Princeton Battlefield State Park
The Princeton Battlefield State Park is a tract of land in Princeton, NJ where the Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton took place. The Battlefield memorial is the centerpiece of the site. It consists of the facade of an impressive mansion that used to dominate the landscape. The Greek-style columnns are quite mesmerizing. Behind the facade in a wooded clearing, the actual memorial to the battle lies. It is a massive stone circle inscribed with a dedication to the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle. Surrounding the memorial is a beautiful set of fields that are always used by the locals.
Backstory and Context
As previously noted, The Battle of Princeton was an immensely important event in American history because it helped to turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Not all colonists fully supported the Revolution, and the early stages of the war did not bode well for the revolutionary cause4. Suffering defeats to the vastly superior British army did not do patriot moral any favors. It was not until the stunning victories of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton that it seemed like the colonials had any chance of winning at all. The victories here offered great boosts to colonial morale, and helped to galvanize the colonies into greater efforts which led to great, war winning victories such as at Saratoga and Yorktown.5
Today, the battle site of the Battle of Princeton has been turned into a beautiful state park. The centerpiece of the state park is a stunning monument to those who fell during the battle. Behind great columnns is a large stone monument dedicated to the Battle of Princeton. However, there is an expansive tract of land surrounding the monument that is used for a variety of purposes. Being a state park, people from across the Mercer County area come to the Princeton Battlefield State Park to enjoy beautiful New Jersey spring and summer weather with all sorts of activities. It is not uncommon to find families having picnics on the grounds or a variety of youth sports organizations using the expansive green fields for soccer, football, or frisbee. One can also be sure to find Revolutionary War buffs coming from across the country to this important site to take in the stunning monument to one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War.