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Bordentown in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Friends Meeting House

 
 
Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
1. Friends Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  Erected 1740 on land donated by Joseph Borden, founder of Bordentown
 
Erected by Bordentown Rotary Club.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism ⛪ series list.
 
Location. 40° 8.761′ N, 74° 42.718′ W. Marker is in Bordentown, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is on Farnsworth Avenue (County Road 545) just south of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown NJ 08505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bordentown (here, next to this marker); Bordentown Female College (within shouting distance of this marker); Tower Clock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Paine (about 500 feet away); First movement by steam on a railroad in New Jersey (about 700 feet away); This Was The Home Of Joseph Hopkinson (approx. 0.2
The Bordentown Friends Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
2. The Bordentown Friends Meeting House
miles away); Home of Patience Lovell Wright (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wright House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bordentown.
 
1740 Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Returns to Historic Look sign on the grounds image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
3. 1740 Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Returns to Historic Look sign on the grounds
The 1740 Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse, now at 302 Farnsworth Avenue is undergoing an extensive restoration and preservation effort that will return it to its historic appearance as shown in an 1890 photo and as reported in the 1937 Historic American Building Survey (HABS). An evaluation of the existing its 1800's stucco finish stripped away years ago. This caused damage to the brick and exposed the damaged brick directly to the weather for the next half century. The façade 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.
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Bordentown Society of Friends banner on display in Bordentown image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
4. Bordentown Society of Friends banner on display in Bordentown
Early 18th century residents of Bordentown were largely Quakers who escaped persecution from their native England. The Friends of Bordentown petitioned the Friends Meeting in Crosswicks to allow them to form their own meeting and build their own place of worship. In 1740, they built the structure still located at 302 Farnsworth Avenue. Although the Bordentown Meeting was discontinued in 1904, the "Friends Meetinghouse" remains as the oldest house of worship in the city.
Joseph Borden banner on display in Bordentown image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
5. Joseph Borden banner on display in Bordentown
In 1717 Joseph Borden settled here, purchased substantial parcels of land, and changed the town's name to Borden's Towne. He started a packet line from Philadelphia to Bordentown in 1740. Travelers would stop and rest in Borden's Towne, and then board the Borden State for Perth Amboy where they would make their ferry boat connections to New York.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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