Vintage New Jersey map fragment
Nassau Hall with Blue hue


Membership in the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey is available to gentlemen of good moral character and reputation with proven lineal descent from ancestors who served in the American colonies

Elizabeth Towne plaque

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey is committed to preserving the past for future generations. 

Anniversary at the Old Barracks in Trenton

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey (SCWNJ) welcomes inquiries for grant funding for worthwhile projects related to the Colonial Period, between May 13, 1607, and April 19, 1775, particularly in the state of New Jersey


Greetings and welcome to the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey! We are pleased that you are visiting our website and hope you will take some time to learn about the many historical, genealogical, charitable, and social activities of our Society.

Our Organization was established in 1894 and I am truly honored to have been selected as the Society’s sixty-sixth Governor. The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey (“SCWNJ”) was founded to preserve, protect and perpetuate the colonial history of our state and our country, as well as to memorialize the many contributions and sacrifices our colonial ancestors made in order to establish our great nation.

If you have colonial lineage and are interested in membership, please see the Membership page of this website for more information and for membership qualifications. 

While we are built on tradition, one of the hallmarks of our Society is the energy and enthusiasm with which our members carry out our mission. Social gatherings among our members and enjoyment of our common interests are also a prominent characteristic that helps infuse our Society with life and comradery.


Here is a sampling of some of the activities sponsored by the SCWNJ:

Historical – We help preserve and commemorate historical events and locations throughout the state. The Monuments page of this website includes photos of the many historical markers we have placed throughout nineteen New Jersey counties. Among the many historical projects, we have supported include helping to preserve and maintain the Old Barracks in Trenton, which dates from before the Revolutionary War.

Genealogical – We help compile and preserve genealogical information, including lineage papers and supporting documentation for our members and our colonial period ancestors.


Charitable – We are a 501(c)(3) organization and recognized as a tax-exempt public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. In carrying out our mission, we support various colonial period historical projects with grants. We also fund an annual scholarship to a worthy college student who is studying our colonial history.

Social – We gather several times a year in various settings, either for luncheon, dinner, or other events to enjoy each other’s company and to hear speakers discuss a variety of subjects related to the history of the colonial period.

If you are a member of our Society, we encourage you to get involved and enjoy the various historical and social aspects that bind us together. You will be impressed by the energy of our Society and the comradery that our members enjoy. We are always seeking new members, so if you are not a member but believe you qualify for membership we would love to hear from you.

The Society of Colonial Wars is a special organization. We pride ourselves on being a society of gentlemen. But we are also a society that cares, contributes to the community, and gets things done.

With my very best wishes,

Edward Charles Horton


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