Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
18th Century Trenton Timeline
1702 The Proprietors of East and West Jersey relinquish the government of the provinces to Queen Anne, and New Jersey becomes a Royal Colony.
1714 Hunterdon County forms from the northern portion of Burlington County with the Assunpink Creek serving as a boundary.
1719 William Trent, merchant of Philadelphia, builds the brick mansion, today known as the Trent House, on land purchased from Mahlon Stacy, Jr.
c. 1720 William Trent lays out a street plan for a new settlement later known as Trent’s Town.
1723 William Trent and Samuel Green establish a water-powered ironworks on the Assunpink Creek at Trent’s Town.
1726 James Trent, son of William Trent, receives a royal charter for the operation of a ferry across the Delaware River.
1745 King George II grants Trenton status as a Royal borough.
1747 Trenton citizens form the Union Fire Company, the town’s first volunteer fire group.
1750 The Trenton Library Company, founded by Dr. Thomas Cadwalader, opens the first subscription library in New Jersey.
1758 The colonial government
1776 General Washington crosses the Delaware River and marches south, defeating Hessian troops deployed by the British at the First Battle of Trenton.
1777 American forces lead by George Washington clash with the British army under the command of Lord Cornwallis at the Second Battle of Trenton.
1778 Isaac Collins relocates his printing press and newspaper, the New Jersey Gazette, from Burlington to Trenton, becoming the town’s first publisher.
1784 The Continental Congress meets at the French Arms Tavern in Trenton to discuss the future location of the United States government.
1786 John Fitch builds and operates the first steamboat on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Trenton.
1789 The Ladies of Trenton give George Washington a grand reception while he is en route from Philadelphia to New York to take office as the first President of the United States of America.
1790 The State Legislature selects Trenton as the seat of the capital of the State of New Jersey.
1791 Jonathan Doan and the State House Commission draw up plans for the construction of the New Jersey State House.
1792 Trenton incorporates as a city.
1793 The Ancient Free and Accepted
1799 The public offices of the United States government transfer from Philadelphia to Trenton due to a yellow fever epidemic.
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 40° 11.896′ N, 74° 45.501′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from New Jersey Route 29. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 17th Century Trenton Timeline (here, next to this marker); From Federal City to State Capital (a few steps from this marker); Slavery – An “Odious and Disgraceful” Practice (a few steps from this marker); The Battles of Trenton, Turning Point of the Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Trenton’s Early Houses of WorshipNative Americans Exchange Furs for European Goods (a few steps from this marker); What happened to the Lenape? (a few steps from this marker); Who, What and Where were Sanhickans? (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,140 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 3, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. submitted on December 16, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.