• Closed due to Covid-19
  • Annual garden tour
  • summer pie and ice cream social
  • annual house tour
  • annual decoy lecture and exhibit, and visit with Santa Claus
  • exhibitions at the Bordentown annual Green Fair, Cranberry Festival, Riverfest and Bordentown Railroad Days
  • Free on-street parking
  • Wheelchair accessible site
  • Restrooms
  • Free

Bordentown Historical Society, Friends Meeting House Museum

302 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505


The Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse and Historical Society Museum is a single historic building in the center of Bordentown on a walkable, tree-lined street with 1800s townhouses, shops and restaurants. The site is nestled in the heart of a National Register listed Historic District with over 800 significant buildings, including the homes of Thomas Paine, Francis Hopkinson – a signer of the Declaration of Independence – and Revolutionary War spy Patience Lovell Wright. The District also boasts a schoolhouse established by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Additionally, three Underground Railroad routes passed through Bordentown with the Meetinghouse serving as a shelter for slaves on route to freedom. The museum contains artifacts owned by some of Bordentown’s most famous residents: furniture from King Joseph Bonaparte's Point Breeze Estate, a station sign from New Jersey’s first railroad, pastoral paintings from an early female artist, and the design for a Civil War steam ship built along the Bordentown waterfront.


  • Explore the 1740s Meetinghouse that has been preserved and restored throughout the centuries
  • Pick up a souvenir at the Historical Society Museum’s gift shop
  • Walk to any of the taverns, restaurants, or dessert shops in Historic Bordentown City
  • Explore the nearby Delaware River Heritage Trail with launching points for local and regional boating, hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Check out over 25 monuments, plaques, and interpretive signs in Bordentown listed on the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail and Delaware River Heritage Trail

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