Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Princeton, New Jersey

Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:17am EST
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By Steve James

PRINCETON, New Jersey (Reuters Life!) - There can be few more historic towns in America than Princeton, which for four months in 1783, was capital of the fledgling United States.

Home to one of America's most prestigious universities, it was the site of one of George Washington's military victories that turned the tide of the War of Independence from Britain.

It has been home to U.S. presidents, singer and social activist Paul Robeson and Nobel Prize-winner Albert Einstein.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a 48-hour visit to Princeton, which is situated 50 miles south of New York City and surrounded by fruit and vegetable farms.


8:00 a.m. - There are plenty of hotels in the area, but the Nassau Inn, on Palmer Square, opposite the University campus, exudes 18th century elegance with all the modern amenities.

Have breakfast at the inn's Yankee Doodle Tap Room, which also serves lunch and dinner. Egg dishes and pancakes cost between $10-$12 and while you eat you can view the Norman Rockwell mural behind the bar and the walls adorned with framed senior class photos of well-known Princeton University graduates, from Donald Rumsfeld to Brooke Shields and First Lady Michelle Obama.

9:00 a.m. - Cross Nassau Street to the Princeton campus and Nassau Hall, which was bombarded during the Revolutionary War, when it housed a British garrison. Then, when the Continental Congress met there between June and November 1783, Princeton was effectively the United States capital.   Continued...

<p>A man walks on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, November 30, 2009. REUTERS/Steve James</p>