Cultural & Heritage Affairs

The Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs is located in this historic Elizabeth building.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs promotes and develops public interest and participation in the arts and local, county and state history, and ensures that all residents have the opportunity to share in and benefit from the rich multi-cultural arts, history and historic resources in Union County.

Activities enhance quality of life, economic development, community revitalization, growth of cultural-heritage tourism and educational experiences for residents of all ages.

Programs and services provided include publications, arts events, history events, and funding opportunities through three grant programs.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

Union County is one of only three counties in the State of New Jersey to receive a NACo award in 2021. The Department of Parks and Recreation was recognized with a 2021 Achievement Award for the program “Bringing Nature and History to the Homebound and Disabled,” which includes a series of video tours of historic sites in Union County, produced by the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

Take our virtual tours of historic sites including Boxwood Hall — where George Washington dined on the very day he was sworn in as the nation’s first president. The series includes tours of:

  • Union County Performing Art Center (historic theatre), Rahway
  • Caldwell Parsonage, Union
  • Drake House Museum, Plainfield
  • Deacon Andrew Hetfield House, Mountainside
  • Woodruff House, Hillside
  • Osborn Cannonball House, Scotch Plains
  • Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
  • Boxwood Hall State Historic Site, Elizabeth