Princeton, NJ Attractions Overview: Historic Sites
With a legacy that predates the creation of America as a country, Princeton is a hotbed of historic sites. These sites include Morven Museum and Garden, Bainbridge House, Drumthwacket, Princeton Battlefield State Park and Rockingham Historic Site.
Morven Museum and Garden
The main attraction of Morven Museum and Garden is the Morven house. This site was the 18th-century home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and once served as the Governor's Mansion for New Jersey governors. Morven is now open for visitors and is preserved as a National Historic Landmark.
Built in 1766 by Job Stockton, the cousin of Richard Stockton, Bainbridge House is one of the oldest standing buildings in Princeton and is a well-preserved example of mid-Georgian architecture.
Drumthwacket is the site of the home that currently serves as the official residence for the Governor of New Jersey, and the property on which Drumthwacket sits once belonged to William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania colony. Drumthwacket is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Princeton Battlefield State Park is a 200-acre state park where British and Continental forces clashed in the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. The park protects the site of that battle and features the Clarke House Museum, the Ionic Colonnade, a stone patio marking British and Continental soldiers’ graves and the Mercer Oak, a tree that stood witness to the historical battle and remains standing today.
Rockingham Historic Site
Rockingham Historic Site in Kingston was General George Washington's final headquarters during the Revolutionary War and housed the future president for nearly three months. It was at this site that General Washington wrote the Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States. Rockingham now entertains visitors with a collection of 18th-century furnishings, a children's museum and a colonial kitchen garden.
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