Celebrating Washington’s Birthday: Past is Present: NJ Colonial Architecture

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton


In honor of George Washington’s birthday, the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Battlefield Society are pleased to present an illustrated talk by author David Veasey on New Jersey’s wide variety of colonial architecture.

The state’s rich and diverse architectural heritage reflects its early European settlers, each of whom brought their own building traditions with them. Recognized as the most varied in the nation, these colonists hailed from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Scotland, and a number of English regions.

Local buildings featured in the program include Rockingham, Nassau Hall, MacLean House, Bainbridge House, Morven, Thomas Clarke House, and the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. The evening will begin with a brief history of Washington’s ties to these structures during the American Revolution.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required, as space is limited; RSVP to eve@princetonhistory.org or call (609) 921-6748 x102.

Copies of Mr. Veasey’s book, New Jersey’s Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings, will be available for $20.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Veasey was raised in Chatham, NJ and has spent most of his life in the state. He now lives in Morris Plains. He has a longtime interest in the state’s architecture, including its lighthouses, which are shown and discussed in his book Guarding New Jersey’s Shore Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations. He also wrote the well-received book, New Jersey Then & Now. He has a BA from Drew University and a MA from New York University. He has worked his entire career as a writer and journalist, publishing articles about New Jersey for The New York Times and on Madison Avenue, the United Nations and finance.