It was 43 years ago this week that I first moved to Princeton. I was 18 years old at the time, an incoming college student moving into my freshman dorm. I have lived and worked in the Princeton area for most of the last 43 years. When you have lived in one place for so long, it’s easy to take the place for granted. And so, beyond the pleasure of spending half the day with a genuinely nice guy, I also enjoyed the opportunity to see Princeton through fresh eyes. I will leave it to Gary (RighteousBruin) to share his impressions and his photos, but while Gary was taking pictures of Princeton, I decided to spend the time taking pictures of Gary, taking pictures of Princeton.
This is Gary standing in front of Nassau Hall.
Nassau Hall is the oldest building on the campus. Built in 1756, Nassau Hall has a fascinating place in American history. In 1777, British forces occupied the building. During the Battle of Princeton, George Washington’s army shelled the building with cannon fire, in order to re-take Nassau Hall. (By the way, in case you’ve ever wondered where George Washington was going in the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, he was on his way to the Battle of Trenton and from there north to the Battle of Princeton). In 1783, when Philadelphia was deemed too dangerous, the Continental Congress moved for a brief time into Nassau Hall, in Princeton.
Here’s Gary checking out a sculpture just outside of Firestone Library.
It was simply a very nice day with a very nice man.