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

The House Front

 
 
The House Front Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
1. The House Front Marker
Inscription. Richard Stockton, the son of the Signer, known as the Duke, made many changes around 1790 to 1800. He rebuilt the central section of the house and covered the building’s brickwork with a white lime wash. In the 18th and early 19th century, there were no foundation plantings. The present plantings and trees in front of the house, as well as the small hillock, represent the landscape created by his son, the Commodore, in the mid-19th century.

Archaeology has shown that in the 18th century one of the main entries to the house went straight from Stockton Street to the front door. The Duke laid out the present horseshoe-shaped drive; at the same time he built a paved forecourt in front of the house. In his day a symmetrical landscape plan would have been favored, in contrast to the picturesque, irregular design applied to the front plantings by the Commodore.

The landscaping was always intended to impress visitors as they passed on the road or approached the house.
 
Location. 40° 20.854′ N, 74° 39.979′ 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 next to an entrance road to the parking area of Morven Museum and Garden. Marker is at or
Augustus C. Heaton, South Façade of Morven, 1870s, image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
2. Augustus C. Heaton, South Façade of Morven, 1870s,
grisaille watercolor, Historical Society of Princeton.
near this postal address: 55 Stockton Street, Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wash House (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); Princeton Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel John Haslet (within shouting distance of this marker); Campsite of The Army of Louis XVI, King of France (within shouting distance of this marker); New Jersey Patriots (within shouting distance of this marker); Marines in the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.)
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
The House Front Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
3. The House Front Marker
Morven is in the background.
Historic Morven image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 1, 2013
4. Historic Morven
 
 
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 757 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   4. submitted on January 1, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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