Help Restore the Peter Mott House

Dear Friend and Supporter:

The Lawnside Historical Society, Inc. is marking its 30th anniversary this year, having been chartered in 1990 to preserve the history of this unique African American community. Nineteen years ago we completed restoration on the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum and opened the historic site to the public. Thanks t20150829_131616o support from the State of New Jersey, county and local government, foundations, corporations and individuals, we are still fulfilling our mission.

It has been a pleasure to guide more than 1,000 people each year through the house and explain its significance as a New Jersey waystation for freedom seekers escaping enslavement. Unfortunately, we have suspended public tours since March out of an abundance of caution in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has left us without an important income source and means to promote Underground Railroad history in New Jersey.

We are writing to request your financial support for extensive repairs and maintenance for the House. Most significantly, we’d like to raise a minimum of $85,000 to replace the red cedar shingle roof on this 1845 farmhouse, repair the chimney and the exterior clapboard, replace windows, install new interior stairs and an external bulkhead door.

Please mail your donation to the Lawnside Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 608, Lawnside, NJ 08045-0608 or click PayPal here or on our Donate and Shop page.

Thanks for keeping our history alive. Stay safe and be well.


Linda Shockley

The Lawnside Historical Society, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered in New Jersey. Your contribution is deductible to the extent permitted by law.