Past Events

Throughout the year you are invited to join us at educational and information programs and events, many of which are available at the Princeton Battlefield State Park.  You are also welcome to be a part of . . .

TOURS:  From late April to the end of October we conduct tours of the battlefield and detailed presentations on the Battle of Princeton on Sundays.  They are conducted by trained Historical Interpreters.  The tours, scheduled approximately every two weeks including those held at Park events (Memorial Day, July 4, Young Patriot’s Day), are approximately 75 minutes.  After the tour visit the Thomas Clarke House.

PARK EVENTS: For Memorial Day and Independence Day, we have an information table at the Park and invite reenactors to join us.  A battlefield tour is also planned.  (We also have information tables at community events.)

CLEAN UP DAY:  An annual tradition is the recruitment of volunteers (over 100 in recent years) to join us in “cleaning up the Park.”  Our focus has been to remove invasive plants, to trim trees, to mulch collect wood/twigs, to clear visitor paths.  Our efforts have rightfully highlighted our statement:  The Park never looked better after our Clean Up Day!

WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY EDUCATIONAL FORUM:  Get to know our first President better!  We invite you to an evening of learning about George Washington, from his pioneering colonial days, his time as general and president, his life as a farmer.  Invited speakers bring the life, times, and experiences of George Washington to new levels of understanding.

YOUNG PATRIOT’S DAY:  A day-long program at the Battlefield for school-age children and their parents.  Reenactors offer demonstrations of musket and artillery firing and present opportunities to experience Revolutionary War military life.  Living historians, information tables by area historic organizations and sites, activities to expand youthful understanding of this exciting period in American history.

REAL TIME TOUR:  The Battle of Princeton took place on January 3, 1777.  We plan an annual program of presentation and reenactment as close to the date and time of the actual battle.  Experience the weather as our colonial ancestors did, and right on the battlefield where Washington won his first major victory over British regulars.

MERCER OAK AWARD:  The iconic Mercer Oak is a symbol of the battle won at Princeton and the heroism of American revolutionary men.  Each year in June the Princeton Battlefield Society presents its Mercer Oak Award to an individual or group who has supported and advanced the preservation and protection of the battlefield site and the heritage of the Battle of Princeton.

PRESERVATION & HISTORIC ADVANCEMENT:  Two restricted funds have been established to provide funds for the preservation and repair of the historic Thomas Clarke House (the only remaining structure on the battlefield from January 3, 1777) and for the expansion of educational and informational experiences of visitors to the Clarke House museum and the Park.  The Clarke House Fund and the History & Heritage Fund offers you a unique opportunity to become a partner in the preservation of America’s history and heritages.

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