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Princeton Battlefield's Mercer Oak

Legend says the American Brigadier General Hugh Mercer lay under the Mercer Oak after he was clubbed and bayoneted by the British, refusing to leave the battlefield until victory was certain. While the legend is not true, the tree is believed to have been present for the battle and close to where Mercer was mortally wounded.

This white oak later became the symbol for Mercer County (named for the general), Princeton Township, the NJ Green Acres program, and other agencies. The approximately 250 year old tree collapsed of its own weight March 3, 2000. The stump survives next to an offspring grown from a 1981 acorn from the original tree.