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at East Jersey Old Town Village

The building received its name from the Williamson family who owned the shop for much of the late 18th and 19th centuries.
 
In 1750, William Williamson's name is also listed as an elder in the Dutch Church of New Brunswick.

A wheelwright is a person who makes and repairs carriage wheels. Wheelwrights required a number of skills, including metal working and blacksmithing. A blacksmith and wheelwright formed the foundation of early communities, providing needed services for horse drawn transportation.

The Williamson Wheelwright shop was originally located along the busy Brunswick-Princeton Turnpike, now Route 27, in Franklin Township. The building received its name from the Williamson family who owned the building for much of the late 18th and 19th century. In 1750 William Williamson’s name also appears as an elder in the Dutch Church of New Brunswick.

William had six children. His son George a practicing blacksmith, inherited approximately 100 acres of property upon his father’s death in 1799. In the early 1800s the wheelwright shop was owned by Jane Williamson Pumyea the sixth daughter of William. By 1853, Jane was widowed and her son, also named William, purchased the property.  In 1876 he sold the property to Matthew and Sarah Suydam. During the Suydam ownership Frank Metz was hired to run the shop. He worked here from 1903 until he retired in 1951. In 1958 the property was sold to John and Jane Halase who donated the building to East Jersey Old Town. The building was moved to its current location in 1977.​

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​Williamson Wheelwright Shop at East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road 
Piscataway, NJ 08854 
Phone Number(732) 745-3030
TTY: (732) 745-3888

Hours
Tuesday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm
Sunday 1 - 4pm
Closed Mondays, Saturdays & Holidays​​

Guided Public Tours
Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 1:30pm​​
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