It is with great sadness we share that the great jazz man and Ewing native Richie Cole passed away May 2, 2020. He loved performing in the 1867 Sanctuary, and looked forward to performing a “bebop” concert this coming August and another “Alto Madness Christmas – Trenton Style” concert this coming December.

We are honored to be among his friends, and offer our condolences to his daughters, his grandchildren, and to all of his fellow jazz musicians, including headliners such as Alex Otey, with whom he collaborated at the 1867 Sanctuary and worldwide, and to all of his friends and fans.

We are sharing a brief clip of his last concert at the 1867 Sanctuary on December 21, 2019 in celebration of his life.

Rest well, Richie. May you enjoy jamming with your fellow greats!



Due to the State-mandated closure orders, the Sanctuary has lost its two primary sources of revenue: ticket sales and rental fees.  Yet while cutting back on many expenses, our core and most costly operating expenses of insurance and utilities remain, costing approximately $2,000 per month.  Because we have no full-time employees, we are not eligible for current government funds or foundation grants, and that funding does not assist with basic operating costs.  

Our only source of revenue right now is from your most generous and gracious donations.

More than ever we need your help and appreciate your tax-deductible donation of any amount:
• By check, payable to “PNJ/1867 Sanctuary” and mailed to PO Box 7815, West Trenton, NJ 08628
• Online, by clicking on the “Donate” button above, and making your payment via any type of credit card utilizing the Paypal link.

We hope not only to preserve our landmark Sanctuary building but also nourish people’s spirits through shared arts and culture as we move forward together. We look forward to the time when we all can join safely together to enjoy music, concerts, and events, while supporting talented musicians and artists as they share their gifts in Ewing’s beautiful and historic venue. If you are able, please consider supporting the 1867 Sanctuary! Thank you.

The 1867 Sanctuary Committee of Preservation New Jersey

Sephardic Webcast



Click here to enjoy a recording of this concert.


Welcome to the 1867 Sanctuary

The Historic Haven for Arts and Culture

This beautiful and historic gathering place, known for its excellent acoustics, is now maintained by Preservation New Jersey, and serves the central New Jersey and Bucks County region as an impressive venue for concerts and entertainment – and, of course, weddings, memorial services, and other ecumenical and interfaith activities.

Wheelchair accessibleLocated at 101 Scotch Road in Ewing, NJ, it is easily reached from routes I-95, NJ 29, 31, and US 1 and 206. The 1867 Sanctuary is air conditioned and is wheelchair-accessible.

The mission of our concert series is to:

  • Provide a quality space for the best artists in the region to perform and record, and for audiences to enjoy them.
  • Provide a place for inexpensive, high quality entertainment for school and college students in the region.
  • Support our community of artists by compensating them fairly.
  • Generate funds needed to sustain the landmark building, and enhance its capacity to support a wider array of artistic and cultural events and activities serving the greater community.

We invite you to experience and enjoy diverse genres of music, accomplished and up-and-coming talent, simple theater and inspired art in a stunningly beautiful and acoustically magnificent hall.

Please call 609-392-6409 or write to us at with any questions you may have about the use and continuing restoration of this landmark.