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Titusville (Hopewell Township) in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Johnson Ferry House

 
 
Johnson Ferry House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
1. Johnson Ferry House Marker
Inscription. This farmhouse is the only existing structure within the park that witnessed the Crossing of the Continental troops on December 25-26, 1776. It was built around 1740 by Rutger Jansen, a Dutchman from Flatbush, Long Island, on a tract of 490 acres that he purchased along the Delaware River. His son, Garret, inherited the house and property and, with his wife Judith and their 12 children, established a thriving plantation and ferry business. The dutch name Jansen was Americanized to Johnson. By 1769 the Johnson Farm included the present farmhouse, a barn, stables, a stone shop and kitchen, fruit orchards, grain fields, meadows and timbered land. In 1761, Garret obtained a tavern license to operate a ferry service with an upper and a lower landing. The Crossing bridge now stands at what was the lower ferry landing. Ferry travelers could find refreshment or lodging in this farmhouse.

Still referred to as Johnsonís Ferry during the American Revolution (Samuel McKonkey owned the ferry on the Pa. side), it was rented and operated by James Slack and owned by Abraham Harvey. As New Jersey was British occupied on in December of 1776, Hessian patrols from Trenton passed through Johnsonís Ferry frequently for roughly two weeks before the Battle of Trenton. This site was also witness to a small military skirmish on Christmas Eve between 30
Johnson Ferry House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. Johnson Ferry House Marker
The Ferry House is in the background.
Continental scouts and 50 patrolling Hessian jaegers. Best known, however, was the Christmas Night Crossing of the river of 2400 Continental Troops leading to the Battle of Trenton. The house was used briefly by Continental troops and officers and possibly by General Washington, who was the driving force behind the campaign. The Battle of Trenton was a pivotal victory for the American Cause.
 
Location. 40° 17.977′ N, 74° 52.081′ W. Marker is in Titusville (Hopewell Township), New Jersey, in Mercer County. Click for map. This marker is in Washington Crossing State Park near the entrance to the house from a parking area reached by a park access road. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville NJ 08560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Continental Lane (a few steps from this marker); Prelude to Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); Spring House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Crossing (about 400 feet away); Retreat and Counterattack – 1776 (about 600 feet away); Ferry Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Titusville (Hopewell Township).
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Front of the Johnson Ferry House image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
3. The Front of the Johnson Ferry House
The Back of the Johnson Ferry House image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
4. The Back of the Johnson Ferry House
Inside the Johnson Ferry House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
5. Inside the Johnson Ferry House
Johnson Ferry House Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
6. Johnson Ferry House Bedroom
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,196 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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