Travel 25 minutes west of Coronet Mitsubishi and you’ll find yourself in a little town called Princeton, Illinois. While it may seem humble in size, its location near the intersection of I-80 and the Amtrak station makes it a buzzing little spot full of interesting people and fun things to do.
Princeton was originally founded by settlers from New England who were descendants from the English Puritans that came to Americas in the 1600s. These settlers were heading west into territories that were uncharted at the time. The settlers built the city from what would have been empty, untouched prairies, and forests. They put in roads, built structures, and developed the city’s first mail route. Years later, the city became a stop on the Underground Railroad.
There are several ways in which visitors and residents alike can catch a glimpse of Princeton's history. One great way is to visit the location of the Underground Railroad stop, which was previously the home of Owen Lovejoy. The Lovejoy Homestead was built in the late 1800s and offers tours that teach visitors about what life was like for the slaves that passed through the Underground Railroad.
The Red Covered Bridge is another historic landmark that dates back to Princeton in the mid-1800s. It’s a beautiful reminder of life many years ago and it’s a lovely place to take a walk or have a picnic.
If Chinaware is your thing—and even if it’s not—Hoffman's Patterns of the Past is an interesting place to stop during a visit to Princeton. This store calls its collection the “Sea of China” and offers endless patterns of Chinaware, from vintage prints to new designs. It’s a quirky place to stop and look around, and one of the many unique places to check out in Princeton.