Saturday, September 3, 2016

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Did you know Princeton is home to the first White House?

Whte House

You read that right.  The first President wasn’t George Washington.  Mimi will break it down on the tour.

Did you know Princeton was home to the first Capitol?

TRUE!  In 1783, the Continental Congress fled to Princeton.  Simply put, we didn’t have taxation yet and hadn’t paid our soldiers.  Rumors spread in Philadelphia that an angry mob might attack congressmen in Independence Hall.  The Continental Congress convened in secret inside Nassau Hall from June until November.

Did you know Princeton was the first legitimate Capital of the United States?

TRUE AGAIN!  The first week of September, George Washington rode to Nassau Hall to receive news that the Treaty of Paris had been signed, which officially recognized America's independence. Princeton, thereby, became the first Capital of the New Nation.

Wanna know the difference between capitol and capital? The Capitol is the building that serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress and the Capital is the city that is the seat of the government for a country or state.  See you’re already smarter and you haven’t even been on the tour yet!

Princeton had their own celebrations during the repeal of the Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party and, of course, pivotal revolutionary battles.

We’ll show you the Stamp Act trees on campus which were planted to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act.  The spot on campus where the students burned all their tea and burned the “King” to the stake after the Boston Tea Party and the famous Cannon Green.

Ever wonder if the rumor about the cannon ball and Nassau Hall is true?

The proof of what really happened surrounds this famous painting by Charles Willson Peale at the Princeton University Art Museum.  We’ll break it down on the tour.

Ever wonder why the Norman Rockwell painting inside the Yankee Doodle Tap Room  has a Paul Revere theme?

We did too and we’ll tell you on the day of the tour when we end at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room and toast the revolution!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


(Just email Mimi at  You'll receive an immediate email letting you know important info for the event on September 3rd!)

We’ll begin at the nation’s first White House and end at the historic Yankee Doodle Tap Room where George Washington toasted the birth of the nation in 1783.  Your registration will send you an email as proof of your registration, where the tour starts and valuable discounts on the day of First Capital Princeton!

This is an annual event in Princeton so mark your calendars now for the first Saturday of every September!   This delightful 1 ½ hour tour is designed to lead your family through a path of revolutionary discoveries in downtown Princeton.