Princeton is the home of venerable Princeton University, one of America's leading institutions of higher learning. Founded as the College of New Jersey in association with the Presbyterian Church, it moved to Princeton in 1756 with construction of Nassau Hall. The name was changed to Princeton University in 1896. Also in Princeton are Westminster Choir College, Princeton Theological Seminary, the Institute for advanced study, and Morven, the official home of the Governor of New Jersey.
The famous Battle of Princeton in the American Revolution took place here in 1777. In 1783 it was the national capital for a brief time.
Located 50 miles (80km) southwest of midtown Manhattan, the borough has many fine homes on tree-shaded streets surrounding a lively and pleasant downtown.