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Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Open House

The Joyce Kilmer birthplace house on Joyce Kilmer Avenue will be open on December 6 for the City’s annual open house observance of this local historical figure’s 131st birthday.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer, author of the poem “Trees” and many other poems and essays, was born in New Brunswick on December 6, 1886 in his parents’ home, located at what was then 17 Codwise Avenue. The poem “Trees,” published in 1914, was considered to be the most popular poem in America at the time.

He was killed in July 1918 in France during WWI, while serving in the U.S. Army with the 69th Infantry Regiment. He was 31 years old.

His writings and heroic death brought him fame and inspired the naming of the Camp Kilmer Army post in Piscaway and Edison (then Raritan Township) on the outset of WWII.

Kilmer’s birthplace home, located at 17 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, was acquired by Joyce Kilmer Post #25 of the American Legion in the late 1920’s and used as a post office and a shrine to Kilmer. Today, the house is in the care of the City of New Brunswick, used for both municipal services and a continued location for the Kilmer shrine.

All are invited to attend the open house on December 6 to learn more about this famous New Brunswick resident.

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Public Invited to Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Open House on December 6

The Joyce Kilmer birthplace house, located at 17 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, will be open on December 6 for the City’s annual open house observance of this local historical figure’s 131st birthday. Alfred Joyce Kilmer, author of the poem “Trees” and many other poems and essays, was born in New Brunswick on December 6, 1886 in […]

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Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Open House

The New Brunswick birthplace of famous American poet-soldier Joyce Kilmer will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 during the City’s annual observance of his birthday.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer, author of the well-known poem “Trees,” was born in New Brunswick on December 6, 1886, 130 years ago. He was killed by a German sniper in France in 1918 during WWI, while serving with the U.S. Army as part of the 69th Infantry Regiment.

“Trees,” published in 1914, was immensely popular at the time. His writings and heroic death in military action brought him fame and inspired the naming of the Camp Kilmer Army post in Piscataway and Edison (then Raritan Township) at the outset of WWII.

Kilmer’s birthplace home is located at 15 Joyce Kilmer Avenue (formerly Codwise Avenue). The house was acquired by Joyce Kilmer Post #25 of the American Legion in the 1920’s. It was used as an office for the Post and contained a shrine to Kilmer on the second floor.

The Post sold the building to the State of New Jersey in 1969 to be designated as a historic site. It has since been turned over to the City for partial use as municipal offices and maintenance of the Kilmer shrine.

All are welcome to attend and tour this historic site.

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Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Open to Public on December 6

The New Brunswick birthplace of famous American poet-soldier Joyce Kilmer will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 during the City’s annual observance of his birthday. Alfred Joyce Kilmer, author of the well-known poem “Trees,” was born in New Brunswick on December 6, 1886, 130 years ago. He […]

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Joyce Kilmer Birthplace Open House

The Joyce Kilmer birthplace rooms in New Brunswick will be open on Saturday, December 6 in observance of the poet-soldier’s 126th birthday.

The rooms, on the second-floor of the former Kilmer family residence, at 17 Joyce Kilmer Ave., contains writings and memorabilia of the young American poet and essayist, who died in action during World War I in France in 1918, at the age of 31. The city-owned house is at the intersection of Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Welton Street.

Kilmer was born in the house on December 6, 1886, and lived there for five years, before the family moved across-town. The house was purchased by the state of New Jersey as an historic site in 1969, and turned over to the city of New Brunswick in 1994 for partial use for municipal offices. The city Dial-A-Ride service now occupies the ground floor.

Kilmer was born here to Frederick and Annie Kilburn Kilmer, at the then address of 17 Codwise Ave.   He was baptized at Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick as Alfred Joyce Kilmer, his middle name taken from the officiating minister, Elisha Joyce. He dropped his first name for literary purposes after beginning his writing career in New York City. His writings include the poem “Trees,” published in 1914.

His writings and early death in military action brought him great fame, and inspired the naming of the Camp Kilmer Army Post in Piscataway and Edison during World War II, in exception to the general Army policy of naming its bases for officers rather than enlisted soldiers.

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