Swetland House

Named after Peddie School’s ninth and longest-serving headmaster, Dr. Roger W. Swetland (1898-1934),

Swetland House has long been an institutional icon and historic faculty residence. Built in 1910 and acquired in 1942 by Headmaster Wilbour E. Saunders, the house served as a replacement to the Octagon House as the official headmaster’s residence.

John F. Green, Fifteenth Head of School, was the last to call Swetland home. After his retirement in 2013, an extensive renovation of the house was completed. With the goal of maintaining the integrity of the original space, the expansive 5-bedroom 3-bathroom house was updated to a 7-bedroom 7.5-bathroom home. The third floor was expanded, walls were removed, all appliances were upgraded, the kitchen was remodeled and new HVAC, plumbing and electrical were installed.

Today, Swetland House is a beautifully furnished retreat for invited guests from all over the world.

We are grateful for the opportunity to offer accommodations in Swetland House to our community. Upkeep, maintenance and management of Swetland House is made possible in part by the generous support of our alumni and friends. For more information or to learn how you can support Swetland House, please contact Assistant Head for Development Karyn Vella at kvella@peddie.org. We hope you enjoy your stay at the historic Swetland House.


321 S. Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520

For information and reservations, please contact Special Events Coordinator at 609-944-7968 or lradtke@peddie.org.


Swetland is a private house for invited visitors to campus. If you are an alumnus, parent or invited guest returning to campus for a visit or event and would like to inquire about accommodations at Swetland House, please contact Special Events Coordinator Laura-Lee Radtke at 609-944-7968 or lradtke@peddie.org. Please note that there is a three-night maximum stay and rooms are $80 per night.

Arrival and departure

If arriving between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., please pick up your room key at Coates-Coleman Alumni House. If arriving after 5:00 p.m., please pick up your room key at campus security, located in Caspersen Campus Center. Check-in time is no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and check-out time is no later than 11:00 a.m. Please leave your key on the kitchen counter upon your departure


Three of our guest rooms are furnished with queen-size beds. Other rooms include king, full and twin beds. All rooms have showers, four rooms have bathtubs, and all feature the following amenities:
  • hair dryer
  • radio/alarm clock
  • smart television
  • wireless internet access
  • basic toiletries
  • individualized temperature control
  • fresh linens & towels
All guest rooms have shared access to the kitchen, lounge and dining room. Guests are welcome to consume snacks provided, but are asked not to prepare any food in the house. Guests are invited to join the campus community for meals in Caspersen Campus Center dining hall. Please note that times are subject to change:
Breakfast: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Brunch: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Please note that the entire house, as well as Peddie campus, is smoke-free.

Cancellation policy

Changes to reservations or cancellations must be made 5 full business days prior to arrival. To change or cancel your reservation, please contact Special Events Coordinator Laura-Lee Radtke at 609-944-7968 or lradtke@peddie.org. Lack of adherence to the cancellation policy may result in a penalty equal to the amount of one night's stay.