Visiting The Princeton Battlefield
William Trent built his country estate north of Philadelphia, in New Jersey, at the Falls of the Delaware River about 1719. It was a large, imposing brick structure, built in the newest fashion. An “allee” of English cherry trees led from the entrance down to the ferry landing. Nearby, there were numerous outbuildings as well as grist, saw and fulling mills along the Assunpink Creek. In 1720 Trent laid out a settlement, which he incorporated and named “Trenton.” williamtrenthouse.org
A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. morven.org
Getting to the Princeton Battlefield
The Princeton Battlefield State Park is located less than two miles from historic downtown Princeton. Complimentary parking is available on-site.
From Philadelphia via I-95 North, just after the exit for Rt. 206 N, take exit 8-B for Princeton Pike-North. Proceed along Princeton Pike 3.8 miles north to turn right into the battlefield grounds towards the Clarke House parking.
From North Jersey via Rt. 206, follow Rt. 206 South to Princeton, continuing on Rt. 206 south, by turning right onto Stockton St with the Battle of Princeton Monument on your right. Just past Morven, at the next light (0.2 miles), turn left onto Library Place. At the end of Library Place, turn right onto Mercer St. Drive 1.1 miles to turn left into the battlefield grounds toward the Clarke House.
From New York City via the NJ Turnpike, take the NJ Turnpike South to Exit 9 to merge onto NJ-18 N toward "US 1/New Brunswick" and use the right lane to merge onto US-1 S via the ramp to "Trenton/Princeton". Drive 18.4 miles to "Alexander Rd W" exit toward Princeton. Drive 1.7 miles to turn right onto Mercer St. Drive 1.3 miles to turn left into the battlefield grounds toward the Clarke House.
From South Jersey via I-295 North, follow road until just after the point it becomes Rt. I-95 and take exit 8-B for the “Princeton Pike-North” (this is just after the exit for Rt. 1). Drive 3.7 miles to turn right into the battlefield grounds toward the Clarke House parking.
The Ten Crucial Days Historic District includes the town of Princeton, the capital city of Trenton, Morven, the parks at Washington Crossing, the Old Barracks Museum, The Trent House, The David Library of the American Revolution, and much more.
The Old Barracks, and Trenton, are most known for the events of December 1776. At the beginning of the month, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton, and briefly stayed in the Barracks prior to the Battles of Trenton. Colonists, loyal to the English king, also arrived, seeking protection from the soldiers, and were believed to be staying at the Barracks when Washington and his troops marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26th. barracks.org
Princeton played a key role during America's War for Independence. Home to what was then called The College of New Jersey, there are a number of historic structures on, and near the campus, that were witness to the period. Nassau Hall (1756), Maclean House (1756), Bainbridge House (1766), and Morven (c. 1750-1800) home of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. princetonhistory.org
While you visiting the Princeton Battlefield...
The Washington Crossing State Park of New Jersey is the site of one of the most important events of the American Revolution—the Christmas Crossing of 1776. Originally preserved for its historical significance, the park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat. washingtoncrossingparkassociation.org
The Princeton Battlefield is a New Jersey State Park.
It is open year-round from sunrise to sunset and is free of charge.
Trenton is the capital of New Jersey arts and culture, and the epicenter of New Jersey government and politics. With affordable sports and entertainment venues, historic sites, and great restaurants, Trenton has something for everyone. Whether it’s business meetings, conferences, festivals, art and theater events, or simply a nice dinner out, Trenton is the most accessible New Jersey city. destinationtrenton.com
The David Library of the American Revolution is a specialized research library dedicated to the study of American history circa 1750 to 1800. We are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, admission free. The David Library is a non-profit educational institution. Our mission is the collection and dissemination of information on this early period of American history, and the support of related educational programs and scholarly research. dlar.org
While the Ten Crucial Days Historic District is everything its name describes, expand your knowledge of New Jersey's critical role during the revolutionary war period by visiting other historic sites throughout the Garden State. revolutionarynj.org
America's best minds have been visiting and meeting in Princeton, New Jersey for more than 200 years, from the first sessions of the Continental Congress to today's conventions, events, shopping, family activities, and corporate outings. Princeton today you will find everything you would expect for an Ivy League town; fine dining, a wide selection of hotels, world class shopping, and the renown McCarter Theater. visitprinceton.org
Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pennsylvania, offers more than 500 acres of American history, natural beauty and family fun. The park preserves the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. washingtoncrossingpark.org
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