Friday, 20th of October 2017

Friday, 20th of October 2017

Incised into a block of one of the pillars of the Fitz-Randolph Gateway at Nassau Hall in Princeton is a commemoration of the 202nd anniversary of Nassau Hall, seat of the first legislature of the state of New Jersey. The inscription also commemorates Nassau Hall's being an artillery target during the Battle of Princeton, as well as recognizing the brief period during which Princeton served as the Capitol of the United States. The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey dedicated the inscribed block on May 23, 1958.

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Named for King William III, Prince of Orange and Nassau, Nassau Hall (or Old Nassau) is the oldest building at Princeton University (known until 1896 as the College of New Jersey). At the time it was built in 1754 it was the largest building in colonial New Jersey. In 1776 Nassau Hall was the first capital of New Jersey, and in July of that year a reading of the Declaration of Independence took place on its lawn. Old Nassau was the site of the nation's Capitol when the Continental Congress met there between June and November of 1783.