Rich history inspires complex and creative art in this vibrant little town.
Downtown Princeton, part of our Certified Arts Community, is a great place to explore. Start the day right with a hearty breakfast and a spoonful of history at the Mercer County War Museum. The museum pays tribute to our Armed Forces from the Civil War to present-day.
Civil War buffs will want to visit the McNutt House, the first site along the West Virginia Civil War Trail, and the last remaining Civil War structure in Mercer County. During wartime, the home, which was owned by a local doctor, became a hospital. Staff claims their family dogs refuse to enter the room that was used for surgery!
Next, head down Mercer Street to see 34 professional artist murals. Park at the Princeton Public Library to see the book mural, then walk across the street to have your picture made with the Monsters on Mercer Street mural by Patch Whiskey.
Take a stroll through Artists Alley, with 7 different murals by local artists. Learn more about them at the quirky RiffRaff Arts Collective, and explore the gallery of fine arts and crafts.
At the end of Mercer Street, history lives on at the Princeton Railroad Museum. With more than 100 railroad lanterns, artwork, books, photographs and a famous red caboose, children and adults will love learning about the unique innovations of the “Richest Little Railroad in the World.” All aboard!