Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights. Historian Saul K. Padover described him as “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”. Born in Thetford in the English county of Norfolk, Paine migrated to… Read More »Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Born in North Oxford Massachusetts on Christmas Day 1821 Clara Barton arrived into a large family of teachers and educators. The youngest of five children Clara learned early the importance of education, caring and self reliance. She was 10 years younger then her youngest sibling, 3 out of 4 of her brother and sisters were teachers. When her brother David was injured from a fall from the barn roof, it was Clara that nursed him at age 13 and brought… Read More »Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Grant Award from NJ Historic Trust

Bordentown Historical Society is elated to share with our members and friends that the Society has been awarded a Level 1 Capital Grant from the Board of the NJ Historic Trust in the amount of $88,110 for our overall roof replacement application. Margaret Westfield of Westfield Architects and Preservation Consultants truly did a fabulous job guiding this proposal through the State Board. We anticipate starting work on this project sometime early spring 2018. In addition to this award we received… Read More »Grant Award from NJ Historic Trust


Country School Association of America (CSAA) ( headquartered in League City, Texas has awarded the Bordentown Historical Society (BHS) a 2016 Country Schoolhouse Association Preservation Grant of $1,000 grant toward the Clara Barton Schoolhouse Preservation Project. CSAA works to preserve America’s early school history throughout the country. Dr. Michael Skelly, BHS Trustee, said, “Bordentown Historical Society is pleased to be awarded this grant. It is great to be recognized by this national association for our efforts in Bordentown. This is… Read More »2016 CSAA PRESERVATION GRANT

Friends Meetinghouse Restoration

The 1740 Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse, now at 302 Farnsworth Avenue, is undergoing an extensive restoration and preservation effort that will return it to its historic appearance as shown in an 1890 photo and as reported in the 1937 Historic American Building Survey (HABS). An evaluation of the existing masonry was completed by Schnabel Conservation in 2012. The building had its 1800’s stucco finish stripped away years ago. This caused damage to the brick and exposed the damaged brick directly to… Read More »Friends Meetinghouse Restoration