A close community of early industry


Clay pipe bowl unearthed near site of Jugtown pottery.
Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton

Princeton is not the only royally named community in the region. Kingston is to the east, Queenstown at the intersection of Nassau and Harrison Streets, and even a Princessville briefly existed just to the north. This section explores Queenstown, known otherwise as Jugtown during parts of the 18th and 19th centuries. It takes its nickname from the pottery and brick businesses central to the community here, begun in the 1760s at the Hornor House.

The present Jugtown/Queenstown area is uniquely preserved as a unit. Walking through today, you can almost get a sense of the residential-commercial community that was here in the 18th century, with its small buildings at close proximity along two main streets.

Much like Princeton’s early Yeoman Farmers, records for the ordinary people who owned these modest homes and shops in Queenstown are much more difficult to come by. Such is the nature of historical research -- it is always more prominent citizens whose stories are best preserved. You will notice that the blurbs for some of these buildings are considerably shorter.

342 Nassau Street
Red Farm House
Hornor House
The Captain’s House
Queen’s Court
323-325 Nassau Street
298 Nassau Street
41 Harrison Street
319-321 Nassau Street