• Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - noon, 1 - 4 pm
  • Sunday: 1- 4 pm
  • "Hands on History" programming throughout the year
  • guided tours (call ahead for schedule)

Indian King Tavern

233 Kings Highway East , Haddonfield, NJ 08033


The Indian King Tavern was built c. 1750 by a wealthy Philadelphia merchant and ship owner Matthias Aspden. From January 29 to March 18, 1777, and again in May and September, the New Jersey Colonial General Assembly met here on the second floor.

The Declaration of Independence was first officially read into the minutes of the New Jersey Assembly at the tavern. And it was here that the Assembly adopted the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey. When the Assembly next met again at the tavern, it enacted a law substituting the word "state" for "colony" in all commissions, writs and indictments. The Indian King was also the place where the Council of Safety, formed to examine those suspected of loyalist activities, was organized and first met in March 1777.


  • Take the "Innkeeper's Tour" of the tavern (Call ahead for schedule)

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