Drumthwacket Timeline


William Penn (1644-1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, The British North American colony that became the U.S. State Pennsylvania.


William Penn (1644-1718) secures by purchase a large tract of land including Princeton and its surrounds and induces a number of Quaker families to undertake its settlement.


William Olden purchases 330 acres from his brother-in-law Benjamin Clarke, a yeoman (farmer). The Oldens were one of six Quaker families including the Stocktons, Worths and Clarkes who establish a community along Stony Brook near King’s Highway (route 206)


Asher B. Durand. Untitled (Landscape with Cattle, Detail), 1844. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ. Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886) is regarded as a founder of the Hudson River School of landscape. Born in 1796 near Newark, NJ, He was apprenticed at age 17 to an engraver and was, In a few years, Recognized as America’s leading engraver. In 1826 Durand helped to found the National Academy of Design and later served as its president for 16 years. In 1836 he gave up engraving for painting. He was a pioneer in making and finishing his paintings out of doors.


The name Princeton appears and becomes common about 10 years later


Fireplace mantle, Detail. Music Room. The Drumthwacket logo was inspired by the central motif


Richard Stockton (1730-1781) builds Morven on land granted to his grandfather by William Penn. Richard is a graduate of the first class of The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) which moves from Newark to Princeton in 1756. He is one of five New Jersey delegates appointed to the Continental congress where he signs the Declaration of Independence. Morven serves as the first New Jersey Governor’s residence from 1945-1981


Morven served as the first New Jersey Governor’s residence from 1945-1981. Photo Credit: Richard Speedy.

Words Today

The Drumthwacket Foundation continues to serve its mission to preserve historic Drumthwacket, one of the most fabled and elegant of America’s executive residences


Drumthwacket, Present day. Photo Credit: Virginia Hall.


The Foundation presents “Lincoln & Olden: The President and the Governor”. The exhibit brings to life through original historic letters, photographs and artifacts, two distinguished leaders, Governor Charles Olden, who builds Drumthwacket in 1835, and President Abraham Lincoln.