prefab dating back to the 1920s, the house was moved to Princeton from Morristown by Jesse Paulmier Whiton-Stuart and his wife, Mary Marshall Ogden, and reassembled at this location in 1931. Ten years later, they sold the house to the Veblens, who also owned the 1875 farm cottage nearby. After Elizabeth Veblen's death in 1974, the house was donated to Mercer County with the expressed desire that it become a museum and library. The county then rented it out to local arborist Robert Wells and family until 1998, at which point it was boarded up.
The "hay barrack" in the background served as a woodshed for the Veblens, then as home for the Wells' rabbits, before being torn down in 2008 or so by the county. It was one of only a few such structures in NJ, designed for the roof to rise and fall to accommodate hay as it was stacked. You can see how the four corner posts extend up from the roof, which slides up and down on them. The hay barrack design originated in Holland to store an overflow of hay from the main barn. The footprint of an old barn is just behind the hay barrack in the photo.
In 2001, a local architectural firm determined that the "Veblen House and Cottage are eligible for listing as an historic district, for their association with the nationally significant mathematician and scholar Oswald Veblen." In 2020, the NJ Historic Trust judged the Veblen House not eligible, since the Veblens moved to the house later in his career, after he had made most of his contributions to society. More research on the house's unique features and the Veblens' work later in life could change their view, however.