The Burrowes Mansion was built in 1723 by John Bowne III. It was first known as Bowne Manor. It is one of Monmouth County’s most important early Georgian buildings.

Bowne sold the home to wealthy grain merchant John “Corn King” Burrowes Sr. in 1769. It then became known as the Burrowes Mansion.

The house consists of two structures: the original house, and an addition that was once a separate house, later joined to the original structure. Recently restored, the house “retains a strong character of its colonial roots.”

The Burrowes family and the Mansion played key roles in local and state history during the Revolution. John Burrowes, Jr. organized the local militia and later served as a Captain, then Major, in the Continental Army.  In 1778, the Mansion was the site of a famous skirmish between local Patriots and Loyalist forces.

Today the Museum is home to the Matawan Historical Society.


94 Main St, Matawan, NJ 07747