Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tracing history: Former US capital

{FitzRandolph Gate and Nassau Hall, Princeton University}
Nassau Hall, built 1754, is a quiet academic building today, but was once a Revolutionary War battle site. Behind the right of the gate...

A reminder that Nassau Hall was also the capitol building in 1783, when Princeton was capital of a new nation. (I guess things were less sleepy then!) 
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P.S. Campus lore: Students walking through FitzRandolph gate won't graduate, eek.

12 comments:

a.s.m. said...


Lugares con un gran significado histórico para el país donde se observa el buen estado
de conservación de estos edificios y monumentos, dada la gran relevancia que han tenido y que tienen para un país. Siempre ejemplos vivos de la buena memoria
histórica de sus ciudadanos.
Un saludo: Angel
Siempre me quedo con ganas de verte en facetas más arriesgadas.

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

Capital it may have been but I guess Princeton is far better known around the world today as a place of learning.

Tanya said...

i didn't know that!! so much history right there!

Catherine Goron said...

The Campus lore is spooky Lulu! What to do when students need to pass through, they must have invented very creative detours?

EG CameraGirl said...

I didn't know Princeton was one the U.S. capitol. See what you can learn blogging? :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Sleepy is good, right Lulu.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shot. I've always liked using gates and arches to frame a photo.

LOLfromPasa said...

Nice job, Lulu. Another bit of US history. Interesting. I love the depth in the top photograph.

Randy said...

I had no idea. Excellent post and photo.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Very nice shots and information!
Didn't know about Princeton having been first capital of the US!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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LONDONLULU said...

a.s.m. - thanks! Many buildings with historical or cultural significance do not survive in this country - I'm also glad this building was preserved...a great reminder of history, indeed.

Paul - yes, so much nicer to be thought of as a center of learning than as a center of politics!

Tanya - I also didn't know until I moved here! Fun to think that history is all around us.

EG - I love learning from other bloggers myself! Glad to be of educational service:)

PerthDailyPhoto - oh yes, I soo prefer sleepy!:)

William - thank you! And thanks so much for dropping by!

LOLfromPasa - thanks! I love history, though I know very little - you're lucky you've so much of it in your neck of the woods:)

Randy - thanks! I also never knew until I moved here.

Mildred - thanks! It was capital for such a short time, so I was also surprised to learn it.

Adele said...

Very interesting. The story about the freshmen is fun. Such an interesting place. Lovely photo!