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Visitors interested in American history can explore Princeton's rich past through a number of local organizations and monuments.

The Princeton Historical Society provides a 1.9-mile walking tour and self-guided tours featuring Princeton's main historic sites. The Morven Museum & Garden, the former New Jersey governor's mansion, also offers exhibits and group tours of the museum and grounds.

A bit further from campus, Drumthwacket, the current New Jersey governor's mansion, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for visits and tours. Rockingham served as General George Washington's final Revolutionary War headquarters in 1783, and the historic home is open for visitors. Finally, Princeton Battlefield State Park, site of a crucial encounter between American troops and British Regulars in 1777, includes trails, open lawns and the Clarke House Museum.