Princeton is priceless...one of those little towns that you leave knowing you’ll come back to visit again--and again! Set in a remote yet centrally-located spot in Wisconsin just west of Green Lake, its location on the Fox River and near the Mecan River is destination enough for daytrip canoers, bikers, kayakers, hunters, fishermen, shoppers, diners...and just about everyone! Downtown Princeton reveals cutting-edge boutiques that might easily be side-by-side retailers in one of Chicago’s hippest spots.
Many visitors drive to Princeton on Saturday to enjoy the largest outdoor flea market in Wisconsin, where they find an abundant array of trinkets-to-treasures, including candles, antiques, decorative garden sculptures, handcrafted furniture, spices, the freshest cheese around, clothing, plants, books--far too much totally list--the fun is in the finding! After perusing the morning-to-early-afternoon market most people head downtown, or drive to some of the off-the-beaten path shops and attractions to experience some of the finest urban flair shops in the state. You’ll find handblown glass, espresso and cappuccino, clothing with sass, jewelry and accessories, floral design shops, vintage goods, books and Willy Rae art, nuts and bolts, garden accessories, Amish furniture, yummy ice cream and more.
Princeton is also "antique heaven" for those who love objects with history. Two large antique malls are both on Hwy 23 right by the City Park/Flea Market, and there are also a number of antique/collectible shops throughout town that you won’t want to miss!
Put Princeton on your list of places to visit--many say that it is their favorite community in Wisconsin, and we are sure you will agree!
Kingston/Dalton/Marquette Amish Country Map
Provided by Columbia County Visitors Guide 2012
Princeton is fortunate to have many Amish communities within a short driving distance. The Kingston-Dalton-Marquette, Redgranite and Richford areas are home to a number of authentic Amish retail specialty shops selling handcrafted-furniture to lumber, general store items to fresh produce, greenhouses, cheese and candy and much more...all within easy driving distance to each other. The Amish still follow the traditions of their ancestors in their daily living. Horse-drawn buggies, kerosene lanterns, subdued-color clothing, bonnets and straw hats can still be seen today. The Amish are known for their exceptionally well-made wood furniture, cabinetry, baked goods, beautiful quilts and much more. An entirely different way of life co-exists in this beautiful, rural area of southwest Green Lake County and in neighboring Waushara County.
Take a leisurely drive and see for yourself the uniqueness of Amish living! Many specialty shops are here for your enjoyment. Stop and visit...buy and take home a little bit of the Amish culture. The Amish businesses are usually open weekdays; closed holidays and Sunday, which is their day of worship.
Two notes of caution: Please be courteous when following or passing the horse-drawn buggies and pedestrians on the highways. You will find that most Amish horsedrawn carriage drivers are exceptionally friendly and will wave to you as you pass.
The Amish culture and religious tenants prohibit the Amish people from willingly having their pictures taken. If you are a photographer you are welcome to photograph the horses, buggies, buildings and scenery, but please do not photograph the Amish people. You will cause anxiety by doing so.