A re-enactor at the Log College shows alumni and guests a slice of 18th-century life.
Peter W. Brunner

On Oct. 19, about two dozen people explored the Log College, in Warminster, Pa., as part of a tour organized by the PRINCETON AREA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION and the PRINCETON CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA. The Log College operated from 1727 to 1745 under the tutelage of William Tennent, a prominent preacher of New Side Presbyterianism during the First Great Awakening. After Tennent died, five of the college’s alumni, including Tennent’s two sons and Samuel Finley (who would become the College of New Jersey’s fifth president) were inaugural trustees of the newly chartered College of New Jersey — which would become Princeton — in 1746. Princeton’s roots have long been traced to the Log College, as are the roots of more than 60 other universities. The enthusiastic tour guides from the William Tennent House Association have inspired the Princeton Area Alumni Association to help with the historic structure’s restoration. 

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