This circa 1731 home located 10 minutes from downtown Princeton, New Jersey, in Rocky Hill’s Historic District, was once a 100-acre working farm. JerseyDigs tells us the home, known as the Murphy Voorhees House in honor of its previous owner, Abraham O. Voorhees, is recognized as a local and national treasure. The property’s biggest claim to fame, however, is that it hosted George Washington in 1783 while he waited to hear news about the Treaty of Paris. In addition to having a place in history, the four-bedroom home has received a thorough renovation with an eye to both restoration and modernization.
Built in the traditional colonial salt-box style, the home sits on over an acre of verdant land. Originally a three-bay, two-story frame structure with clapboard siding and a gabled roof, it has retained three of its four original chimneys.
Early in the 20th century, a two-story wing was added. Since then, the house has been carefully renovated to retain its original character. The grounds are still home to a one-story stone milk house, a remnant of the property’s farming days.
Well-suited for 21st-century life, the house features generously-sized rooms, ample closet space, and two original fireplaces. You’ll also find original wide plank floors, hand-blown glass windows, period details, built-in bookcases and a working well along with the aforementioned milk shed.
The circa-1780 dining room still features an original cooking fireplace. Hidden stairs lead to a lofted area.
Modern features include a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and soapstone counters, central air, a screened porch, an outdoor enclosed shower, and a two-car detached garage, plus additional parking space.
The master suite features a separate dressing area and an original fireplace. Additional bedrooms are both spacious and cozy. An additional fourth bedroom can easily be created by dividing the master suite, which now boasts a sitting room/office, into its original configuration.
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