A great first place to visit is the Bainbridge House on Nassau Street
Bainbridge House - Historical Society of Princeton
158 Nassau Street
This 1766 Georgian brick house contains a museum with changing exhibits, a library and photo archives. It is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Princeton.
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission: $4 per person; free for HSP members (includes same day admission to Updike Farmstead on Wednesday and Saturday).
About the Bainbridge House (1766)
This Georgian building is one of the few remaining 18th-century houses in Princeton Borough still on its original foundation. Almost all of the 1766 structure remains, including original paneled walls and staircase. Built by Job Stockton, a wealthy tanner and descendant of one of the earliest Princeton settlers, the property remained in the Stockton family for more than 100 years. In 1774, it was leased to Dr. Absalom Bainbridge whose son, Commodore William Bainbridge, a hero of the War of 1812, was born in the house on May 7, 1774. In the late 19th century, Bainbridge House served as a boarding house for families and Princeton University students. In 1910, the owner, Princeton University, leased it to the Public Library, and in 1967 it became home of the Historical Society. (Information provided by the Historical Society of Princeton).