On this field in 1777, General Washington defeated the British and successfully concluded what came to be known as the “Ten Crucial Days” campaign.
In one of the fiercest battles of the American Revolution, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars on the morning of January 3, 1777. American soldiers, pushed back by a strong British assault, were rallied by Washington who rode his horse between the British and American lines, leading his men to his first field victory over British troops. The Battle of Princeton capped 10 days of maneuvering and fighting, including three battles, which began with Washington’s famous December 25, 1776, crossing of the Delaware.
Grades: Pre-school – 12th (plus college); year-round
Topics: Colonial life, The Revolutionary War, and the Battle of Princeton
The Ionic Colonnade was originally the facade of a Philadelphia home, later called St. George’s Hall, designed by Thomas U. Walter in 1836. It was re-erected in the park in 1959, as the entrance to the common grave of 21 British and 16 American soldiers killed in the Battle of Princeton. A poem written for the grave by Alfred Noyes in 1916, then a visiting Princeton professor and later Poet Laureate of England, is inlayed in bronze over the grave.
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500 Mercer Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Grounds Hours Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Clarke House Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tour Hours Please call the site for hours of operation.
Entrance Fee Admission is free, program fees may apply.