Bordentown’s crossroads importance was not lost even to the British.
In 1717 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 from Philadelphia to Bordentown.Travelers would stop and rest in Borden’s Towne and then board the Borden Stage for Perth Amboy where they would make their ferry boat connections to New York.Most of the founding fathers of the new republic passed through Bordentown which had become a bustling city of colonial trade., member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence lived in this town.is a square mile enclave tucked onto the bluffs of the Delaware River approximately 45 miles upstream from Philadelphia.With New York 75 miles to the North, it is understandable that this small City became a colonial transportation hub.
The City started its existence in 1682 with a log cabin on the riverbank and the name Farnsworth Landing.
Settled by Thomas Farnsworth, an English Quaker, the town was a trading point in Colonial America.
His beautiful home is still standing, a treasure on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was used as British headquarters when the town was occupied during the Revolutionary War.
Francis’ son Joseph, author of our first national anthem, Hail Columbia, resided here as well., author of Common Sense, The Crisis Papers and The Rights of Man, through his friendship with revolutionary Colonel Joseph Kirkbride became enchanted with Bordentown and spent much time here.
In a letter written while in Europe after the American Revolution, Thomas Paine stated, “I’d rather see my horse Buttons eating the grass of Bordentown then all the pomp and show of Europe”.