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Princeton (North Carolina)

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Princeton [1] is a small town in Johnston County, North Carolina with a population of approximately 1,200 people.

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By car[edit]

  • From the West & East: U.S. Highway 70 (four-lane expressway; this is a minor bypass which does not pass directly through the town limits, however, the old U.S. 70, which intersects the bypass on both its west and east ends, passes through town and is named Dr. Donnie H. Jones, Jr. Boulevard)
  • From the Northwest: U.S. Highway 70-Alternate (two-lane road; continues across U.S. 70 as Edwards Street in town)
  • From the North: Old Rock Quarry Road (two-lane road; named Barden Street in town)
  • From the Northeast: Rains Mill Road (two-lane road; named Pine Street in town)
  • From the Southeast: Old Hinton Road (two-lane road; named Pearce Street in town)
  • From the South: Massey Holt Road (two-lane road; named Pearl Street in town)
  • From the Southwest: Holts Pond Road (two-lane road; named 3rd Street in town; previously served as N.C. 10 "The Central Highway" before being routed as U.S. 70 for a short time)

By plane[edit]

There is an officially recognized airfield just south of town, called Hinton Field, but rarely sees use for anything other than small and private airplanes, as it is a dirt landing strip.

By train[edit]

A west-east rail operated by Norfolk Southern passes directly through downtown, but currently only operates as a freight line. Decades ago, this was a freight and passenger stop along the rail, and the small station was demolished just several years ago; however, there has been consideration of returning passenger service to this section of the line, with Princeton being a possible stop along the route.

Get around[edit]

Sidewalks are located in town, promoting the use of bicycling and walking throughout town. Otherwise, vehicular travel is the only other method of transportation.

See[edit][add listing]

Established in 2009 and expanded on in 2010, the Princeton Veteran Memorial is located on W. Railroad Avenue in town. This memorial recognizes veterans from all branches of service, including POWs. Accompanying it is the annual Princeton Veterans Day Celebration, which includes a parade. Also, the Princeton Christmas Parade is held annually and usually falls on the first Saturday in December.

Do[edit][add listing]

Until recently, Princeton was home to one of three schools in the state that housed grades Kindergarten through 12th in the same building. Now, a new school built in 2008 on the southwest side of town serves as the elementary school (K-5), while the older building in the middle of town serves as a junior-senior high school (6-12).

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are two grocery stores in town, Food Lion and Piggly Wiggly, as well as two banks, BB&T and First Citizens. Entering Princeton from the west, you can find the Deacon Jones Used Car Center. Also, located next to Food Lion on the east side of town, there is a Family Dollar and Triangle Service Center. Located a mile further east of town, you can shop at Dollar General, Ormond's Gas & Appliances Center, and Golf Carts & More. Also in town, there is Woodard's Drugstore, Holt's Hardware, Auto Parts & Supply Co., Quickshirts, Casey's Floral & Catering Service, Triangle Mobility & Medical Supply, People's Clothiers, Tippy Toes Dance Studio, and the Princeton News Leader.

Eat[edit][add listing]

In recent years, new businesses have come to Princeton, giving the town a total of eight places to eat. These include chain restaurants consisting of Hardee's, Bojangles', Andy's Cheesesteaks & Cheeseburgers, Subway, and Hong Kong Chinese, as well as local operations of Nick Bombino's Pizza-n-Stuf, Fran's, and So Cool Snow and Ice Cream.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The closest motels are located in both Smithfield and Goldsboro, each roughly 10 miles from Princeton.


Routes through Princeton
Raleigh ← Smithfield ←  W noframe E  GoldsboroMorehead City
Selma ← Pine Level ←  W noframe E  PrincetonEND


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