italianate style. The upper two stories of the street façade demonstrate a complicated interplay between segmental and half-round brick a... Read more
Dating from 1877, this is a fine and relatively uncommon large building in the French Second Empire style. Popular only for a brief time in the 1870’s, this style is in many ways similar to the Italiante, but instead of de-emphasizing the... Read more
Built in 1874, this is another fine example of a red brick Italianate style commercial block.  The building is named for the large central clocktower, which rises above its three tall floors. The center of all four sides of the low hipped ... Read more
Dating from before 1822, this was originally a Federal style brick house, it was later stuccoed, expanded and updated to the more modern Italianate style. The simple form and projecting band between the first and second floors are reminders... Read more
Dating from 1890, this is a marvelous reminder of the eclectic Victorian period. The house is predominantly a simple Italianate form, to which Queen Anne and French Second Empire elements have been added.  Three towers were added on, each ... Read more
Dating from 1883, this large church on a prominent intersection is a great example of the Gothic Revival style, almost completely unchanged since it was built. Solid brownstone walls, steep slate roofs, tall lancet and round stained-glass w... Read more
Dating from the early 1800’s, this is a good example of an original Federal style house which was remodeled and extended with later Colonial Revival elements added.  The simple, symmetrical five window façade and rectangular floor plan ... Read more
The section facing Main Street is perhaps the oldest building in Flemington, possibly dating from the 1760’s; it is an example of a very plain Federal style house. The two-story front face on Main Street is symmetrical, 5 bays wide is typ... Read more
Dating from 1811, this tiny one-story wood building was later updated to the fashionable Greek Revival style. A flat roof, a symmetrical porch with four square plain columns and a frieze band with laurel wreaths combine to give this small o... Read more
Dating from 1870, this is an example of the Italianate style used for a public building.  A bit plainer than the Italianate commercial blocks, the brick walls are flat, without pilasters, and the cornice has fewer elements.  Nonetheless, ... Read more
Dating from 1791 and 1828, this is an early example of the Greek Revival style, with some Italianate elements added. A broad staircase, the full width of the facade leads up to a truly massive portico, two-and a half stories high, set behin... Read more
This small low-pitched gabled two-story brick building with small windows is a local mystery. Some references date it to pre-revolutionary times although this seems unlikely, as bricks were likely not made locally or available until railroa... Read more


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