To develop a historical setting that inspires
community, state and national pride and creates
opportunities for a wider range of community activities
The Rotary Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains
has undertaken to restore a Revolutionary War period farmstead, the Frazee House in Scotch Plains, a Union County landmark made famous through Elizabeth "Aunt Betty" Frazee's bread baking, which inspired a confrontation
between her and British generals during the battle of Short Hills in 1777, involving the forces of General George Washington.
The house is significant as the home constructed by Gershom Frazee, a prolific and well-documented 18th-century carpenter and joiner. In addition to its historic association with Aunt Betty, the house is a typical and vanishingly rare example of eighteenth-century domestic vernacular architecture in central New Jersey.
The Gershom and Betty Frazee House has received official recognition on the National Register of Historic Places
by the National Park Service and in State of New Jersey with a listing on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places
in the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office.
The restoration project is carried out under the auspices of Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary Frazee House, Inc.
, a tax-exempt 501. C(3) organization spawned in 2005 by the Rotary Club of Fanwood Scotch Plains as a Rotary International Millennium Project.
We have created a survey to help formulate a future for the Frazee House. We ask that you
please click here and fill out the survey.
the Frazee House means to you, answer the questions. Please ask other
friends to answer the questionnaire, too. as we attempt to create a vision that will
guide the Frazee friends to a vision that will guide the future of the Frazee House and persuade constituents of the value of fulfilling that vision.
The Frazee House "talks." Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust, visitors to the Frazee House, from their car, can tune their FM radio to hear the story of the house and the effort underway to restore it. From your computer right now you can listen, too, if you click here.