Governor Charles Smith Olden who built Drumthwacket in 1835 was the first Governor to live at Drumthwacket before it was designated in 1982 as the official residence of the NJ Governor.
At 11 am on Tuesday, January 17, 1860, a procession which included music, military companies and NJ Governor William Newell proceeded from City Hall to the Trenton House hotel where Governor-elect Charles Smith Olden and committees of the Legislature and State officers were received into line and escorted to the State House. At 12 noon, the President of the Senate administered the Oath of Office and Olden, at age 61, became the 19th Governor of New Jersey.
On January 16, 2018, New Jerseyans once again witnessed the peaceful transition of leadership when Governor-elect Phil Murphy was sworn in as the 56th Governor of New Jersey. The Drumthwacket Foundation is pleased to welcome Governor Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy and their family to Drumthwacket.