National Register plaque

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation and includes the Robert McNutt House, the Bramwell Historic District and now, the Princeton Public Library.

PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Library has been in a number of locations since it was established.

Since 2009, the PPL has been located in one of Princeton’s oldest buildings, the former Princeton Post Office which is celebrating its 85th anniversary with a placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

PPL Director Sheena Johnson said Tuesday, “We’re very happy with the designation. This building is noted for its unique architecture,with a striking design and materials which you don’t see every day.”

The designation was announced on July 6, she said. It came about with the help of Michael Pulice, a historical consultant from Salem,Va.

“He did a great deal of work, both here and at the state level to accomplish this, “she said.

The building was built in 1935, Johnson added. The designation states that the building is in “very good”condition and that it needs to be as historically accurate as possible.

Johnson said,”We hope this designation brings people in who are interested in the history of Mercer County. We hope that they make day trips to the library.”

The physical representation of the honor is a bronze plaque located to the right of the library entrance.

She concluded,”We encourage people to come here. We put a lot into the building’s designation and we want them to come see what it’s all about.”

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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