After the American victory at the battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776, British forces moved from New York City toward Trenton to crush the outnumbered Continental Army. Knowing that a superior force was moving toward the American position, General George Washington decided to attack the British reserve force which had been left in the town of Princeton, New Jersey. Leaving a small unit to harass the British and deceive them into thinking the Americans lay straight ahead, Washington ordered his forces to sneak around the British army, aiming the full might of 4,500 Continental Army soldiers against a British force of approximately 1,200 soldiers. On January 3, 1777, the Americans, in a series of pitched battles, defeated the British soldiers. With American forces now occupying a key strategic location, General Cornwallis, the British commander, was forced to retreat to New Brunswick and pull his soldiers from outposts around New Jersey, effectively ending British attempts to control the colony. Despite the British viewing the loss as a minor setback, the Battle of Princeton was a monumental victory for the American colonies (via Wikipedia).
Before it was the site of a battle of the American Revolution, Princeton was first a Native American settlement, and then a colonial town settled in the 1680s. Since then, it has achieved fame for being home to Princeton University. It is home to numerous historical sites, museums, and famous homes. Nassau Street, the main thoroughfare through the town, has numerous stores and restaurants. On a cold Sunday in early March, with a winter storm bearing down on our area, my wife and I decided to spend a few hours in Princeton before the snow arrived.
Before I begin my latest photo essay, however, I wanted to provide a few automotive updates:
And now, onto our Princeton adventure:
Despite having spent most of my life within an hour of Princeton (and despite having a family connection to the town!), I had only visited a few times. I was glad that we took the time to explore Princeton yesterday and to see some of the highlights. Princeton Battlefield State Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day, although the Thomas Clarke House Museum typically closes during the winter months. There are no entrance fees to the park. The Princeton University Art Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Thursday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm (the museum is closed on Monday). Admission is free, although the museum does gratefully accept donations. If you are in New Jersey, make sure to stop by Princeton to explore all that it has to offer. And if you are nearby in the middle of March, be sure to visit during Pi Day! March 14th is the birthday of Princeton resident Albert Einstein, and it is also the numerical equivalent of pi (3.14), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi Day in Princeton will include pie eating, pie judging, pie throwing, pizza pie judging, pi recitation, and cupcake decorating!
Thanks for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead!