Bordentown in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Richard Watson Gilder House
The Gilder House is the cultural centerpiece of Gilder Park. The Gilder family gave the park to Bordentown City in 1935. Rodman de Kay Gilder gave the house, which dates back to the 1700's, and surrounding farm to the City under the condition that the house would serve as a museum or public library to the community. The Gilder House is a key component of the Bordentown Historic District which was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in 1976 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Home of my forbears, home of my dreaming childhood,
House that I love with a love instinctive, changeless,
Ancestral, mystical, passionate tender, sorrowful;
Old house where I was born and my mother before me.
Gilder's life was one of intellectual curiosity and pursuit, balanced with intense public service. He was instrumental in preserving many historically significant buildings in New York City, pursued civil service reform, international copyright protection, education reform for the underprivileged and many supporting arts based programs.
Funding for the 2008 exterior restoration has been made possible in part by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust/State of New Jersey, The City of Bordentown, The Bordentown Historical Society, and The Gilder Park Revitalization Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Support for the Gilder Fund was provided by Marlene and David Thompson, Tim Loretangeli, and Marguerite Mount, Bill and Esther Collom and generous member of
Location. 40° 8.756′ N, 74° 42.173′ W. Marker is in Bordentown, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Crosswicks Street and Gilder Park Drive, on the right when traveling west on Crosswicks Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bordentown NJ 08505, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clara Barton (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clara Barton School (about 700 feet away); Borden's Towne (approx. ¼ mile away); Dedicated to School No. 2 (approx. ¼ mile away); George S. Bowers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bordentown Veteran's Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tower Clock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bordentown Female College (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bordentown.
Also see . . .
1. Library of Congress - Historic American Buildings Survey. (Submitted on October 8, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.)
2. Richard Watson Gilder. Wikipedia article and biography of Richard Watson Gilder. Includes photos. (Submitted on October 8, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 994 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on October 16, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 8, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.