Historical Society Committed to Preserving Kilmer Birthplace.
The birthplace of Joyce Kilmer at 17 Joyce Kilmer Ave. was home to the poet and his father Frederick B. Kilmer, who was head of research for the Johnson & Johnson Co. for many years. The house dates from 1780 and is among the oldest remaining structures in the city. The State of New Jersey took control of the house in October 1969, and the City of New Brunswick leased the building in September 1983.
"Joyce Kilmer and New Brunswick, N.J.," a publication of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, published initially in 1986, has been updated and reprinted four times, the latest in 2006, in response to public demand. A picture of the house currently appears on page 3 of the Verizon Telephone Directory, New Brunswick.
In recent years, organizations in New York state, New York City, Middlesex County and North Carolina have recognized the exploits of Joyce Kilmer as poet, soldier and journalist, and his father has been honored as well.
At its meeting on March 27, the New Brunswick Historical Society members unanimously voted to keep the Joyce Kilmer House at its present location. The Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission hosts many visitors who ask to see the house and the Kilmer Museum that is housed there.
Harvey J. Brudner
Source: Home News Tribune Online; April 14, 2008