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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Princeton

PRINCETON, 77.5 miles (200 alt., 6,992 pop.) (see PRINCETON).

Points of Interest: Princeton University Campus and Buildings, Princeton Battle Monument, Morven, The Barracks, Bainbridge House, Westminster Choir School, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Theological Seminary, and others.

At Princeton is the junction (L) with State 27, here Stockton St. (see Tour 8), which is united with US 206 between Princeton and Trenton.

US 206 turns R., following Stockton St.

A few widespread houses line the road for some distance to DRUMTHWACKET (L), 78.2 miles, the Moses Taylor Pyne estate (grounds open). The three-story Colonial mansion with five three-story columns across its front was built in 1832. Pyne, wealthy Princeton trustee, led the fight against Woodrow Wilson's plan for the establishment of a university commons.

On a 20-foot hill, 78.4 miles, beside the road (L) stands the THOMAS OLDEN HOUSE, built 1696, the rickety home of a trapper. From its tiny porch Washington reviewed his troops on their march to Trenton in December 1776, and he twice used it in caring for both British and American wounded.

A MONUMENT (L), 78.5 miles, marks the spot where on Jan. 3, 1777, Colonel Mawhood, leading the British from Princeton to join Cornwallis at Trenton, saw Washington's army marching on Princeton. He returned to intercept them, dividing his force here. The split assured the American victory in the Battle of Princeton (see PRINCETON).

At 78.9 miles the road crosses a brook on an old stone bridge. The crumbling walls of a STONE MILL are R.

COX'S CORNERS, 80 m. (170 alt.), is a small hamlet in the midst of rolling, half-forested land. The place was named for Dr. Daniel Coxe, Governor of West New Jersey, 1687-1692.

At 81.3 miles is (R) CHERRY GROVE (private), cor. Carter Rd. The house used by the British in December, 1776, when they held Trenton, is now occupied by descendants of Capt. George Green, owner during the Revolution. Two tall tulip poplars at the side of the old path to the entrance gate are known as "Bride and Groom trees" because a bridal pair planted two saplings in their first dooryard, according to the old custom.

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