Built in 1772, in the middle of a 200 acres farm, is a white clapboard farm house. This building is central to the Battle of Princeton, fought on January 3rd, 1777, between the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington and British Crown Forces.
The Clarkes, a third generation Quaker family at Stony Brook Quaker Settlement, turned the house into a hospital after the battle, taking in both British and American wounded. Despite being cared for by Dr. Benjamin Rush (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), American General Hugh Mercer died here nine days after the battle from being shot and bayoneted. Mercer County in New Jersey, site of the battle, is named in his honor.
After nearly 245 years, the wooden house is showing signs of rot. The rot is especially evident around the windows. The shutters, doors, threshold and steps also need work. Near the foundation, the rot is also evident. The final authority on the upkeep of the Thomas Clarke house is the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Please help with donations, so that matching grants can be attained.
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The Thomas Clarke House
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