The house was constructed c. 1850 and is one of the oldest buildings in
the Witherspoon-Jackson community. Historic maps of the 19th century
suggest that the house was originally smaller, being extended to the
The house has a long association with the Frederick Jackson family and
the Bright Hope or First Baptist Church, which is said to have been
founded in this house. On June 16, 1884, Mary Ten Eyck sold this 120x50
property to Peter L. Kline (Mercer County Deeds, Vol. 141, p. 188).
Peter L. Kline sold the property on February 17, 1885 to Lucy Jackson
(Mercer County Deeds Vol. 143, p. 352), wife of Frederick Jackson. The
property remained in the hands of the Jackson heirs for most of the
20th century. The house was originally half the size it is now. Lucy
Jackson, the daughter of Frederick and Lucy Jackson, was born in the
house and was interviewed by the Princeton Town Topics newspaper
on 30 May 1990 when she turned 100. She remembered "There were two
rooms upstairs and a shed on the back which her father made into a
kitchen. He also built the rooms on the right hand side of the house."