Walking Tours

Princeton History Sunday Tour

“We have lived here for nearly 17 years and are familiar with the town and campus. This is the first time we took the tour and wished we had taken it earlier since we learned a fair amount of new information and factoids. (Our guide) was informative and entertaining … Thanks for offering a great resource for the community.” – S. A.

Enjoy a 1-2 mile walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Tours start outside Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau St. Tickets are $7.

Advance purchase is recommended, as space is limited. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change.

Portions of the tour include stairs and hills, please notify guide of any accessibility needs.

Tour length: April-October, tours run approximately 2.5 hours. Tours are shortened to 90 minutes November-March, to accommodate for colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours. 

Tours are held in light rain; in the event of severe inclement weather, click here for an update on HSP’s calendar of events, or visit our Facebook page.

PLEASE NOTE: As of November 5, 2018, new parking meters have been installed around Princeton. Meters are now enforced 7 days a week. Click here for more information. Free parking is available on weekends in Princeton University’s numbered lots. Lot 10, on William Street, is closest to the start of the Sunday walking tour. 

 

Tickets

Princeton History Walking Tour on November 18, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Princeton History Walking Tour on November 25, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Stony Brook Walking Tour on December 1, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Themed History Walks

Princeton U. Architecture Tour

This popular tour explores the phenomenal architecture on campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two-mile hike include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothis marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the brand-new Princeton Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility. Starts at Palmer Square’s Tiger Park. $10 per person. 

Please check back for spring 2019 dates. 

Historic Stony Brook: Gateway to Princeton History

Before there was a “Princeton,” six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the “hidden” back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield. 

Tickets are available online for the following date: December 1.

Princeton University Eating Clubs

Join author Clifford Zink on a walking tour of Princeton University’s majestic eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the sixteen Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to tour the inside of three clubs.

Please check back for spring 2019 dates.

Copies of Zink’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will be available for sale at a discounted price at the end of the tour. Co-sponsored by Princeton Prospect Foundation and the Historical Society of Princeton.

In Her Footsteps: How Women Shaped Princeton

Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton, have developed a brand new tour dedicated to the contributions of women in the community. The walk includes an overview of Princeton’s history and focuses on some of the women who have helped make Princeton – both town and its namesake University – what it is today. Stops include the new Betsey Stockton Garden, Alexander Hall, and Dorothea’s House. 

Please check back for spring 2019 dates.

Digital Tours

Experience the Historical Society of Princeton’s signature local history walking tours digitally with our mobile app. Explore some of Princeton’s most notable, and more hidden, places, with the help of an audio guide and unique material from HSP’s extensive collections. Stay up to date on HSP’s exciting events and exhibitions and get important visitor information in the palm of your hand.

Download it for free from the iTunes store or Google Play store.

The Albert E. Hinds Memorial Tour: African American Life in Princeton

This one-of-a-kind tour of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District gives you the history beyond Nassau Street. Narrated by Shirley Satterfield, a resident of the community and member of the first integrated class at the Nassau Street School, topics include the “Princeton Plan” that desegregated schools; the life of Paul Robeson; and the establishment of Palmer Square, which demolished much of the historic African-American neighborhood across from the University.

Click here to access this tour online.