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"Lincoln & Olden: The President and Governor"

“Lincoln & Olden: The President and the Governor”

Exhibit  |  February 22 to May 31, 2017

The exhibit ‘brings to life’ through historic letters, photographs and artifacts, two distinguished leaders, Governor Charles Olden, who built Drumthwacket in 1835, and President Abraham Lincoln. Both statesmen are elected to office at a time when the country, divided over the issue of slavery, is on the precipice of Civil War.  Olden sees in Lincoln, “an honest man after his own heart,” who will restore the Federal Government to “its pristine purity and vigor.”  The Governor, likewise, is described by contemporary John Y. Foster as a man “of incorruptible integrity, of inflexible loyalty and of indomitable will”.    Together, one will steward a nation and the other a state through the deadliest war on American soil.

Sincere appreciation is extended to the following donors for generously sharing their collection:

Donald L. Ackerman  |  Civil War & Native American Museum  |  Historical Society of Princeton | Private Collection  |  Bette Olsen Pfeiffer  |  Rail Splitter Archives, New York City | Bruce L. Sirak  |
The Morris Museum  |  New Jersey State Archives  |  Monmouth County Historical Association | Kenneth and Nancy Ritchey  |  The Forbes Collection  |  The Newark Museum | Heather Olden Wright-Ernst

Drumthwacket Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs

Images from the 2017 Easter Egg Hunt

Hosted by the Governor and First Lady and the Drumthwacket Foundation, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs is held every Spring.  Pony rides, carnival games, bounce houses, art project, face painting and of course the egg hunt make for a memorable day. The Foundation sincerely appreciates the following vendors and individuals who donate their time and talent to ensure the event’s success:

Major Sponsors:


Entenmann’sHalo Farm Inc., House of Cupcakes, Jacques Fine Catering, Mars, Inc. McCaffrey’s Market, Saker ShopRite of Lawrenceville, Sweet Works, Sherwin Williams, Stop & Shop and the Montgomery Girl Scouts and Montgomery Boy Scout Troop 46

Please note: The event is for special needs children ages 3 to 8 and their families.  You must have an invitation code to register.  If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs who is between the ages of 3 and 8 but do not have an invitation code, please call or email the Foundation at for assistance.

Annual Gala

Annual Gala

Hosted by The Governor and Mrs. Christie and chaired by Laurence M. Downes, Chairman and CEO, New Jersey Resources Corporation and Foundation Trustee, the Foundation’s annual gala was held on June 21, 2016.  Guests sampled delicious tastings prepared by New Jersey’s finest chefs while enjoying Drumthwacket’s beautiful gardens and listening to music provided by NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens (WFJFT) program


The Foundation sincerely appreciates the following chefs and owners for generously donating their services:

The Bernards Inn |  Corey Heyer ~ Executive Chef

FiIN,  A Seafood Experience Demetrios Haroniz, Executive Chef

Kuzina by Sofia |  Sofia Karakasidou  ~ Executive Chef

The Manor Mario Russo  ~ Chef de Cuisine

Roots Steakhouse  |  Travis Keuhlen  ~ Executive Chef

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse |  Jason Hensle, Sous Chef

Salt Creek Grille |  Luis Estrada~Executive Chef

Seasons 52 Tyler Roatch, Executive Chef

Gratitude it also extended to Anheuser-Busch for donating the evening’s beer and Lisa Tevis of Jacques Exclusive Catering for her assistance in coordinating the restaurants.

Governors Luncheon 2014

(left to right) Governor and Mrs. James J. Florio, Governor and Mrs. Donald T. DiFrancesco, Governor and Mrs. Chris Christie, Governor and Mrs. Brendan Byren, Governor Christine Todd and Mr. John R. Whitman, Governor James McGreevey.

Governors Luncheon

Attended by Governor and Mrs. Christie in addition to former NJ Governors, the Governors Luncheon hosted by the Foundation raises funds to support the foundation’s programming and operations.

The Foundation sincerely acknowledges the Hilton at Short Hills for donating the luncheon.