Bordentown Timeline

1682
April 3

The Lenni Lenápe

The Lenni Lenápe
Archaeological studies and recovered artifacts dating from 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, and nearby finds dating from more than 12,000 years ago, confirm that parts of the area now known as the City of Bordentown were inhabited by prehistoric people. Much later in the late Woodlands era, some areas of..Read More
May 2

Thomas Farnsworth: Farnsworth’s Landing

Farnsworth Landing
The first permanent European settler of what would later become Bordentown was Thomas Farnsworth. In 1682 he built his cabin overlooking the Delaware River and established “Farnsworth’s Landing” as a center for trade and commerce in the area. Remnants of the original cabin still exist as part of a larger,..Read More
1717
May 2

Joseph Borden

In 1717 Joseph Borden settled here, bought up a substantial part of the land, and changed the town’s name to Borden’s Towne. By 1740, he started a packet line that sailed destinations to and from Philadelphia. Travelers would stop and rest in Borden’s Towne and then board the Borden State..Read More
1740
January 1

Joseph Borden

Joseph Borden
Joseph Borden bought the property owned by Farnsworth. This became Bordentown City.
January 1

Bordentown Society of Friends

Meeting House
Early 18th century residents of Bordentown were largely Quakers. The Friends of Bordentown petitioned the Friends Meeting in Crosswicks to allow them to form their own meeting and build their own place of worship. In 1740, they built the structure still located on Farnsworth Avenue. Although the Bordentown Meeting was..Read More
1772
January 2

Patience Wright

Patience Wright
Born on Long Island in 1725, Patience moved to Bordentown at age 4. In her home at 100 Farnsworth Avenue, Patience developed a talent for sculpting in both wax and dough. In 1772 she traveled to London to work in the royal court as a sculptress. During the American Revolution..Read More
1778
May 2

Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson
Francis Hopkinson, member of the New Jersey delegation to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and son-in-law of Joseph Borden, lived in town for many years. His home was spared destruction by British forces during their occupation in 1778 and today is on the National Register of..Read More
1798
January 1

Joseph Hopkinson

Joseph Hopkinson
Son of Francis Hopkinson, Joseph graduated with a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a federal judge, a Congressman in the House of Representatives from 1814 to 1819, and as a member of the NJ Legislature. In 1798 he penned the lyrics to Hail Columbia which..Read More
1816
May 2

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..Read More
1823
May 2

Susan Moore Waters

Susan Moore Waters
Born in 1823 in Binghamton, NY, Susan Moore Waters was a self-taught portrait painter. Settling in Bordentown in 1866, she changed her style to landscapes and depiction of animals. Her paintings achieved national recognition at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Ahead of her time, Waters was the primary supporter of her..Read More