Welcome to Bordentown Township
The Bordentown Township Economic Advisory Committee assists in the
development and maintenance of a positive business environment in the
township by addressing the economic needs of the township and advising
the Township Committee in actions to assist in opportunities for
economic development.
Bordentown History
The City of Bordentown 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.
  1. Joseph Borden’s Home
    Joseph Borden’s Home
    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 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.
  2. Francis Hopkinson’s Home
    Francis Hopkinson’s Home
    Francis Hopkinson, member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence lived in this town. 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.
  3. Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine, 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”.
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