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Sale of historic Princeton site finalized

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Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study and the American Battlefield Trust have closed on the Trust’s $4 million purchase of 14.85 acres associated with the 1777 Battle of Princeton.

The land, adjacent to the current Princeton Battlefield State Park, will be preserved while the Institute completes construction of campus faculty housing.


The Trust raised approximately $3.2 million from private donors, matched with $837,000 awarded by the National Park Service and the Mercer County Open Space Assistance Program.

The newly acquired land will eventually be conveyed to New Jersey as an addition to the existing state park. It includes two-thirds of the Maxwell’s Field property – where Gen. George Washington routed British forces – along with an additional 1.12-acre tract north of the property that was also a key part of the battlefield.

The Trust and Institute will continue to collaborate to restore the battlefield site and complete construction of the faculty housing, with plans to install trails and signage associated with the Washington’s Charge phase of the battle.

“This addition to the Princeton battlefield is one of the most important acquisitions in the Trust’s 30-year history and preserves the site of one of the defining moments of the American Revolution,” said James Lighthizer, president of American Battlefield Trust.

The Trust received a federal grant last year to create a five-year preservation plan for the Princeton battlefield to help prepare for the site’s 250th anniversary in 2027.

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Elana Knopp

Elana Knopp

Elana Knopp covers all things real estate for NJBIZ. You can contact her at eknopp@njbiz.com.

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