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

Francis Hopkinson

1737 - 1791

 
 
Francis Hopkinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
1. Francis Hopkinson Marker
Inscription.  This tablet marks the home of a famous Revolutionary Patriot, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and originator of the Great Seal of New Jersey, member of Congress, a statesman, scientist, artist, musician and great satirist.
 
Erected 1921 by Francis Hopkinson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicPatriots & PatriotismScience & MedicineWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Historic Landmarks, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
 
Location. 40° 8.918′ N, 74° 42.813′ W. Marker is in Bordentown, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Farnsworth Avenue (County Route 545) and Park Street (County Route 662), on the right when traveling north on Farnsworth Avenue. 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
Hopkinson House plaques image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
2. Hopkinson House plaques
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. This Was The Home Of Joseph Hopkinson (here, next to this marker); Home of Patience Lovell Wright (a few steps from this marker); Notable Bordentown Residents (a few steps from this marker); Patience Lovell Wright (a few steps from this marker); Home of Col. Joseph Borden 2nd (a few steps from this marker); Wright House (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Stephen Sayre (within shouting distance of this marker); First movement by steam on a railroad in New Jersey (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bordentown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Library of Congress. Historic American Buildings Survey (Submitted on July 25, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.) 

2. "Hail Columbia" - About.com. (Submitted on July 25, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Francis Hopkinson House image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, July 22, 2010
3. Francis Hopkinson House
Francis Hopkinson image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
4. Francis Hopkinson
Francis Hopkinson from The Literary History of Philadelphia, 1906, by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer.
Battle of the Kegs banner displayed in Bordentown image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
5. Battle of the Kegs banner displayed in Bordentown
This whimsical ballad was written by Francis Hopkinson describing an attempted attack upon the British fleet as they were occupying the harbor of Philadelphia on January 6, 1778. The kegs were made at Colonel Joseph Borden's cooperage, filled with gunpowder, and floated down the Delaware River. Although the kegs didn't make contact with the warships, the song became a rallying cry for the patriots.
National Historic Landmark plaque on the house image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2020
6. National Historic Landmark plaque on the house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on July 23, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.   4. submitted on December 31, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   6. submitted on November 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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