Join The Princeton Battlefield Society and its co-host, the State of New Jersey, for a good old-fashioned Ribbon-cutting on Wed. September 16th to honor the acquisition of the D’Ambrisi Property and its annexation to Princeton Battlefield State Park. The event will take place at the Colonnade on the North side of Mercer Street in Princeton Battlefield State Park. Plenty of parking along Mercer Street.
Mark Texel, Director of the NJ State Park Service, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Major remarks will be made by Assistant Commissioner, Richard Boornazian, followed by short remarks from Mayor Liz Lempert; County Executive Brian Hughes; Senator Kip Bateman; Wendy Mager, President, Friends of Princeton Open Space; Jerald Hurwitz, President, Princeton Battlefield Society; and James Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust, Campaign 1776.
Special thanks will be given to the D’Ambrisi family for their contribution to Princeton Battlefield State Park through the historic and natural resources of this new addition to the Park.
Others to be acknowledged for their roles in the project and their roles in the preservation of the Princeton Battlefield include: Andrew Koontz, President, Board of Freeholders; National Trust for Historic Preservation –Betsy Merritt; and Kristen McMasters, Grants Manager, American Battlefield Protection Program/National Park Service.
Special Thanks: Renee Jones (Green Acres), Robert Kiser (Princeton Municipal Engineer), and Robert von Zumbusch (VP, Friends of Princeton Open Space/Member, Princeton Historical Commission)
Participants will be invited to tour the D’Ambrisi property via a newly created pathway. Participants also will receive a map showing the role of the area in the Battle of Princeton and Fact Sheets regarding the battle and the potential presence of a mass grave of British and American soldiers who died in the Battle. Longer term there are plans for a bicycle path through the property that will connect Stockton Street to Mercer Street as a part of a larger bicycle system planned by the Municipality of Princeton in cooperation with the State of New Jersey Park Service.
Light refreshments will be provided.