Main Street was built in 1828 as the Lawrenceville Female Seminary by a Latin teacher named James Porter. Porter taught at The Maidenhead Academy (Lawrenceville) until 1827 when he decided to build a school for girls. He died the year it opened and his wife took over the school. However, New Jersey law prohibited a woman from running a school so the then-principal of Lawrenceville, Alexander Hamilton Phillips, ran the Seminary and the Academy at the same time. It closed in 1883 and became a private residence. Lawrenceville rented the house around 1900 as a house for students. It sports a 1901 addition which may have been added at that time. One of the house masters was Thornton Wilder – 1927 – 1930. It is reported that he wrote The Bridge of San Luis Ray while living there. In 1941 it again became a private residence.
In 1978 the Junior League of Greater Princeton hosted a Designer Showhouse and Garden at the property. I would have loved to have visited then!