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  • Kelly M
    Lagos, Nigeria267 contributions
    I love walking around the Princeton University campus. It's clean, filled with life, filled with history, and so peaceful! Thank you!
    Written 19 July 2021
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  • Roam19351606618
    2 contributions
    Contrary to their website, this museum is closed. They are building a new art museum on campus. Not scheduled to open until summer of 2024. Again, I reiterate this museum is not open at the present time. It is however worth walking around the campus. It’s spectacular!
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Felipe O
    San Antonio, TX3 contributions
    A remarkable building with quite a historical background.
    It is beautifully maintained, although it is a bit warm temperature wise.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • urbanguy
    Richmond, VA4,293 contributions
    The Princeton Public Library is a very attractive building, inside and out. It is located in the "heart" of Princeton, not too far from Nassau Street. We easily found metered parking just a block away.

    Being from out-of-town, we were not there to take out any materials. Rather, I was there to look at their donated books that were for sale. And, their Bookstore is outstanding. Just outside the physical Bookstore were several tables of $1 books. Inside, books for sale are nicely displayed by subject matter. This Bookstore is terrific (I have been in many).

    They have a neat machine that in addition to checking out books permits you to renew materials and pay any outstanding fines.
    Written 12 June 2021
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  • LoveToTravelWhenICan
    Pennsylvania, USA654 contributions
    The museum's thorough and knowledgeable docent gave us an extraordinary tour of the museum, and he hung around in case we had questions afterwards. Very interesting for we gone with beautiful gardens.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • YatriForever
    Chennai (Madras), India4,172 contributions
    We were living very close to the lake, hence we walked past the lake almost every day. The lake is pristine, so beautiful and so calm. It makes you feel absolutely good to be here. Have seen the lake in different seasons, and this time around it was mildly frozen too!
    Recommended time, atleast an hour+.
    Written 15 February 2019
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  • Lori G
    Lumberton, TX381 contributions
    This is a highlight on the Princeton campus. You can't drive on the campus so find a parking lot. The building is stunning and free to view.
    Written 18 August 2019
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  • Jean L
    Newton, NJ315 contributions
    A historic cemetery, the final resting place of the famous and not-so-famous. Pay attention to the inscriptions on the stones, many of which detail the intellectual interests and specialties of those being memorialized. A map is available at a little kiosk near the main entrance, listing the most famous graves.
    Written 25 March 2022
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  • Susan S
    Spring, TX174 contributions
    Moving, interesting, peaceful, lots of walking, right next to walking paths but weren't able to go inside as the building was closed. Could use more signs about the battle.
    Written 11 July 2021
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  • urbanguy
    Richmond, VA4,293 contributions
    The Church was built in 1955-1956 in American Gothic style. In front, there is a marble statue of St. Paul that is ten feet tall. The 12 large 3-paneled stained glass windows and the enormous rose window are beautiful.
    Written 12 June 2021
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  • Justin W
    York, PA4,426 contributions
    A nice monument honoring a very important battle in our history. The monument is enormous in easy to find
    Written 19 April 2021
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  • Marykay K
    New Jersey851 contributions
    This lovely Gothic Revival Church is just a few blocks away from Princeton University and its myriad of buildings. Beautiful stained glass windows, stone arches and pillars, carvings and more.

    If you enjoy old churches and lovely stained glass, definitely visit here on a sunny day. I don't know their hours for keeping it open on their website. I have visited one other time, but the church was locked.

    I haven't attended church here, so I can't vouch for more than the building. (There is parking behind the church, as it faces onto Rt. 206.)
    Written 30 December 2018
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  • ckatmomi
    Union, NJ412 contributions
    Marquand is a very well kept, pretty small park. Main attraction seems to be the sandbox for young children. There are a few picnic tables and a path for walking. There are benches but none in the shade and no restrooms
    Written 8 September 2020
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  • 837hazelt
    Princeton, NJ13 contributions
    I just love this building and the whole area, but don't go on a rainy day! They are beautiful very well-kept grounds.
    Written 9 September 2019
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  • original_chessielass
    North East, MD18 contributions
    Since moving to Princeton in 1932 under land gifted to them through a charitable trust by the late Sophia Strong Taylor, who strongly believed in the vision of founder John Finley Williamson, Westminster Choir College has established itself as a jewel in the crown of Princeton, and of the world of choral music. Its choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, across this country and around the world, under the baton of such greats as Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Zubin Mehta. The Westminster Symphonic Choir regularly performs with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Their choirs have received multiple Grammy nominations. The school boasts the largest voice faculty in the world and the conservatory education provided on this bucolic campus just a few blocks from Princeton University is unmatched. The Westminster Choir College Princeton campus also houses the Westminster Conservatory, where thousands of Princetonians of all ages have received weekly lessons and musical training.

    In 1991, during a period of financial difficulty, Westminster Choir College merged with nearby Rider College, a private business school located in Lawrenceville. As a result of this merger (not sale), Rider was able to achieve university status and later co-op the Westminster name to begin music programs on its Lawrenceville campus under the auspices of "Westminster College of the Arts," an umbrella under which Westminster Choir College then resided in name, though still on the Princeton campus which is uniquely equipped for the highly specialized training received by Westminster Choir College students. The recently constructed state-of-the-art Cullen Center on the Princeton campus, built through a generous gift and in part through a state grant, contains one of the two finest choral rehearsal and performance spaces in the United States.

    In 2015, Rider University hired a new president, Gregory Dell’Omo, an individual with a proven track record of dismantling universities with multiple campus. By the end of 2016, he and his Board of Trustees had fabricated a "financial crisis" and there began the long and winding road that has resulted in enrollment drops approaching a staggering 60%, loss of several key faculty members, and a disheartened, though deeply committed, student body. Though Westminster Choir College had full enrollment up until the time of DellOmo's first announcement in December 2016, and Rider itself had huge deficits of 1000+ students, the proposed solution was to move WCC to the Lawrenceville campus in a half-baked consolidation plan. This was met with great resistance and ultimately this plan was abandoned in favor of seeking a "new partner" to take on WCC, hopefully in Princeton, but possibly not. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on consultant Price Waterhouse Cooper (from which the Rider Board president had recently retired) and ultimately the proposed partner was revealed to be a Chinese bridge manufacturer-turned-education company with ties to Chinese government and military. This company had absolutely no higher education experience and research into its origins revealed a questionable timeline which closely mirrored Dell Omo's path of destruction. Multiple lawsuits were filed, and even the NJ Attorney General came out with a statement voicing serious concerns with this proposed arrangement, and in July 2019 the Chinese company backed out. Shortly thereafter, Rider announced a new plan to move WCC to the Lawrenceville campus. Since the enrollment had been decimated due to their own actions, they feel confident that they can make it work this time. However, instead of preparing adequate facilities in Lawrenceville and THEN moving the Princeton students over, they plan to move the students in the Fall of 2020, with a few enhancements to the Lawrenceville campus, and woefully insufficient practice and performance spaces which they say will be built in future years. Obviously this does not bode well for this historic school, and the loss of their presence in the Princeton community would be immense.

    But, as they say, it's not over until the fat lady sings! Right now Westminster Choir College is right where it belongs in Princeton. Its choirs still perform dozens of concerts every year. You can attend some kind of musical event nearly every weekend, whether it be choir, organ or piano concerts, recitals, master classes, operas or other, and you will be guaranteed to be impressed. Most recitals are free, though you should check the website for which performances require tickets. The campus is small and easily walkable. The historic buildings house many charming architectural features, and as you walk through the campus, you will catch the sounds of students practicing as their voices float on the wind. If you are in Princeton, be sure to walk the couple of extra blocks over to Walnut Street to see what all the fuss is about. You won't be sorry!
    Written 16 November 2019
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