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Houghton-Smith Farmstead Princeton, NJ

The main block of the Houghton-Smith Farmstead was built just prior to the Revolutionary War and portions of the structure may be much older – possibly as old as 1709.   For the time of its construction it has some of the finest period details of any house in Princeton.  Situated directly on Stony Brook in the Prince­ton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Historic District, the former 200-acre farm has been owned by several notable Princetonians including Dr. John Woodhull and Paul Tulane, as well as the Updike family.

In 1999 Princeton University alumnus Bruce Willsie was visiting Princeton and decided to purchase the property.   Since the Willsie’s plans to move to Princeton were more than four years off at the time of purchase, the architect worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office to obtain Preservation Tax Credits for the restoration work.

As extensive restoration and renovation work began, the kitchen wing was found to be in a state of near-collapse, with no real foundation walls and woefully inade­quate framing.   This was due to the high probability that the wing was originally only the weather roof covering for a long-removed beehive oven that became progressively enclosed during the nineteenth century.   Upon completion, the house was rented until the Willsies took occupancy in 2005, with subsequent minor renovations for their use, including kitchen renovations to allow for a future home-based cooking school to be known as Ezekiel’s Table.

In 2011 the Regional Planning Board approved the cooking school as a recognized home occupation use.

Link to Article – Portal to the Past
Link to Ezekiel’s Table http://www.ezekielstable.com/

Princeton House Tour – 2010
National Register of Historic Places
Preservation Tax Credits

Houghton-Smith Farmstead Front Elevation

Houghton-Smith Farmstead Study
Historical Society of Princeton Preservation Award 2001
 Houghton-Smith Farmstead Parlor Houghton-Smith Farmstead Dining Room

Houghton-Smith Farmstead Hall Houghton-Smith Farmstead Hall

Houghton-Smith Farmstead Living Room Houghton-Smith Farmstead Bedroom

Houghton-Smith Farmstead Beehive Oven            Ezelials Table        
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