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

The Colonial Revival Garden

 
 
The Colonial Revival Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
1. The Colonial Revival Garden Marker
Inscription. Helen Hamilton Shields married Richard the Signer’s great-great-grandson Bayard Stockton in 1894. Intensely proud of the Stockton family’s history, she wished to “restore” the house and gardens to what she perceived as their former glory. Although the property was much reduced in size, she determined to reproduce what she thought Annis and Richard’s garden had been.

Helen claimed to have uncovered a number of plants from that garden, although none could have survived two centuries, In a manner typical of the Colonial Revival, she included not only plants thought to have grown at Morven, but also specimens from various historic sites.

She spoke and wrote extensively to promote Morven’s significance; her garden at Morven was included in the Garden Club of America’s 1930s landmark publication, Gardens of Colony and State. It is her garden that has been restored behind the house.
 
Location. 40° 20.86′ N, 74° 40.011′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from Stockton Street (U.S. 206). Touch for map. This marker is behind Morven Museum and Garden, located off of Stockton Street (Route 206). Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Stockton Street, Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Colonial Revival gardens, c. 1910, image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. Colonial Revival gardens, c. 1910,
Historical Society of Princeton
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wash House (a few steps from this marker); The West Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); The King’s Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); The House Front (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); W 3 R (within shouting distance of this marker); Princeton Battle Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map 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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The Colonial Revival Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
3. The Colonial Revival Garden Marker
Colonial Revival Garden image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
4. Colonial Revival Garden
Colonial Revival Garden image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
5. Colonial Revival Garden
Colonial Revival Garden Sundial image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
6. Colonial Revival Garden Sundial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 19, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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