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

Bordentown

Circa 1850

 
 
Bordentown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
1. Bordentown Marker
Inscription.  
Located at the confluence of the Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek. Farnsworth's Landing provided an ideal site for a colonial village.

From the 1682 Trading Post to the bustling terminus of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, —1831— and the Delaware and Raritan Canal—1834—transportation provided the life blood of the community and the growing nation.

Bordentown's crossroads location hosted the great and near great as they traveled between Philadelphia and New York. Many left a lasting impression on our nation's history and on our community.

Once a thriving center of shipbuilding, trade and transportation, the waterfront illustrated here, now rests in bucolic peace, an important reminder of our colonial heritage.

Reminders of a more recent era are the BMI cadets enjoying the view from the hilltop.
 
Erected by Bordentown Historical Society, painted by Abby Vanley.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
Bordentown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
2. Bordentown Marker
Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 40° 8.759′ N, 74° 42.717′ W. Marker is in Bordentown, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker can be reached from Farnsworth Avenue (County Road 545) just south of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Friends Meeting House (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 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.
 
Thomas Farnsworth banner on display in Bordentown image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
3. Thomas Farnsworth banner on display in Bordentown
Quaker settler who in 1682 came to Bordentown to establish a settlement where he and other members of the Society of Friends could escape the persecution they experienced in their native England. He built a cabin overlooking the Delaware River and coined the village "Farnsworth's Landing", which would become a center for trade and commerce in the area. More than a century later the village was renamed to honor one of its Revolutionary War heroes, Colonel Joseph Borden. Remnants of the original cabin still exist as a part of a larger, later house on the northwest corner of Park and Prince Streets.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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