9. The Mansions of Princeton
Home of Grover Cleveland
In the past, says Omiecinski, those who lived in the toniest neighborhoods of Princeton (within the former estate of Richard Stockton), could only be “academic celebrities and tycoons.” There you can still find gorgeous mansions that were home to the likes of President Grover Cleveland, President Woodrow Wilson, and William Bristol of Bristol Meyer Squibb. Today, you’ll see the home of Judy McCartin Scheide, who along with her husband (now deceased), gifted an immense collection of rare books and manuscripts to Princeton which include an original copy of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence and the first Bibles ever printed.
Also don’t miss Drumthwacket, now the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey with its Guastavino tiling, most famously applied to places like Grand Central Terminal and Ellis Island. Once up to 183 acres in size, the estate now covers nine acres with a beautiful mansion which is open for guided tours.