After a decade of uncertainly, the future of Princeton Battlefield has been secured. The 21-acre site, known as Maxwell’s Field, located next to the protected state park, faced an irreversible threat – the construction of housing for faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study.
Thanks to negotiations between the Civil War Trust and the Institute for Advanced Study, the two groups have reached an agreement that will preserve almost 15 acres of the battlefield land, while allowing the Institute to construct new faculty housing on a small 7-acre tract. Under the proposal, the Civil War Trust will purchase 14.85 acres of land from the Institute for $4 million, transferring it to the State of New Jersey as an addition to the existing battlefield state park. The acquisition includes 2/3 of the Maxwell’s Field property and an additional 1.12 acres of battlefield land adjacent to the site.
Because the Princeton Battlefield was the location of one of the most important Revolutionary War battles in the country, the endangered site was listed as one of the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places in 2012 and was selected as a National Treasure.
The National Trust is thrilled with the result of this compromise solution and we look forward to the expansion of the battlefield park. Read more here.