The Historical Society of Princeton announced last week that it would be vacating its current headquarters, Bainbridge House on Nassau Street, the Town Topics reported. The Society will move all operations to Updike Farmstead on Quaker Road by the end of next year. Bainbridge House, which the University currently owns, has been used by the HSP since 1967.
An official at the University, quoted by the Topics, said that no decision has been made on what to do with the house, but added that the exterior will not be altered since the house is part of the Princeton Historical Town District.
According to the HSP website, Bainbridge House was the birthplace of William Bainbridge, a hero of the War of 1812. The house also provided accommodations for the Continental Congress and has served as a boarding house for University students as well as the former home of the Princeton Public Library.
The house has also served as a museum, and it houses temporary and permanent exhibition rooms as well as a photographic archive. All of these functions will be moved to Updike Farmstead at the end of next year.