The Historic Nassau Inn in Princeton NJ

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2007-08-05

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The original Nassau Tavern at 52 Nassau Street was first built in 1756 by Judge Thomas Leonard, who spent the last years of his life in view of the college he had helped to bring to Princeton. When he passed away in 1759, Judge Leonard's elegant town residence became a hostelry, called College Inn by its new owner. The first proprietor was Christopher Beekman, whose natural talent as an innkeeper soon established the Inn as the center of the town's life. In 1775, the Committee of Safety met at College Inn, and a few weeks later, delegates were stopping overnight on their way to the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Signers of the Declaration of Independence, passing through Princeton in 1776, rested at College Inn.

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Nassau Inn, Princeton, Palmer Square, Borough of Princeton, Mercer County, The Delaware Region, New Jersey, NJ, Jersey, The Garden State, The Raritan Valley Region, U.S. Historic district Contributing property

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