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Princeton Battle Monument, Princeton

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4.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The Princeton Battle Monument is located in Princeton, New Jersey, adjacent to Morven and Princeton's borough hall. The Monument commemorates the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, and depicts General George Washington leading his troops to victory and the death of General Hugh Mercer. It stands tall and was inspired by carvings on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Designed to visually anchor the western end of Nassau Street, the monument and its park are a legacy of the City Beautiful movement.HistoryDesignAn act of Congress in June 8, 1906 appropriated $30,000 to be given to the Princeton Battle Monument Association for the erection of a monument commemorating the Battle of Princeton. The association, which dated back to 1887 and included such local notables as Allan Marquand and Moses Taylor Pyne, was required to match the $30,000 with an equal sum raised independently. On February 24, 1908, having raised the requisite funds, the association commissioned prominent Beaux Arts sculptor Frederick MacMonnies to build the monument. The architectural design was done by Thomas Hastings of acclaimed firm Carrère and Hastings.
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  • The monument is next to the municipal center. There is a walkway with the very large stone monument as well as some other plaques and smaller statues, and the bell from the USS Princeton. The monument...  read more »
  • This is a cool monument that you have to stare at for a while to see all the details of. There are some other statues there too- two by Seward Johnson. At night the monument is lit up with different c...  read more »
  • A lovely pastoral location on the outskirts of town. Not a lot of formal activities, but a lovely spot with excellent walking trails and open spaces for kids to run free. 
  • Beautiful and imposing monument to celebrate Princeton's rich history with the revolutionary war.
  • Good landmark.
  • It's beautiful in the Spring!
  • take pic here
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