Bordentown Timeline

1834
January 1

The Delaware and Raritan Canal

In 1834 the Delaware and Raritan Canal opened, connecting the Delaware River in Bordentown to the Raritan River in New Brunswick. Barges loaded with cargo and people were pulled along the canal using mules. The Canal’s economic viability ended with the coming of the railroad. From Hilltop Park, you can..Read More
1844
May 2

Richard Watson Gilder

Richard Watson Gilder
Born in Bordentown in 1844 at the family home on Crosswicks Street, Gilder was a leader in the arts and literature movement in the latter half of the 19th Editor of Century Magazine, social activist, poet, and personal friend of several US Presidents, artists, sculptors, and writers, he spent his..Read More
1846
May 2

William F. Allen

Born in Bordentown in 1846, Allen is credited with helping to establish standard time – as editor of the Railroad Guide and Secretary of the Railway Association, his understanding and advocacy of standardizing time by zones was instrumental in the implementation of standard time in the US and across the..Read More
1851
May 2

Bordentown Female College

Bordentown Female college
Founded in 1851 by Methodist minister Reverend John H. Brakeley, the Bordentown Female College, with its sweeping view above a bluff, enjoyed a reputation as a fine finishing school for young ladies, which drew its students largely from the upper echelons of New York society. The school continued its education..Read More
1858
February 2

Burr’s Corner

From 1858 until 1904, Samuel Engle Burr was the proprietor of a flourishing general store that stood on the corner of Farnsworth Avenue and Crosswicks Street. Considered the hub of social activity in town, this was where local community and business leaders discussed the important issues of the day. Through..Read More
1954
March 3

Henry Hartman

Henry Hartman
A lifelong resident of Bordentown, he was an art school graduate of the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton.  As an accomplished illustrator, his work often appeared in the magazines of Red Book, McCall’s, and the Saturday Evening Post. As his fame grew in the 1950’s, he illustrated Lone Ranger..Read More
1966
January 1

Consolidated Fire Company

Consolidated Fire Company
Consolidated Fire company was formed in 1966 with the merger of neighborhood fire houses including Citizen Hook and Ladder, the Delaware Fire Co, and Weccacoe Hose Co. Each neighborhood had its own fire company, property owners paid a fire tax, and they placed decorative fire insurance marks or metal plaques..Read More
2021
May 2

William F. Powell

After establishing the first state school for African Americans in Alexandria, Virginia in 1884, Powell became the superintendent of School #2 in Bordentown. Credited with improving the quality of education, he later served as superintendent of similar schools for the city of Camden. Achieving national prominence in 1897, he was..Read More