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

The Wash House

 
 
The Wash House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
1. The Wash House Marker
Inscription. The lower right-hand of this building is an ice house, which probably dates to the 18th century. Ice was harvested from the pond on the Morven property. In the mid-19th century, Commodore Robert F. Stockton enlarged the structure for use as a wash house or laundry, and a dormitory for servants.

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). Touch for map. This marker is behind Morven Museum and Garden in the courtyard
Wash house, c.1890, image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
2. Wash house, c.1890,
Historical Society of Princeton.
between the house and the wash house. Marker is at or 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 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). 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 Wash House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
3. The Wash House Marker
The Wash House image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
4. The Wash House
The Wash House - Rear View image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 10, 2008
5. The Wash House - Rear View
 
 
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 735 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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