Bordentown Township

by Meghan Shott | Dec 1, 2016
Bordentown Township Bordentown Township was created over 150 years ago on January 31, 1852, from parts of Chesterfield and Mansfield. The first governing body of the township included three committeemen who held meetings in a shed. When it was too cold outside, the meetings were moved indoors to a private home until 1903 when the first Township Hall was built on Cemetery Lane.

Since then, Bordentown has become an even better community to live, work and play in, with easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 130 and 206, and Interstate 195 and 295. There is also a River Line station in Bordentown that provides easy access to from Camden to Trenton.

Bordentown boasts four major parks for residents to enjoy: Northern Community Park, Joseph Lawrence Recreational Facility/Veterans Memorial Park, Charles Bossert Park and Terry Field. Organized sports leagues for residents of all ages are available, including basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and wrestling. Bordentown children can also participate in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the area.

Students living in Bordentown attend the schools of the Bordentown Regional School District, which include Clara Barton Elementary School, Peter Muschal School, MacFarland Intermediate School, Bordentown Regional Middle School and Bordentown Regional High School.

The Bordentown Performing Arts Center was built to bring local, regional and world-renowned cultural performances to the community. The facility hosts Mainstage Performances, Children’s Theater and a Summer Production each year. For more information on the Bordentown PAC, visit

The Bordentown Senior Citizens Club offers many activities for local seniors, including various classes and trips. This generous group also organizes Toys for Tots Drives, donates gifts to residents of The Clare Estate, and collects school supplies for local students, canned goods for the needy and international phone cards for soldiers.

Downtown Bordentown includes a business district with a rich history and charm. The town has beautiful and historically significant architecture that house many interesting shops and restaurants, according to Goods sold in shops include art, clothing, collectibles, gifts, furnishings, hardware, jewelry, and many other options. Restaurants in the area offer great food and drink options, with American, Italian and Japanese cuisine.

The Downtown Bordentown Association includes over 70 members with businesses in the city. Their mission is “to promote Bordentown City as a great place to live, work, dine, shop and have fun---all within a peaceful, historic setting.” The organization also holds annual events to bring locals and visitors to the area. The Annual Iris Festival, held each year in May, includes fine artists, antiques, jazz musicians, and the Iris Amateur Grower’s Competition. The Cranberry Festival, held every fall, features fine arts & crafts, a vintage vehicle show, and music and entertainment for everyone.

Each year Bordentown City arranges a Memorial Day Celebration and Bordentown Township organizes and host an annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Township Veterans Monument, which was erected and dedicated in 1997.

Bordentown’s Annual Holiday Chocolate Walk will be on Friday, December 2 from 6-9pm on Farnsworth Avenue. Participating businesses open their doors for a free evening of fun and chocolate treats while getting their $5 Chocolate Passport stamped for a chance to win prizes.

Bordentown Township’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday December 3 from 6-8pm at Municipal Drive.

Take your family on a horse-drawn carriage ride while viewing holiday decorations, listening to holiday music and smelling roasting chestnuts on Saturday, December 10 from 5-9pm or Sunday, December 11 from 4-7pm. Rides are $20 per person or $10 for children under 10. Reservations can be made by contacting Rebecca’s Vintage Boutique & Consignment Shop at 609-298-9422.

Finish your last minute shopping with wine and cheese at Shoppe 202 for the last Friday before Christmas Wine & Cheese event on December 23 from 6-8pm.

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Author: Meghan Shott


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