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Titusville in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

An Historic Site

 
 
An Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
1. An Historic Site Marker
Inscription. During Colonial times this was the landing for the ferry to Pennsylvania. The building that was then located here served as a home for the ferryman and a Tavern for those who waited to cross the river. Washington and his Continental Army crossed here to attack Trenton on Christmas night in 1776.

A covered bridge was built in 1834 ending the need for a ferry. This year also saw the Delaware and Raritan Canal completed during the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The present building was added as a kitchen and servants quarters and the former Ferry Tavern became a Canal House to serve the boatmen manning the canal barges.

In 1851 the Belvidere-Delaware Railroad was completed. More rooms were added to the building and it became the Alexander Nelson House, a Victorian resort and hotel for commercial travelers.

Canal traffic declined, and the last barge went through in 1933. The main part of the hotel was torn down during the 1930’s. Then the use of trucks to haul freight led to the discontinuance of railroad service in 1975. The tracks were removed in 1977 to make room for the present bicycle path.

This remaining building was renovated in 1980 by the Washington Crossing Association of New Jersey to serve as a center for historical displays and interpretation.
 
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Marker in Washington Crossing State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
2. Marker in Washington Crossing State Park
The marker is on the banks of the Delaware River, at the site of crossing made by George Washington and the Continental Army.
Washington Crossing State Park.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 17.814′ N, 74° 52.052′ W. Marker was in Titusville, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker was on River Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Washington Crossing State Park, in front of the Nelson House near the River. Marker was in this post office area: Titusville NJ 08560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Ferry Site (here, next to this marker); Washington Crossing (a few steps from this marker); The Site of Washington’s Crossing (a few steps from this marker); The Christmas Night Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Washington Crossed the Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing of the Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); 200th Birthday of George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial of General George Washington's Birthday (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNotable PlacesWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
The Nelson House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
3. The Nelson House
The Nelson House dates back to 1850, and is a State of New Jersey Historic Site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,079 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on November 18, 2009, by Robert Wong of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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