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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Princeton, New Jersey

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Location of Princeton, New Jersey
    Mercer County (286)
    Burlington County (278)
    Hunterdon County (355)
    Middlesex County (211)
    Monmouth County (243)
    Somerset County (159)
    Bucks County, Pennsylvania (250)
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1New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — “The Washington-Rochambeau Historic Route”
On this site, the allied American and French troops of Generals Washington and Le Comte de Rochambeau encamped August 29 to September 1, 1781 enroute to their Victory at Yorktown American independence was assured there in Virginia by the defeat . . . Map (db m64117) HM
2New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — 250th Anniversary of Princeton University
In the nation’s service. In the service of all nations. On the occasion of its 250th anniversary Princeton University here records its gratitude to its alumni for their devotion to the University and its mission of education, scholarship and . . . Map (db m44846) HM
3New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — 250th Anniversary of Princeton University
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Princeton University, the area communities express appreciation to the University for its contribution to their cultural, intellectual and economic vitality.Map (db m44851) HM
4New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Aaron Burr
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5New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Albert Einstein1879 - 1955
E = mc²‎ (1905) Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world. (1929) Born in Ulm Germany on March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein became a resident of Princeton in 1933, . . . Map (db m64135) HM
6New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Bainbridge House
1766 Bainbridge House 158 Nassau StreetMap (db m62297) HM
7New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Battle of Princeton
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8New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Betsey StocktonWomen’s Heritage Trail — Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church —
Betsey Stockton (1798-1865) began life as a slave for the prominent Stockton family in Princeton. When she gained her freedom at the age of 20, she became a missionary, traveling to Hawaii (Sandwich Islands), Canada and Philadelphia, teaching school . . . Map (db m94762) HM
9New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Burial Site of those who fell in the Battle of Princeton
Near here lie buried the American and British officers and soldiers who fell in the Battle of Princeton January 3rd, 1777 Here freedom stood by slaughtered friend and foe, and ere the wrath paled or that sunset died, looked through the . . . Map (db m149806) HM
10New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Campsite of The Army of Louis XVI, King of France
Commanded by General de Rochambeau during their march to victory at Yorktown August 31, 1781Map (db m5382) HM
11New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Colonel John Haslet
A Patriot of considerable distinction, Colonel John Haslet was the Commander of Delaware's first Continental Regiment. A native of County Londonderry, Ireland, he emigrated to America in 1757. Haslet was a graduate of the University of Glasgow, and . . . Map (db m5380) HM
12New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Colonnade and Gravesite
This colonnade was originally part of Mathew Newkirk’s home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later called St. George’s Hall. The house was designed by Thomas U. Walter, who later designed the dome on the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D. C. In . . . Map (db m10153) HM
13New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — English Boxwood Plants
These English Boxwood plants were grown from George Washington’s hedges planted November 1798 on his Mount Vernon estate.Map (db m64119) HM
14New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — French Markets
The Garden Club of Princeton a founding member of the Garden Club of America established the French Markets during World War I for French War Relief and later for The Club’s Civic Projects These markets have been held in the Spring and Autumn for . . . Map (db m10620) HM
15New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — From Trenton to Princeton
Following the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River and the First Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776, George Washington’s army re-crossed the river back into Pennsylvania. The British and German troops reacted to their defeat at Trenton . . . Map (db m149799) HM
16New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — General Hugh Mercer
To the memory of General Hugh Mercer, the revered martyr of American Independence. Born in Scotland about 1720. Educated as a physician. Emigrated to America 1747. Was appointed by Congress June 5, 1776, a brigadier general in the American Army. . . . Map (db m10081) HM
17New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Historic Portico Preservation and Rebuilding
The preservation and rebuilding here of this historic portico were due to the leadership of the architects of New Jersey in commemoration of the centennial year of the American Institute of Architecture in 1937. Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-88) was . . . Map (db m149805) HM
18New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — John Witherspoon1723 - 1794
Preacher “One of the most useful qualifications of a good minister is that he have a lively sense of religion upon his own heart.”             John Witherspoon Born in Gifford, Scotland, in 1723, Witherspoon was educated at the . . . Map (db m44842) HM
19New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Joseph Henry House
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . Map (db m44814) HM
20New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Joseph Hewes
Born here, 1730, he later moved to North Carolina. He signed the Declaration of Independence for that state in 1776.Map (db m64113) HM
21New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — M. Hartley Dodge, Jr.
In memory of M. Hartley Dodge, Jr. Class of 1930 Killed in France August 29, 1930 His sun is gone down while it was yet day.Map (db m64136) WM
22New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — March of the Mill Children100th Anniversary
Princeton, New Jersey July 1903 – July 2003 Mary Harris “Mother” Joneswas a crusader for workers’ rights. She led several hundred children who worked in the textile mills on a march from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to President . . . Map (db m44850) HM
23New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Marines in the Revolution
Dedicated to the Continental Marines Who Fought with General Washington's Troops During the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777Map (db m5430) HM
24New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Maybury Hill
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1725Map (db m64133) HM
25New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Nassau Hall
This building, erected in 1756 by the College of New Jersey and named Nassau Hall in honor of King William III, was seized by British forces for military purposes in 1776, and retaken by the American Army January 3, 1777. Here met from June 30, . . . Map (db m44832) HM
26New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Nassau Inn – 1756 - 1937
The original “Nassau Inn” stood on this site for nearly 200 years. Many of America’s early statesmen stopped overnight in this half-way house on the stage coach journey between New York and Philadelphia. At times as many as thirty . . . Map (db m64118) HM
27New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Nathaniel Fitz Randolph
Near this spot lie the remains of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph, the generous giver of the land upon which the original buildings of this University were erected. In Agro Jacet Nostro Immo SvoMap (db m62343) HM
28New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — New Jersey Patriots
In memory of those New Jersey Patriots who served on land and sea during the American Revolution, 1775 - 1783 And to Captain Daniel Neil who gave his life in the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777 while commanding the East . . . Map (db m5383) HM
29New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Olden House
At Washington's request, the Olden family cared for British wounded in this house after the Battle of Princeton.Map (db m94760) HM
30New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Paul RobesonIn Recognition Of
World Renown Athlete, Actor, Singer, ScholarMap (db m46165) HM
31New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Princeton Battle Monument
Here memory lingers to recall the guiding mind whose daring plan outflanked the foe and turned dismay to hope when Washington, with swift resolve, marched through the night to fight at dawn and venture all in one victorious battle for our freedom. . . . Map (db m5379) HM
32New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Princeton Speech
I could not but think that if the great and noble men whom this institution necessarily recalls, the founders of our country, were here today, as, thanks be to God, they may be invisibly to us, what joy would fill their hearts as they saw the . . . Map (db m44847) HM
33New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Princeton University
Princeton University 1726       1746       1896 The Log College Opened 1726 at Neshaminy, was discontinued in 1746, when members of the Synods of New York and Philadelphia and supporters of the Log College united in the organization of The College . . . Map (db m166093) HM
34New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Princeton War Memorial
Hold dear our sons and daughters who gave their lives in the World War for Freedom 1914 — 1918Map (db m5399) WM
35New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Princeton WW2 Memorial
A Grateful Class Remembers the Men of 1944 who gave their Lives in World War II Ernest Robinson Ackerman Army Air Corps, Budapest April 3, 1944 John Crosby Butler, Jr. Marine Air Service, Rota Island November 13, 1944 Francois Louis Chapman . . . Map (db m64134) WM
36New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Princeton’s Flag Man
In 1861 Capt. John H.S. Margerum risked his life by climbing to the dome of Nassau Hall to erect The Stars and Stripes of the Union JackMap (db m150264) HM
37New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Reunion Hall
From 1871 to 1965 Reunion Hall stood between West College and Stanhope. Its name commemorated the reunion of the new and old schools of the Presbyterian Church. The stars marked the rooms of students who gave their lives in military service during . . . Map (db m44848) HM
38New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Rev. John Witherspoon
. . . Map (db m32654) HM
39New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Richard Stockton
A signer of the Declaration of Independence is buried in these grounds 1730 – 1781 --------------- Erected by The New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 1913Map (db m44844) HM
40New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — 10 of 12 — Route of Washington’s March
Route of Washington’s march by night from Trenton to Princeton and victory January 3, 1777Map (db m4263) HM
41New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — 11 of 12 — Route of Washington’s March
Route of Washington’s march by night from Trenton to Princeton and victory January 3, 1777Map (db m4264) HM
42New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Site of Moulder’s Battery
At the height of the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, British forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Mawhood, attacked aggressively, forcing the American brigades to fall back. The Americans rallied around a small artillery . . . Map (db m149802) HM
43New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Stony Brook Meeting House
The area around the meeting house and along the Stony Brook river was originally the “Stony Brook Village,” officially part of the town of West Windsor in Middlesex County. A majority of the original colonists that came to settle in . . . Map (db m62289) HM
44New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The British Occupation of New Jersey
With New York City in British hands, Forts Washington and Lee on the Hudson River (North River) fell to British attack November 16 & 19, 1776, respectively. General George Washington moved his army south through New Jersey, crossing the Delaware . . . Map (db m149801) HM
45New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Canal Dug By Irishmen
The Delaware and Raritan Canal, often referred to as "The Big Ditch" was constructed between the years 1831 - 1834 at a cost of almost $3,000,000 and the lives of many Irish immigrant laborers. The hand-dug D & R Canal was 66 miles long. The . . . Map (db m36956) HM
46New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Colonial Revival Garden
Helen Hamilton Shields married Richard the Signer’s great-great-grandson Bayard Stockton in 1894. Intensely proud of the Stockton family’s history, she wished to “restore” the house and gardens to what she perceived as their former . . . Map (db m10478) HM
47New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The First Presbyterian Church of Princeton
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48New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Front Garden
By the time the Commodore began to improve Morven in the 1850s, a picturesque, curvilinear landscape style was the mode. There was an attempt to make plantings appear “natural” and a varied terrain rather than a flat surface was . . . Map (db m10481) HM
49New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Horse Chestnut Walk
A path following the original alignment of the road and continuing the line of Nassau Street remained an entrance to Morven until the property was subdivided in 1891. For pedestrians it was the most direct route from downtown Princeton. . . . Map (db m10484) HM
50New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The House Front
Richard Stockton, the son of the Signer, known as the Duke, made many changes around 1790 to 1800. He rebuilt the central section of the house and covered the building’s brickwork with a white lime wash. In the 18th and early 19th century, there . . . Map (db m10485) HM
51New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The King’s Highway
Originally, the road ran directly in front of the house, on a line that formed a continuation of the present-day Nassau Street. It more or less followed the route of a Native American trail between the Raritan and Delaware Rivers. In colonial times . . . Map (db m166170) HM
52New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Mercer Oak
The Mercer Oak was named for Brigadier General Hugh Mercer, who fought and was mortally wounded in the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777. The white oak is believed to have been here at the time of the American Revolution. A legend says that . . . Map (db m166095) HM
53New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The President’s House
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . Map (db m44813) HM
54New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Princeton Battle Monument
This monument, which commemorates the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, depicts Liberty inspiring General Washington as he leads his troops into battle, and the death of General Hugh Mercer. The seals of the United States and the original . . . Map (db m62293) HM
55New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Princeton Bell(One of the very few relics left of the famous war vessel)
This bell was especially cast for the U.S.S. Princeton, which was commanded by our late fellow-townsman, the illustrious Captain Robert F. Stockton, under whose patronage “The Princeton” was built. On February 28th, 1844, she was taken . . . Map (db m10621) HM
56New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The Wash House
The lower right-hand of this building is an ice house, which probably dates to the 18th century. Ice was harvested from the pond on the Morven property. In the mid-19th century, Commodore Robert F. Stockton enlarged the structure for use as a wash . . . Map (db m10487) HM
57New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — The West Wing
The wing housing the kitchen and service quarters is the oldest part of the house, built by Richard Stockton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Annis, in the mid-18th century. It was raised in height in the mid-19th . . . Map (db m10488) HM
58New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — This is Hallowed Ground
Across these fields in the early light of the third of January 1777, Washington’s Continentals defeated British Regulars for the first time in the long struggle for American Independence. In the memorial grove beyond you, those who fell in the . . . Map (db m149804) HM
59New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Thomas Clarke House
In 1772, Thomas Clarke, a Quaker farmer purchased 200 acres of land from his brother William. The land, then part of West Windsor, had been in the Clarke family since 1696. Thomas replaced an existing structure with the main house that stands today. . . . Map (db m149800) HM
60New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Twentieth-Century Changes
After Bayard Stockton died in 1928, Robert Wood Johnson, head of Johnson & Johnson, rented Morven. He used it as a comfortable suburban retreat, keeping horses in the stable and adding recreational facilities. In 1939, he had plans drawn up for . . . Map (db m62295) HM
61New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — W 3 R
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail www.w3r-us.orgMap (db m62296) HM
62New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Walter Cope, FAIA & John Stewardson, FAIA
Walter Cope, FAIA Oct. 1, 1860   Oct. 31, 1902 John Stewardson, FAIA Mar. 21, 1856   Jan. 6, 1896 --------------- Architects of Blair Hall, Little Hall and the University Gymnasium. Masters in their Art and an Uplifting Influence in the development . . . Map (db m62344) HM
63New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Washington’s Crossing
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64New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown
By this route Washington with his army retired to Morristown after his victory at Princeton January – 1777 -------------- Erected by the D-A-RMap (db m62287) HM
65New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Washington’s Spring
General George Washington and his soldiers paused to drink water from a nearby spring after the Battle of Princeton on January 3rd 1777.Map (db m64120) HM
66New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — 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 . . . Map (db m64234) HM
Apr. 23, 2021