Marquand Park and Arboretum, Princeton, NJ

A visit to Princeton would not be complete without a stop at Marquand Park. Marquand Park and Arboretum is a 17-acre historic preserve of trees and woodlands that offers a variety of recreational and educational experiences in the center of Princeton. Originally the landscaped garden of a 19th-century estate, the park has a rich collection of native and exotic trees reflecting the interest and tastes of its previous owners and its current beneficiaries. Some trees in the parks are the largest of their kind in New Jersey.

Marquand Park includes in its collection over 140 different tree specimens, among them some rare evergreens and a Dawn Redwood, known only as a fossil until 1944 when it was discovered growing in China. In the wooded area are huge specimens of native trees such as beech, hickory and black, white and red oaks.

Some trees in the landscaped area of the park have identification tags with the tree's name in white lettering on a black background. The numbers on these identification tags correspond with the numbers in the Guide to Marquand Park for sale at the Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Store in the Princeton Shopping Center. Round metal tags with only numbers are used on trees in the woodlands on the east side of the park. These numbers correspond with the numbers in the park's Tree Inventory. Link to Tree Inventory

Pedestrians can access Marquand Park from Mercer Street, or Stockton Street. The main entrance and the parking lot are on Lovers Lane. Link to Google map

Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Lawrence & Hopewell Township, Mercer County

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, New Jersey encompassing 20+ miles.  The LHT was conceived nearly 15 years ago by employees of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lawrenceville campus in 2001 and then quickly embraced by staff from Educational Testing Service (ETS).


Take a walk or ride your bike along the trail and you will discover the following highlights:


Mercer Educational Gardens

Mercer County Equestrian Center

Mercer Meadows

Historic Hunt House

Lawrence Twp. Recreation

Lawrenceville Main Street

Lawrenceville School

Brearley House

Princeton via Brearley House to D&R Canal

Looking for a little more adventure?  Spend an afternoon geocaching along the trail.  In geocaching, players try to locate the containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. There are more than 50 geocaching sites in Hopewell alone. And there are more than a dozen along or proximate to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail. To see where they are, follow the link below:,-74.73158&z=13

Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation

The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534


Happy cycling!

D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Ctr, Princeton NJ

D&R Greenway Land Trust is central New Jersey's nonprofit land preservation organization, founded in 1989 through the collaboration and vision of four organizations: the Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association, Friends of Princeton Open Space, Regional Planning Partnership, and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission. Founders, including Jim Amon, Rosemary Blair, Dennis Davidson, Sam Hamill, and Bob Johnston, realized that our region's open space was threatened with extinction.

The D&R Greenway permanently preserves watershed lands and large-scale landscapes, thereby preventing the loss of open space to development. The operating region consists of over 1,500 square miles, encompassing portions of the Delaware, Raritan and Millstone River watersheds and the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

White Oak outside the Johnson Education Center

White Oak outside the Johnson Education Center

The Johnson Education Center

Opened in April 2006, the Johnson Education Center serves as a venue for lectures, panel discussions and professional workshops designed to raise awareness about the importance of protecting land and our environment, and the local, regional and even global benefits of doing so.  Through activities at the Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway works to promote a sustainable conservation ethic that results in a public commitment to land preservation.

The center houses an impressive native plant nursery,  offers walking, jogging and birding trails.  They also offer  educational seminars, event rental space, and  host exhibitions and events. For more information, visit their web site listed below. 

Visit their website at: for a list of Walks during the Summer and Fall months.

D&R Greenway Land Trust

Johnson Education Center

One Preservation Place

Princeton, NJ 08540


Terhune Orchards: Farm Store, Winery, Festivals, Pick your own!

It is so hard to describe Terhune Orchards in a few short paragraphs!  There is always something fun and exciting going on.  Spend a few hours picking your own strawberries, cherries, blueberries, or raspberries, or sit in on an educational program on farm animals or apple picking.  You could even visit the winery and have a private tasting.  The farmers market is open year round and always has a bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.  And, don't forget to purchase a bag of fresh, home made cider donuts to devour on the way home.

All the fruits and vegetables grown on the 150 acre farm are sold at the Farm Store in a picturesque century old barn. Terhune Orchards now grows over 35 crops, with each crop having many varieties.  The orchards are well known for their 35 different varieties of apples and 21 different varieties of peaches.

Check out the Schedule of upcoming Festivals and Events:

Firefly Festival
Sunday, June 21, 2015
4:00 pm – 9:00pm

Blueberry Bash
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12 2015
10:00 am – 5:00pm

Peach Festival
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 &2 2015
10:00 am – 5:00pm

Apple Day
Saturday & Sunday September 19 & 20, 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fall Family Fun Weekends
September 26 & 27 through
October 31 & November 1st, 2015

Terhune Orchards Farm Store attracts local people doing their daily shopping as well as visitors on their way through the Princeton area. The Farm Store and Farm Yard are open every day all year.

Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road

Princeton, NJ 08540


Morven Museum & Garden, Richard Stockton House, Princeton, NJ

The Museum:

A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events.


Home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.

Richard Stockton (1730-1781) built Morven in the 1750s on land granted to his grandfather by William Penn in 1701. After a fire in 1758, the home was rebuilt and christened Morven, (“big mountain” in Gaelic) by Richard’s wife Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801). Richard was a graduate of the first class of The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and became a prominent lawyer. He was one of five New Jersey delegates appointed to the Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence. The British ransacked Morven later that year, capturing and imprisoning Stockton. He was released in January 1777. Annis is one of America’s earliest published female poets, immortalizing heroes of the Revolution such as George Washington, who called her “the elegant Muse of Morven.”
Four more generations of Stocktons resided at Morven through the early 20th century before the property was leased to General Robert Wood Johnson, Chairman of Johnson & Johnson and the first non-family member to live there (1928-1944). He was followed by five New Jersey governors when Morven served as the state’s first Governor’s Mansion (1945-1981).

After the Governor’s Mansion was relocated in 1982, Morven went through an extensive restoration and archaeological investigation. Morven re-opened as a museum and garden in 2004.


An unprecedented public and private partnership coupled with an extensive document search and archaeological excavation provided the foundation for a comprehensive renovation of Morven that began in 1999.

The program restored historic features of the grounds, including an 18th-century horse chestnut walk and a colonial revival garden. The buildings were returned to original colors, 20th century alterations were removed, and historic features, such as the renowned parquet floors, were re-installed.

An extensive nine-zone environmental system allows the museum to individually regulate temperature and humidity in each gallery, and security, lighting, fire suppression, and handicap-accessibility systems place Morven at the forefront of industry standards for museums.

What’s happening at Morven:

Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking

This exhibition explores the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century. This was an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the state, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities.  April 23-October 18, 2015

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street

Princeton, New Jersey 08540




Princeton Area Highlight: Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) in Hamilton, NJ

Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds For Sculpture, a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses.

Grounds For Sculpture’s largest exhibition to date, Seward Johnson: The Retrospective, will be extended into July 2015 due to its overwhelming popularity.  Seward Johnson: The Retrospective presents an overview of the popular sculptor’s 50-year career through a lifetime collection of his works, including Forever Marilyn, the 26-foot tall, 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture from his Icons Revisited series.


The permanent collection at Grounds For Sculpture includes works from such distinguished artists as Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, George Segal, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Isaac Witkin. They join the enchanting works of the visionary founder Seward Johnson as well as many others by the finest up and coming artists of our time.

Grounds For Sculpture was established in 1992 to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture by:

  • maintaining a 42-acre sculpture park composed of works by well-known and emerging American and International artists in Hamilton, NJ,

  • organizing accessible exhibitions, and

  • interpreting these exhibitions through publications, lectures, workshops and other educational programs.

Join countless visitors and discover the beauty, charm, whimsy, and inspiration that Grounds for Sculpture holds.

Grounds for Sculpture is located at:
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

During your visit, dine in one of their restaurants:

History Buffs: Memorial Day Re-enactment at Princeton Battlefield!

The Princeton Battlefield Society is presenting a Memorial Day re-enactment of Mercer's attack and the British counter attack on Jan.3, 1777.  The re-enactment takes place throughout the day at the battlefield.  People from around the world visit Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey and make a special trip to visit the battlefield.

Thomas Clarke House is a must see while at the battlefield.  The structure, built in 1772, is a white clapboard farm house. This building is central to the Battle of Princeton, fought on January 3rd, 1777, between the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington, and British Crown Forces.  The house also became hospital after the battle taking in both British and American wounded. American General Hugh Mercer, who the county is named after, died here nine days after the battle from being shot and bayoneted.

Below, we have listed facts on the Battle of Princeton:

  1. Turning Point Battle that Saved the Revolution and the culmination of the 10 crucial days campaign that started with Washington’s crossing of the Delaware
  2. Washington’s First Victory over the British on a Battlefield (Trenton was fought against the Hessians just 8 days before on December 26, 1776)
  3. US Marines suffer their first battlefield death at the Battle of Princeton. 3 companies of marines came with Washington from Philadelphia, including one African American Marine named Orange.
  4. A brilliant daring night march of 18 miles by Washington’s army around the flank of a larger British army which was positioned just yards from his front lines to attack its rear. By marching his army around the flank of the British army he avoided almost assured destruction by the British army at Trenton while demonstrating his ability to pick off British outposts and threaten British supplies and communications. His victory ultimately leads to the liberation of New Jersey.
  5. Washington’s leadership abilities and personal bravery are demonstrated by his rallying of two broken brigades and leading them back into battle and facing a British volley at 30 paces. Washington threatens a double envelopment of the main British force and drives them off the field.
  6. Washington threatens the British payroll 20 miles up the road from Princeton in New Brunswick and guarded by a mere 100 men. Washington places his own army between British army and their payroll which panics the British. 


I. British seizure of New York City and defeat of Washington’s army from June 1776 until November 16, 1776 with the capture of Fort Washington in Manhattan.

II. Washington’s retreat across New Jersey November 18 –December 7, 1776.

III. Washington retreats across the Delaware on December 7 and the British set up outposts in Trenton, Princeton, Washington has lost 90% of his army.

IV. First Battle of Trenton- December 26, 1776  Washington crosses the Delaware and seizes Trenton from the Hessians and retreats across the Delaware with prisoners V. Washington recrosses the Delaware and goes to Trenton Dec 30-31, 1776 to gather troops and invite attack by the British based in Princeton.

VI. The Second Battle of Trenton. January 2, 1777 British General Cornwallis gathers 8000 men at Princeton and launches attack towards Trenton down Route 206 and is met by American forces to retard the British so that Washington can set up defensive lines on the Assunpink Creek-January 2, 1777.

VII. Night of January 2-3rd 1777 Washington marches his army around the left flank of the Cornwallis’ army to the rear of the British army at Princeton. Washington’s army  has around 5600-5800 men. The British garrison at Princeton is estimated at 1500.

VIII Battle of Princeton on the morning of January 3, 1777

Inn at Glencairn: Certificate of Excellence Recipients!

For nearly 10 years, we have been proclaiming that the Inn at Glencairn Bed and Breakfast in Princeton, New Jersey, is the premier lodging destination in Mercer County.  Now, we can proudly say that our guests feel the same way!  We were recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015.  This Award is given to the top 10% of Hotels, B&Bs and lodging providers who offer exemplary customer service to their guests.

Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book their perfect trip.  The Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible.  Now in its fifth year, the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.  As president of TripAdvisor for Business, Marc Charron knows how important the Certificate of Excellence is: "By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition."

From everyone at the Inn at Glencairn, we thank you, our loyal customers!!