Joseph Bonaparte

Jos. Bonaparte

Joseph Bonaparte, eldest brother of Napoleon and exiled King of Spain and Naples, settled near Bordentown in 1816 and built a mansion overlooking the Crosswicks Creek. Bringing his European ideals to America, he developed one of the first picturesque-style landscapes in the nation during his 20 year residency. His vast library and art collection attracted many townspeople as well as important notables of the day.