Haddonfield in Camden County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Indian King Tavern State Historic Site (NR)
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
In late 1776, the British Army invaded northern New Jersey. The New Jersey Legislature fled south to Haddonfield. In May 1777, Hugh Creighton, keeper of the Indian King Tavern, purchased the dwelling in which the New Jersey Assembly had rented a room. From Creighton’s room, the Assembly approved 20 war measures ranging from the purchase of arms and ammunition to granting militia exemptions to men working in defense industries. Here also it approved a state seal and voted to “establish the Word State instead of Colony in Commissions, Writs and other Process.” In September 1777, the British invaded Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Legislature moved back north. Haddonfield became a Continental Army garrison town, occupied four times by the British. This difficult time in New Jersey’s history is interpreted at the Tavern. Visit and explore a building that started its life in 1732 as a brewery and evolved into a hotel before becoming New Jersey’s first state-owned historic site in 1903.
Discover Revolutionary New Jersey
Erected by Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1777.
Location. 39° 53.939′ N, 75° 1.821′ W. Marker is in Haddonfield, New Jersey, in Camden County. Marker is on Kings Highway (New Jersey Route 41), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Haddonfield NJ 08033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian King Tavern (here, next to this marker); Guard House (within shouting distance of this marker); Reeves-Glover House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Elizabeth Haddon (about 700 feet away); Jonas Cattell (about 800 feet away); New Jersey Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Haddonfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Grove School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Haddonfield.
More about this marker. A photo on the upper left of the marker shows the tavern owner at the bar and grill in the Tavern. A map on the right side of the marker shows the location of the Indian King Tavern, as well as other nearby sites, including Greenfield Hall, Historical Society of Haddonfield, and Ponoma Hall, Camden County Historical Society.
Also see . . .
1. Indian King Tavern Museum. Where New Jersey Changed from a 'Colony' to a 'State' in 1777. (Submitted on June 7, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum. (Submitted on June 7, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. Crossroads of the American Revolution website. (Submitted on June 7, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 7, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.