Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Wash House
Helen Hamilton Shields Stockton, who lived at Morven from 1891 to 1928, referred to it as the “slave quarters,” in an attempt to equate Morven with a southern plantation. The Stocktons had owned slaves until the 1830s, but by the time the Commodore adapted this as servants’ quarters there were no longer any slaves at Morven.
Male servants slept in a dormitory over the wash house, and other servants in the room over the ice house; possibly some also occupied the second floor of the West Wing. The coachman and grooms probably lived over the stables, the gardener had a separate cottage a block away, and the farm laborers probably lived near the farm, which was about one-third of a mile north of the house.
Location. 40° 20.855′ N, 74° 39.997′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from Stockton Street (U.S. 206). Click for map. This marker is behind Morven Museum and Garden in the courtyard
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Colonial Revival Garden (a few steps from this marker); The House Front (within shouting distance of this marker); The King’s Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); The Horse Chestnut Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); The Front Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The West Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); W 3 R (within shouting distance of this marker); Princeton Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Princeton.
Also see . . . Morven Museum & Garden. (Submitted on August 20, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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