2017 Press Releases


Princeton Ciclovia

Sunday, May 21, 2017
1 - 4 PM
Quaker Road, Princeton

Princeton’s 4th annual Ciclovia will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 1 to 4 PM.

This free event promotes healthy, active living by closing Quaker Road to vehicles and opening it for people to exercise, play, and learn. Families can run, walk, skate, and ride bikes along the route. Special activities at the Historical Society’s Updike Farmstead include sitting in a Durham boat from Washington Crossing Historic Park, meeting Revolutionary War reenactors, and viewing historical talks and displays by area history organizations.

New this year is Chasing George, a 10-mile bike ride along the D&R Canal State Park path, in the spirit of the route Washington took the morning of January 3, 1777 to fight in what became the Battle of Princeton. Starting at 12:30 at the Douglass House at Mill Hill Park in Trenton, the group will follow a George Washington reenactor to Princeton along the D&R Canal State Park trail.

Online registration for Chasing George is available at ChasingGeorge.eventbrite.com, or by contacting Eve Mandel at eve@princetonhistory.orgor (609) 921-6748 x102.

Individuals or families can also participate in a shorter version by joining the “troops” at the D&R Canal path entrance on Quaker Road around 1:25 PM. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the “troops” when they arrive at the Washington route marker on Quaker Road (near Updike Farmstead).

Parking for Ciclovia is available at the Quaker Meeting or Mercer Mall.


Celebrating Washington’s Birthday: Past is Present: NJ Colonial Architecture

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton


In honor of George Washington’s birthday, the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Battlefield Society are pleased to present an illustrated talk by author David Veasey on New Jersey's wide variety of colonial architecture.

The state’s rich and diverse architectural heritage reflects its early European settlers, each of whom brought their own building traditions with them. Recognized as the most varied in the nation, these colonists hailed from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Scotland, and a number of English regions.

Local buildings featured in the program include Rockingham, Nassau Hall, MacLean House, Bainbridge House, Morven, Thomas Clarke House, and the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. The evening will begin with a brief history of Washington’s ties to these structures during the American Revolution.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required, as space is limited; RSVP to eve@princetonhistory.org or call (609) 921-6748 x102.

Copies of Mr. Veasey’s book, New Jersey's Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings, will be available for $20.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Veasey was raised in Chatham, NJ and has spent most of his life in the state. He now lives in Morris Plains. He has a longtime interest in the state's architecture, including its lighthouses, which are shown and discussed in his book Guarding New Jersey's Shore Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations. He also wrote the well-received book, New Jersey Then & Now. He has a BA from Drew University and a MA from New York University. He has worked his entire career as a writer and journalist, publishing articles about New Jersey for The New York Times and on Madison Avenue, the United Nations and finance.