Palmer House, built circa 1823–24, was originally owned by Commodore Robert Stockton. He
and his wife Maria Potter received the house as a wedding present from her father. The
sold Palmer House to his brother-in-law, James Potter.
Subsequently, the Potter family sold the house to the Garretts of Baltimore. Robert Garrett '97
was a Trustee of the University with a particular interest in its grounds and buildings. In 1923,
he sold the house to Edgar Palmer '03. His widow, Zilph Palmer, bequeathed Palmer House to
the University in 1968.
Much of the furniture in the house is from the University's collection. Mrs. Palmer's heirs left a
few items namely in the dining and front bedrooms.
Princeton University's charming, 19th century guesthouse offers patrons the finest in genuine
hospitality, numerous guest services, amenities and personalized attention for our guests.
Overnight accommodations at Palmer House are open to official guests of Princeton University
exclusively. Catered events at Palmer House are open to all University departments,
and non-University groups booked through the office of Conference and Event Services.
Palmer House features nine charming, custom-decorated guest rooms equipped with queen
or full-size beds, private bath, telephone with voicemail and free local calling, Internet and email capabilities, cable television and complimentary room amenities.
Meal service for room guests includes complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon tea
service (on request) served each day in our bright, charming Solarium. For additional meals,
the innkeeper will be happy to provide a listing of recommended local restaurants within walking
distance of Palmer House.
Palmer House provides full-service catering to University departments as well as University
faculty and staff for personal events. You may inquire about holding your next party or special
event at Palmer House by calling 609.258.3715 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.