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Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome to the Institute Lands

 
 
Welcome to the Institute Lands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
1. Welcome to the Institute Lands Marker
Inscription.
          The Institute Lands are a cherished 589-acre tract of woods and farmlands known for their natural beauty and historical significance. These graceful woods and fields form a key link in a network of preserved open space between the Stony Brook and the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

          The northern half of the Institute Lands is a mixed forest known as the Institute Woods, a sanctuary for migrating, nesting , and wintering birds. This forest also displays a remarkable diversity of tree species and soil types.

          The members of the Friends community first settled the Institute Lands in 1696. General George Washington marched his troops across these Lands in the pre-dawn hours of January 3 to engage the British forces in the march into the Revolutionary War’s pivotal Battle of Princeton in 1777.

          On March 31, 1997, the Institute for Advanced Study along with public and private entities and over 1,000 individual donors created a permanent conservation easement on the Institute Lands. The preservation of these historic and environmentally sensitive Institute Lands was accomplished through this extraordinary community partnership.
 
Location. 40° 19.666′ N, 74° 40.48′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey
Welcome to the Institute Lands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
2. Welcome to the Institute Lands Marker
, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from Mercer Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Princeton Battlefield State Park, in the woods behind the Thomas Clarke House. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Route of Washington’s March (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Clarke House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Trenton to Princeton (about 500 feet away); General Hugh Mercer (about 600 feet away); Stony Brook Meeting House (about 600 feet away); The British Occupation of New Jersey (about 600 feet away); Site of Moulder’s Battery (about 700 feet away); Richard Stockton (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Princeton.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Princeton. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryWar, US Revolutionary
 
Markers on the Princeton Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
3. Markers on the Princeton Battlefield
There are four markers at this location. The Welcome to the Institute Lands marker is the leftmost in this photo.
Welcome to the Institute Lands and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
4. Welcome to the Institute Lands and Other Markers
Second Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
5. Second Marker
This marker notes the entities whose support led to the establishment of the Institute Lands.
Third Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
6. Third Marker
This marker pays tribute to some of those whose support was vital in establishing the Institute Lands.
Fourth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
7. Fourth Marker
The major donors to the Institute Lands are listed on this marker.
Welcome to the Institute Lands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 7, 2013
8. Welcome to the Institute Lands Marker
The path seen here follows the route that was used by Gen. Washington and the Continental Army prior to the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. The markers can be seen on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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