12. Albert E. Hinds' House

This walking tour is named for Mr. Albert Edward Hinds. He lived in this house, 227 John Street, with his wife, who proceeded him in death. Mr. Hinds knew everything about Princeton, and he assumed many different jobs since his childhood: shined shoes, delivered milk, drove a horse drawn taxi, helped to pave Nassau Street, worked for University professors, mentored students, served on the Princeton Planning Board and the Historical Society of Princeton and taught bridge to senior citizens. He was a life long member of the Mt. Pisgah AME Church and a friend to all.

This photograph shows Mr. Hinds in 2005, when he was 103 years old and Princeton's oldest resident. Photograph by Peter C. Cook.

Mr. Hinds died in 2006 at the age of 104. The plaza next to the Princeton Public Library is named in his honor, and the gates to the entrance of the plaza were dedicated in September 2013.