History Abounds in Hudson County

We keep Hudson County’s rich and diverse history alive through educational experiences and monuments. Our county was the first stop for numerous immigrants who entered America through Ellis Island. It’s also where America’s favorite pastime—baseball—had its first recorded GAME. Here are some of the best ways to soak up Hudson County’s rich history.

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Ellis Island

Few destinations transport visitors back in time like Ellis Island, where 12 million immigrants once arrived and took their first steps onto American soil. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is the island’s most popular attraction. Admire artifacts from the 1500s to present throughout the museum’s exhibits, or spend time researching your own ancestors with trained historians at the site’s American Family Immigration History Center. Visit Ellis Island by booking a Statue Cruises trip to Ellis Island and the Statue, departing from Liberty State Park.

Statue of Liberty

See Lady Liberty up close and personal with a quick visit from Hudson County’s Liberty State Park, where the Statue Cruises ferries depart. A visit to the historic Statue of Liberty can include many things: a walk around the statue, a stop at the Statue of Liberty Museum (home to the original statue torch), or a climb up to the top of the Statue of Liberty to see the views and soak up U.S. history (advance tickets required). Statue Cruises is the only authorized official ticket provider for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You can catch one of their ferries near Liberty State Park’s historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal.

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Historic Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City

Finished in 1910, the William J. Brennan Courthouse is the seat of Hudson County’s government. After serving the public for fifty-six years it was closed and abandoned. Placement on the National Register saved it from destruction and its restoration has preserved the magnificent edifice we see today. Make an appointment to tour the museum-quality murals by artists like Howard Pyle and Charles Yardley Turner and learn about its history.

All tours are free; for an appointment just contact Brian Murray at bmurray@hcnj.us or 201-459-2070 ext. 6419.

The building is open to the public.
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
And tours are available 10 am to 4 pm.

William J. Brennan Court House
583 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07306


Hoboken Historical Museum

For a one-square-mile city, Hoboken sure has a lot of history. It’s the birthplace of Frank Sinatra. The spot of America’s first baseball game. And home to rows of gorgeous Victorian row houses—not to mention a waterfront that was integral during WWII. You can learn all about this history and more at the Hoboken Historical Museum, which educates visitors through a variety of rotating exhibitions, events, and guest speakers.

The building is open to visitors Tuesdays through Sundays.

Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Self-Guided Walking Tours at your Fingertips!


With our array of self-guided walking tours, you can explore Hudson County’s history, culture, and dining scenes straight from your smartphone. Our easy-to-follow walking route maps wind you through some of the best Hudson County sights, with interesting background, flashback photographs, and fun facts that showcase the region’s rich history.

For an overview of the six self-guided tours currently have available, click here.

Hudson County Walking Tours

Journal Square
Stop by some of Journal Square’s most famed sights, including the Jackie Robinson Statue and William J. Brennan Courthouse, on this historical and culturally rich walking tour.

Downtown Jersey City

This downtown walking tour includes some of Jersey City’s most popular highlights, with stops at the Colgate Clock, Paulus Hook Monument, and Barrow Mansion.

From the historic dueling ground of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to the iconic Weehawken Water Tour, this experience takes you on an immersive stroll through Weehawken’s past.

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Liberty State Park
Liberty State Parks offers some of the area’s best views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. On this walking tour, you’ll pass by highlights like the Central Railroad Terminal and Black Tom Explosion Site, while soaking up the best of Liberty State Park along the way.

History is everywhere in Kearny, and this locally curated walking tour will introduce you to a handful of renowned and important sights, including the Irish Heritage Monument and the Kearny War Memorial.

Hoboken Firehouses
The Mile Square City is full of historic firehouses, and this scenic walk will take you by some of the best of them, with a stop at the Fire Department Museum, too.

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Hudson County | Historical Landmarks

Hoboken Firehouses

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
Engine #2
Engine #6
Firemen’s Monument
Engine #5
Engine #3
Engine #3, Truck #2
Engine #4

Journal Square

Jackie Robinson Statue
Stanley Theater
Loew’s Theater
Apple Tree House
Newkirk | Summit House
Harsimus Cemetery
Dickinson High School
Brennan Court House

West Side Jersey City

The Lincoln Monument
The Boyd-McGuinness Monument
The St. Aloysius WWI Monument
The Donnelly Civil War Soldier Monument
The Celtic Cross Monument
The Farrier Monument
The Lincoln Park Fountain

Lafayette Neighborhood / Civil Rights

African Burial Ground
The Pullman Porter’s Layover House
Kathleen Conway Collins Childhood Home
Dr. George E Cannon Estate
Dr. Lena Edwards
Monumental Baptist Church


Downtown Jersey City

Colgate Clock
Paulus Hook Monument
Van Vorst Park
JC Library Main Branch
Barrow Mansion
City Hall


Civil War Solider
Irish Heritage Monument
Christopher Columbus Memorial
Portuguese-American Monument
Chantilly Park
Wallace Glen
The Wishing Well
Solider’s Circle
Four Chaplains
General Kearny Statue
USS Maine Memorial
Kearny War Memorial

Liberty State Park

Empty Sky Memorial
Central Railroad Terminal
Ellis Island
Statue of Liberty
Black Tom Site


Dueling Grounds
Weehawken Library
Water Tower

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