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Mark Your Support for Princeton Battlefield


Thank you for signing our petition supporting budget resolutions No. 4143 and 4479, to provide much-needed funding for the Princeton Battlefield State Park. We are excited to announce that on Friday, June 28, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the state budget that includes $1.3 million for the restoration and Interpretation of the Princeton Battlefield! 

We are very thankful to Senator Andrew Zwicker, Assemblywoman Mitchelle Drulis, and Assemblyman Roy Freiman for their leadership in Trenton to help get this funding across the finish line and for their continued support of the Princeton Battlefield.  

The Background

Eight days after the crossing of the Delaware in December 1776, George Washington changed the course of the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Princeton. By snatching victory from the hands of the British, Washington and his amateur army proved their resilience and ability to defeat their formidable foes. 

Now, just three years shy of the 250th anniversary of that decisive victory, the Trust, alongside New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites and the Princeton Battlefield Society, has launched an ambitious multi-year project titled Washington’s Legacy. The initiative aims to transform the Princeton Battlefield State Park, restoring its historic landscape and enriching its educational and interpretive offerings. 

Artist Rendering of 2022-26 Princeton Battlefield Restoration and Rehab
Artist Rendering of 2022-26 Princeton Battlefield Restoration and Rehab

In order to make this transformative project a reality, Washington’s Legacy needs funding in this year’s New Jersey budget. State Senator Andrew Zwicker has introduced Budget Resolution No. 4143, which would appropriate $1.5 million towards the restoration and interpretation of the battlefield, and Budget Resolution No. 4479, which would appropriate $250,000 to develop a master plan for the creation of a much-needed a visitor center.  

Funds from Resolution No. 4143, will restore the landscape to its 1777 wartime appearance, transforming Princeton Battlefield State Park into a nearly 100-acre site that enhances the visitor experience, safeguards archaeological resources and improves the park’s natural features. 

Resolution No. 4479 will use funds to craft a design report for the creation of a Visitor and Education Center on the Princeton Battlefield, building upon previous feasibility studies funded by the American Battlefield Trust. The Visitor and Education Center will illuminate the site’s history, with a focus on the 1777 battle period and provide spaces and programming for heritage tourism and school field trips. 

The proposed design includes a visitor orientation circle, a one-way vehicle loop, parking spaces and a commemorative area. The new visitors center will elevate the park’s profile, provide context for Princeton’s role during the war and accommodate larger groups.  

Revitalizing the Princeton Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, will transform this beloved community asset into an outdoor classroom and a lasting tribute to the brave American soldiers and their British adversaries who fought there. Resolution No. 4143 and Resolution No. 4479, introduced by Senator Zwicker will allow for a full transformation and revitalization of the Garden State battlefield while educating local residents and international travelers about the sacrifices made nearly 250 years ago.