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at East Jersey Old Town Village

​The Runyon House represents the wealth and changing needs of Piscataway’s settling families. The house was originally constructed as a 1 ½ story structure that was added onto throughout the nineteenth century.

When Benjamin Runyon died in 1785, the house and land passed to his son, Peter, who lived there for 49 years until his death in 1834.

Peter’s will left the home plantation to his wife, Mercy, with the remainder of his holdings sold off according to his will.  After his wife’s death in 1852, Peter’s son, Daniel, inherited the homestead.​

In 1852, Daniel sold the Runyon House and all surrounding property to a neighbor, Nelson Boice, ending almost 100 years of Runyon occupation. The House and property remained in the Boice family until 1912, passing through several owners, until being purchased by Beecham, Inc.  The House was donated and moved to East Jersey Old Town Village in the spring of 1978.​

Runyon House at East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road 
Piscataway, NJ 08854 
Phone Number: (732) 745-3030
TTY: (732) 745-3888
New Expanded Hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Open until 8pm, Thursdays in
June, July and August
Saturday and Sunday: 12 - 4pm

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