Trippers enter the beautiful grounds of Morven. The 1750 house is set far back from the street and surrounded by giant trees.
We got a chance to look around before our tour started.
A Micha Williams portrait of Robert Field Stockton, whose grandfather, Richard Stockton, built Morven and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Robert innovated propeller driven steam power in his 40 years of service in the Navy. Stockton CA is named for him.
A sampling of the 40 Micha Williams portraits on exhibit. There are 272 known works by the itinerant folk painter.
Trippers relaxed amid the charms of the peaceful gardens. Five New Jersey governors resided at Morven, most recently Brendan T. Byrne 1974-1982.
Structures and sculptures guide you through a thoughtful and lovely. landscape.
We saw Rothko to Richter, Mark Making in Abstract Painting, a provocative exhibition of paintings collected by a Princeton alumnus. Then it was on to the museum's small, but exquisite, permanent collection, including the two Jasper Cropsey panels above. Cropsey, from Staten Island, was an important landscape painter of the Hudson River School.
Trippers relax outside the Princeton Art Museum in perfect weather.
These two Alexander Calder "stabiles," just outside the Museum, are on loan. In 1968 an anonymous gift in remembrance of an Army Air Corps alumnus who perished in WWII, led to the acquisition of 22 sculptures. It was stipulated that the sculptures should be installed outside so that students and community can experience them in the course of daily life. Since then, several additional gifts of sculpture have been incorporated into the campus.
Atmosphere and Environment X by Louise Nevelson, installed in 1971 next to Firestone Library and facing Nassau Street, was her first large outdoor sculpture executed in Cor-Ten steel. The sculpture can be enjoyed even by passers by who do not enter the campus.
Just outside the campus we were snagged by a bookstore with clearance prices.
As we headed back to Palmer Square, just outside Mediterra, to catch our bus - we made plenty of stops -- at various shops, an ice cream parlor, the Lindt Chocolate shop, and a business exposition on the green featuring food and beverage giveaways. Princeton is a great town for wandering around and then sitting and relaxing.