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Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The West Wing

 
 
The West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
1. The West Wing Marker
Inscription. The wing housing the kitchen and service quarters is the oldest part of the house, built by Richard Stockton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Annis, in the mid-18th century. It was raised in height in the mid-19th century. The porch at its rear would have been used as a work place in good weather, as would the service yard. While one or two servants may have slept in the upper story, it probably also housed children of the large Stockton families.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, African-American slaves performed most of the domestic tasks and worked on the farm. Tax records indicate that there were between one and six slaves working at Morven at any one time, but probably there were more. New Jersey passed a gradual emancipation law in 1804, and by the 1840 census the Stocktons owned no slaves. Initially their places were taken by free black and white servants. The 1860 census indicates that all the domestic servants at Morven were Irish immigrants.

The Stockton wives and daughters also engaged in domestic tasks. The ladies of the household ironed, made preserves, prepared food, and even bottled beer.
 
Location. 40° 20.869′ N, 74° 40.026′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker
Manuscript recipes of Annis Stockton, 1790s, image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
2. Manuscript recipes of Annis Stockton, 1790s,
Stockton Family Papers, Historical Society of Princeton.
can be reached from Stockton Street (U.S. 206). Click for map. This marker is behind Morven Museum and Garden. It is in a courtyard between the west wing of the house and the wash house. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Colonial Revival Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wash House (within shouting distance of this marker); The King’s Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Twentieth-Century Changes (within shouting distance of this marker); The House Front (within shouting distance of this marker); The Horse Chestnut Walk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Front Garden (about 300 feet away); The Princeton Battle Monument (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Princeton.
 
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The West Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
3. The West Wing Marker
The West Wing of Morven image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
4. The West Wing of Morven
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 674 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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