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  • Bordentown Historical Society, New Jersey - Preserving City of Bordentown historical sites, museums, artifacts and archives
    Bordentown for future generations We are dedicated to maintaining our society s sites museum artifacts and archives We accomplish this through collecting preserving interpreting and teaching the rich and intricate history of Bordentown Our society s activities are made possible through individual contributions grants foundations and government agencies and earned income The largest single source of income for the Society is annual membership fees and programs such as our Home

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  • Bordentown Historical Society, NJ - Bordentown History
    then all the pomp and show of Europe Bordentown s crossroads importance was not lost even to the British The Town was occupied by the British forces on three separate occasions from 1777 through 1778 During one of those occupations much of the town was burned in retaliation of Revolutionary activities including The Battle of the Kegs The kegs were primitive torpedo s built in Bordentown fashioned with a triggering mechanism by Mr Miles at his gun shop on the corner of Farnsworth Avenue and Miles Alley The kegs were launched from large row boats just south of Bordentown floating down to the Philadelphia Harbor then a British stronghold on the swift outgoing tide Although no major British war ships were destroyed the explosions created so much commotion in the Harbor the British spent much of the night shooting at nothing creating an embarrassing event exacerbated by a drinking song penned by Francis Hopkinson poking fun at the scared British and sung in Taverns all over the region The Town s historical significance did not end with the Colonial period as Bordentown in the mid 1800 s continued to play a major role in transportation The first movement by a steam engine on rails in this country occurred on the outskirts of town by the famous steam engine the John Bull now a permanent part of the collection at the Smithsonian Bordentown was an important stop on the railroad line between Philadelphia and New York a boom time for Bordentown with hotels inns and merchants catering to the travelers and the trade they attracted American Presidents and notables passed through the town some stayed Joseph Bonaparte elder brother of Napoleon and exiled King of Spain and Naples was one of those notables that stayed In 1816 pleased by the river s beauty the convenient location to cultural centers and the abundance of unspoiled property Joseph Bonaparte purchased large tracts of land from Bordentown to Trenton and built his mansion in Bordentown on the bluffs overlooking the Delaware River Valley Bonaparte brought a European influence to the town spending more than 20 years here While residing in Bordentown he hosted many important people and was offered the throne of Mexico but turned it down over his preference for a country gentlemen s lifestyle Bordentown s location on the Delaware just below the State Capital of Trenton made it an important river port Shipbuilding and river trade were important industries The opening of the Delaware Raritan Canal also played a role in the town s growth throughout these changes and boom times Bordentown remained small As the Town grew from the riverbank east the architecture has evolved as well Starting with Federal by the river to Victorians on the eastern side spattered with arts craft bungalows Sears Four squares and stately original mansions many of them altered as tastes changed Mansard roof lines added Federal buildings dressed up with some Victorian features Industrialists inventors artists educators and even spies have made Bordentown

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  • Bordentown Historical Society, NJ - Our Mission
    been the repository for documents photographs antiques and quantities of local materials related to our history We have continued to collect expand and refine our collection throughout the years Up until December of 1999 we lacked a facility in which we could organize and display our collection We had previously stored bits and pieces of our collection in various city owned properties and the accessibility of the materials to the public was limited In December of 1999 the Summit Bank Donated the Bordentown Friends Meeting House circa 1740 to our society as a permanent home Restoration adaptive reuse of the building were completed in October of 2001 The Meeting House is open for special community events and is the primary exhibit space for Bordentown memorabilia In 2006 the Bordentown Regional Board of Education donated the original one room schoolhouse used by Clara Barton to the society for preservation and maintenance The society raised funds to provide heat and electricity to the building and to restore its crumbling plaster walls This schoolhouse was the site of the first successful public school program in New Jersey which was founded by Clara Barton Clara Barton lived and taught in the city for three years before moving onto Washington DC and founding the American Red Cross The building houses memorabilia and exhibits of early education in Bordentown City and Clara Barton Over the past several years the society has supported the City of Bordentown in their efforts to restore the Gilder House at the entrance to Gilder Park A circa 1788 farmhouse that provides the society with interpretive exhibit space the house is owned by the City of Bordentown A recent grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust enabled the City to restore the exterior envelope of the building to its pre civil war

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  • Bordentown Historical Society, NJ - Become a Member
    history of Bordentown Our society s activities are made possible through individual contributions grants foundations government agencies and earned income The largest single source of income for the Society is annual membership fees and programs such as our House and Garden tours Our annual membership drive is an attempt to increase our membership and to provide current information on the status of the society Thank you for considering a membership

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  • In The News
    exposed the damaged brick directly to the weather for the next half century The facade restoration project will save the 1740 Meetinghouse for future generations by protecting its fragile Northeast facing brick façade from rapid deterioration and restore it to historically accurate look From 2012 to the present Bordentown Historical Society local donors 1772 Foundation and New Jersey Historic Trust have funded and managed work on the oldest building in continuous use in Bordentown City All work is being performed in accord with priorities and high historic standards of a Restoration Plan prepared by Westfield Architects Preservation Consultants in 2012 Dr Michael Skelly Sr Trustee and Restoration Project Coordinator said When you stand inside this building you are connected to the spirit of the American Revolution This building is a direct link to our City s founders Thomas Farnsworth a Quaker who donated the land it sits on and Joseph Borden a Baptist who donated the money for its original construction in 1740 It is the physical proof that our City s founders wanted freedom of religion in this land This project is made possible by your tax deductible donations to the Bordentown Historical Society Preservation and Restoration Fund Most

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  • Bordentown Historical Society, NJ - Current Exhibits
    sibling 3 out of 4 of her brother and sisters were teachers When her brother David was injured from a fall from the barn roof it was Clara that nursed him at age 13 and brought him back to health Skills she would employ later in life More Patience Lovel Wright A woman ahead of her time Patience Lovell Wright was born on Long Island in 1725 She moved to Bordentown at age 4 with her family At 23 Patience married an elderly Quaker Farmer Joseph Wright They lived at 100 Farnsworth Ave in Bordentown City Together they had five children the last Sarah was born after Joseph s death More Susan Waters Born in Binghamton NY May 18 1823 she died in Trenton NJ at the Quaker Nursing home July 7 1900 Susan Waters first arrived in Bordentown in the mid 1850 s and then returned to stay in 1866 She lived on Mary Street with her husband and parents until she sold her home in 1899 to move to the nursing home Mor e Bordentown Then and Now Throughout the web site you will find memories of many places and people from Bordentown This exhibit is a collection

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  • Bordentown Historical Society, NJ - Event Calendar
    the day of the presentation Click here for details Valentines Chocolate Walk Friday Feb 12th 6 9pm Historical Society is participating at the Meeting House Garden Tour Saturday June 11 2 6 pm rain date June 12 Blueberry Social July 8th 6 8 30 pm Peach Social August 5th 6 8 30 pm Holiday House December 10 Holiday House Tour 4 8 pm Our Executive Board meets on the 2nd

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  • Event Photos
    Association of Bordentown City DBA Visitors receive passports listing all the business who are open and participating in the walk and each business serves various chocolate treats to visitors that evening and visitors have passport validated at each participating business At the end of the evening they turn in their signed passports and a drawing takes place to award a prize Holiday House Tour 2015 Photos from the recent Bordentown

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