As the 17th century was drawing to a close, the sparse number of Quaker settlers residing in Farnworth’s Landing continued to make the most out of their peaceful and humbled existence. This was not easy considering that families were constantly prone to illnesses brought on by the effects of changing weather and the lack of sanitary means within their surroundings. The substandard conditions of the crude log dwellings in which they lived didn’t help matters. In comparison, the magnificence of… Read More »How Bordentown Got Its Name
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In visioning a mecca for trade and religious freedom based on the universal principle of love, over a period of time, Penn mapped out a two-mile wide rectangular grid perfectly spaced with roadways, lawns, gardens, and waterways. He believed that by creating the infrastructure of a “greene country towne” with more open space and wider streets (100’) would prevent the risk of fire like the devastation that he had seen in his native London. Whether communities grew as cities or… Read More »Joseph Borden and Beyond
By STEVEN BASSIN, Staff Writer – January 5, 2021 BORDENTOWN – It was last summer when the Bordentown Historical Society began its “Raise the Roof” campaign to help raise money to replace the roof on top of the Clara Barton Schoolhouse, the first-ever public school in the state of New Jersey and a historic landmark in Bordentown City. Through its fundraising efforts to raise money to fix the roof and apply for a preservation grant from the state to help… Read More »New roof installed atop the Clara Barton Schoolhouse
JarradDaniel Saffren Burlington County Times BORDENTOWN CITY — Joe Gankiewicz is not from Bordentown. He was born and raised in Hamilton. He doesn’t live in the city, either. He resides in Robbinsville. But when his friend, Joanne Paul, a city resident, called him in December to ask for a city-specific favor, Gankiewicz accepted almost without hesitation. The Bordentown Historical Society was renovating the roof at the Clara Barton Schoolhouse, the first public school in New Jersey, which still stands at 109 E. Burlington… Read More »Clara Barton Schoolhouse in Bordentown City gets new roof
Bordentown, NJ – October 13, 2020 — The Bordentown Historical Society on Tuesday, October 13, elected new officers who will serve for the next 2 years. Outgoing officers were Co-Presidents Tim Rollender and Doug Kiovsky and Vice President Dr. Steven Lederman. Newly elected officers are Co-Presidents Bonnie Goldman, Esq and Dr. Steven Lederman, Vice President Doug Kiovsky, and Corresponding Secretary Cathy Forbes. Continuing in their positions are Recording Secretary J. Steinhauer and Treasurer Larry Denny. Lederman stated he and Bonnie… Read More »Bordentown Historical Society Elects New Officers
Murder, mayhem and tragedy in this N.J. town. How a historical society is bringing true crime stories to life.
The Bordentown Historical Society premiered a new performance event on Saturday detailing six stories of murder, mayhem and tragedy — all pulled directly from the history of the town. The 90-minute true crime series, titled “Harrowing History,” takes place outside of the Divine Word Missionaries at 101 Park St. in Bordentown each Saturday evening through to Nov. 9. The live historical performance was created by Kristi Kantorski, the art and marketing director of the Bordentown Historical Society. Kantorski described the event as a play… Read More »Murder, mayhem and tragedy in this N.J. town. How a historical society is bringing true crime stories to life.
Bordentown Historical Society hosting online art show featuring local artists Jarrad Daniel Saffren Burlington County Times BORDENTOWN — From Black’s Creek to the Gilder House (built in 1788) to the Clara Barton Schoolhouse (the first public school in New Jersey), Bordentown is filled with scenic and historic places. An upcoming art show will highlight many of those places. Beginning Friday and running through Oct. 2, the Bordentown Historical Society will host an online art show called “Visions of Bordentown,” featuring local artists and… Read More »Bordentown Historical Society hosting online art show featuring local artists
BORDENTOWN, September 14, 2020 –The Bordentown Historical Society (“BHS”) is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website at https://bordentownhistory.org. The new site features a responsive, modern design, improved functionality, and easy access to essential information to help residents and non-residents, alike, engage with Bordentown’s rich history. The new comprehensive website presents a current and streamlined way to review archival information about the Bordentown region, learn about organizational happenings and join the movement to support the ongoing exploration… Read More »Bordentown Historical Society New Website Launch
BORDENTOWN CITY — Residents and visitors can hardly walk down a Bordentown street without seeing a reminder, in the form of a sign or a building, of the city’s rich history. The city started as a regional trading hub, became the home of the man who inspired the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, and even sustained several houses that have lasted for centuries, according to The Bordentown Historical Society. But no aspect of the city’s history made a greater contribution to… Read More »Bordentown residents working to preserve historic Clara Barton Schoolhouse