New Jersey has a rich history that includes Native American archaeological sites, agricultural and industrial building, three centuries of residential buildings, schools and halls, parks and theaters, and much more. Many of these heritage sites are available to the public, including hundreds that are intepreted as historical destinations or contribute to the tourism economy.
In 2012 the NJ Historic Trust launched a new endeavor to encourage the development of New Jersey's heritage tourism industry by providing access to tourism resources and funding for technical assistance.
The Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for Heritage Tourismwill provide small grants to municipalities, counties or nonprofit organizations to promote interpretation, marketing and linkages among heritage sites.
This Fund is supported by income from the"Discover NJ History" License Plate which was established in 1995 as a source of revenue for historic preservation projects. The License Plate provided funding to the NJ Heritage Tourism Task Force for preparation of the Master Plan.
Finally, this web site provides a variety of resources that inform heritage site stewards about the heritage tourism industry, and also places to visit in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Heritage Tourism Master Plan was developed by the NJ Heritage Tourism Task Force, which was established by the legislature (P.L. 2006, Ch. 60). The Task Force was charged with improving New Jersey's performance in the regional and national heritage tourism market.
The final Master Plan for heritage tourism reports the finding of an extensive survey and inventory of New Jersey's historic resources, explores options for signage and marker programs, makes recommendations for improving coordination among New Jersey’s historic sites and helps identify stable sources of funding for the enhancement, maintenance and interpretation of our historic sites.