The Historic Thomas Clarke House
Built in 1772, in the middle of what was then a 200-acre farm, the historic Clarke House is in outward appearance simply a white clapboard farm house, but this historic 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 of the 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.
The Clarke House is the only remaining structure from the time of the pivotal victory that set our Revolution on the road to success, and the heritage and meaning of our struggle for independence is within its walls. After nearly 250 years, though, the wooden house is showing signs of deterioration, especially near windows and doors, and most recently in the foundation.
Because of its inherent historic significance and because it houses exhibits critical to interpreting the history of the battle for the benefit of visitors, preserving this house is among the highest priorities for the Princeton Battlefield Society.
While the final authority on the upkeep of the historic Thomas Clarke house is the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, your donations are enormously important, allowing matching grants to be obtained for the preservation of this historic American building, a symbol of our struggle for independence.
We thank you for your contributions to the Thomas Clarke House Fund.