Thomas Clarke House

Thomas Clarke House (HM6JW)

Location: Princeton, NJ 08540 Mercer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 19.739', W 74° 40.51'

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In 1772, Thomas Clarke, a Quaker farmer purchased 200 acres of land from his brother William. The land, then part of West Windsor, had been in the Clarke family since 1696. Thomas replaced an existing structure with the main house that stands today. He lived here with at least two of his sisters, Hannah and Sarah, until his death in 1802. Sarah inherited and remained in the house until her death in 1840. Her nephew, John H. Clarke, enlarged the east wing which included a new kitchen. The house was sold in 1863 to Henry E. Hale and again in 1944 to Blackwell Smith. The State of New Jersey purchased the property in 1946, and established the Clarke House Museum in 1976.

Following the Battle of Princeton, the Clarke House served as a field hospital for wounded soldiers from both armies. Among those taken to the house was brigadier General Hugh Mercer, suffering from seven bayonet wounds. American and british doctors, including Dr. Benjamin Rush, cared for these wounded. Mercer died in the house nine days later tended by Major George Lewis, General Washington's nephew.

Created by Chris Wang BSA Troop 88, Princeton, NJ - 1998
HM NumberHM6JW
Placed ByState of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry
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6 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 527594 N 4464322
Decimal Degrees40.32898333, -74.67516667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 19.739', W 74° 40.51'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 19' 44.34" N, 74° 40' 30.60" W
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Area Code(s)201, 609, 732, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 506 Mercer Rd, Princeton NJ 08540, US
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Located at Princeton Battlefield State Park. Did not get a very good picture.

Oct 10, 2015 at 8:41am PDT by babybago

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