The Griggs Farm community is named after a Mr. Burnet Griggs. Mr. Griggs was an African American resident of Princeton and a successful business man. He was the owner of The Imperial Restaurant was located at the corner of Hulfish and Witherspoon Streets. According the to the ‘PULSE’ Newsletter here is a quick history of Burnett Griggs and the origin of the Griggs Farm community name.
‘The Imperial Restaurant- owned by Mr. Burnett Griggs for 42 years until he retired at the age of 83. The community and Princeton University students frequented this restaurant for delicious meals and generous ice cream cones. During Princeton’s “Urban Renewal” Mr. Griggs had to fight off the borough to keep his property. He was offered a generous sum for this property, but he claimed he would not sell his property for a million dollars because he had saved every penny to purchase the land.
‘… (the) corner of Hulfish and Witherspoon Streets (is) where Mr. Griggs’ Imperial Restaurant was located. This area is called Griggs’ Corner. The property on Route 206 known as Griggs’ Farm is property once owned by Burnett Griggs.’ – http://phs.prs.k12.nj.us/pulse/business/business.html
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