The Old Mill Hill Society will conduct its 53rd annual House Tour this coming Saturday, December 7, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person ($25 on Tour day), and the Tour starts at Artworks (19 Everett Alley) where there’s ample parking.

In addition to the historic houses you’ll see, the Mill Hill neighborhood is a very special place. The Society explains, “The name ‘Mill Hill’ refers to central New Jersey’s first industrial site, a grist mill, erected in 1679, at the southeast corner of the present Broad Street crossing of the Assunpink Creek. Mill Hill and its wooden mill were among the holdings of the first settler in the vicinity of Trenton, Mahlon Stacy, who arrived in North America at Burlington, New Jersey on the SHIELD in 1678.”

This Trenton tradition now includes 15-20 residences and churches, and many styles of architecture are represented, although most date from the 1800s. However, the Tour is more than a historical review; it gives an insight into how old and new structures can live in harmony.

Equally important, the Tour offers friendly entry into many homes that have been renovated and re-configured into modern spaces. The society describes it well: “While the streetscape in Mill Hill presents a unified façade of row houses, inside you’ll find that every property is stunningly unique.”

As described on trentonmillhill.org, “the “During the neighborhood’s on-going restoration process, the interiors of many of Mill Hill’s properties have developed into modern, sometimes sleek, often open, but always inspiring spaces: two story dining rooms, balconies overlooking open living rooms. In these 19th century houses, the juxtaposition of old and new molds seamlessly into one.”

For more information, see: http://trentonmillhill.org/events/2019-house-tour/ and for directions to Artworks, see: http://artworkstrenton.com/location/

The Old Mill Hill Society is supported by the City of Trenton, Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture, Division of Culture.