Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to the Institute Lands
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 Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 & Forestry • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 7, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.