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Updike Farmstead
Cultural Trust Historic Preservation Grants
Grant Award:
$ 30,000 (2006)
Grant Recipient:
Historical Society of Princeton

Updike Farmstead was established in the late 17th century by Benjamin Carke II, one of the first Quaker settlers to the Stoney Brook area. The property remained in the hands of his descendants for over 150 years. The farm is along the route followed by Continental troops on their way to engage British soldiers at the neighboring Thomas Clarke farm at Princeton Battlefield. George Furman Updike acquired the farm in 1892. The Historical Society purchased the remaining six-acre farmstead from the Updike family.

The 2006 grant helped fund roof replacement on the farmhouse, which will become the new administrative headquarters for the Historical Society. Future plans include rehabilitation of the outbuildings and construction of an archive facility.

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