Self-satisfied PRINCETON, which began its days inauspiciously as Stony Brook in the late 1600s, lies on US-206 eleven miles north of Trenton. It rose to fame as home to Princeton University, the nation’s fourth oldest, which broke away from overly religious Yale in 1756. In January 1777, a week after Washington’s triumph against the British at Trenton, the Battle of Princeton occurred southwest of town, another turning point in the Revolutionary effort. After the war, in 1783, the Continental Congress, fearful of potential attack from incensed unpaid veterans in Philadelphia, met here for four months; the leafy, well-kept town was then left in peace to follow its academic pursuits. Alumni of Princeton University include actor James Stewart, Jazz-Age writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, actress Brooke Shields and presidents Wilson and Madison.