Shady Rest Golf & Country Club in New Jersey, Nation’s First Black-Owned Country Club, Becomes Historic Landmark

Located at 820 Jerusalem Road right in Scotch Plains, Shady Rest is now considered a national landmark. (Courtesy of Scotch Plains Township)

The National Park Service has granted the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club — the first African-American country club in the United States — a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located at 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains, Shady Rest is now considered a national landmark. It is listed among all the buildings, sites and districts across the nation worthy of preservation because of their significance in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.

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“We could not be more pleased,” said Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo in a statement. “For a number of years, the volunteers of the Preserve Shady Rest Committee, chaired by Tom Donatelli, have been steadily working toward achieving this important designation. The listing will further ensure that Shady Rest will remain an American landmark for perpetuity, enjoyed for generations, protected from development and a living reminder of a dark era in this nation, when African-Americans faced segregation.”

Donatelli said the committee will now aggressively seek government grants for restoration, noting the cost of upkeep had been the sole responsibility of the township, through the Recreation Commission.

“We plan to apply for as much outside funding as we can,” Donatelli said. “This national listing is a great opportunity for us to further care for the building, funding the ongoing renovations that will be needed.”

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SOURCE:, Remy Samuels

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