11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Princeton Battlefield

Year Listed: 2012
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Threat: Development

Partner: Princeton Battlefield Society


Photo by Jon Roemer

On these New Jersey fields, George Washington rallied his forces to defeat British troops, a crucial turning point in the Revolutionary War. A portion of the battle site, however, faces significant threats, including a 15-unit housing development for faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study. As proposed, the project would radically alter the integrity of a rare, intact battlefield.

Waged 235 years ago, the battle at Princeton transformed prospects for the American Revolution. Not only did Washington’s success inspire countless soldiers to renew their commissions, it reinvigorated support for the sometimes desperate Colonial effort .The story of our country’s fight for independence is incomplete without a fully preserved Princeton Battlefield.


Protect one of the Revolutionary War’s most significant battlefields from development and destruction.

Campaign Goals

      • Prevent construction of housing on a key portion of the Princeton Battlefield.
      • Permanently protect the battlefield from future development.