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Here in the Historic District you can see over 40 genuine historic sites in a 325-year old genuine colonial city dating to 1677. Includes National Registry of Historic Places District. Arrange Group Guided Walking Tours and walk-on Tour Bus Guides by arrangement. Take a self-paced Audiocassette Tour. Travel Pros! Call for 16-pg. Tour Planner. Families! Seniors! Request a Tour Guide Map listing over 40 sites with historical notes. Explore and enjoy!

And the Historic District is but a hub, surrounded by a countryside full of history. Scroll down and select from among dozens of other historic sites concentrated within mere miles of our City.

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Air Victory Museum
24,000 sq.ft. military aircraft and engine collection, replicas of the Wright Brothers and Spirit of St. Louis aircraft. (Available for functions)
68 Stacy Haines Rd.
Marlton NJ 08055
(609) 267-4488.

Beverly National Cemetery
Established in 1864 for those killed in the Civil War. 45,000 soldiers of all wars buried there.
916 Bridgeboro Rd.
Beverly, NJ 08010
(609) 877-5460
Fax: (609) 871-4691.

Bordentown Historical Society
Home of the first free public school in the U.S. Thomas Paine's home and memorial statue. Walking tours. Gilder House Museum. Call for hours.
302 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown, NJ 08505
(609) 298-1740

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Burlington County History Website
“Historic County of Burlington NJ”
This historical sketch-book presents various highlights of the extensive Burlington County past. Not intended as a full review, the website depicts a number of the significant events, traditions, and institutions contributing to the County’s three centuries. It may serve as an introduction to County history.

Burlington County Park at Smithville
This 250-acre park is the home of the historical Smithville Mansion and Village, with Art Shows and special events.
Eastampton, NJ 08060
(609) 265-5068

Cultural & Heritage Dept.
Summer concerts, two-day festival, art shows, literary seminars, and tours.
Smithville Rd. P.O. Box 6000
Eastampton NJ 08060
(609) 265-5068
Fax: (609) 265-5782.

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Historic Smithville Mansion
Docents tell of the rise and fall of H.B. Smith, inventor and entrepreneur, his extraordinary accomplishments clouded by personal controversy. In H.B. Smith's old schoolhouse Smithville History Exhibit, 20 photo/narrative panels depict major aspects of the mill village and its colorful founder. Tourists visit Smith's "casino" annex, including card room, billiard room and bowling alley, then passes the site of Smith's zoo, through the grape arbors and rose garden courtyards. See the restoration work done to the exterior of the Mansion complex and gardener's cottage.
Located on Smithville Road in Eastampton
3/4 mile off of Route 38, 2 miles east of Mount Holly
Early May through Late October
Wed. and Sun. 1, 2, & 3 PM
ADMISSION: Adults $5.00 | Seniors $4.00 | Student $3.00
Adults groups of 10 or more:  $4.00 each with reservation
Grade school groups (10 or more): $2.00 each with reservation
Tea & Tour
Noon, the last Wednesday of the month
By reservation only: $12.00/person
(609) 261-0472

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Rankokus Indian Reservation
Come to the Powhatan Renape Nation, an American Indian Nation on the Rankokus Indian Reservation. Provides social services for Native Americans in New Jersey, education about history, traditional ways, beliefs, traditions, and culture to enlighten all about the Powhatan Renape Nation's history through Events, Museum, and other activities. The American Indian Heritage Museum offers a unique, multifaceted look at Native American culture. View contemporary Native American artwork. Guided tours are geared specifically to the age of the visitors. Knowledgeable Native American staff provide detailed and fascinating explanations of our numerous exhibits, and about Native American history! Includes Art Gallery, Ancestral Village, and Gift Shop.
Please call (609) 261-4747 to make an appointment
Museum Open: Tues. & Thur. by appointment; Sat. 10am–3pm. No appointment necessary Saturday, however, please call during the week to confirm Saturday hours.
Rankokus Indian Reservation
PO Box 225
Rancocas, NJ 08073
(609) 261-4747

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Historic Prison Museum
Once the oldest U.S. prison in continuous use. 1810 structure built by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, to be virtually maintenance free. Thurs. - Sat. 10am - 4pm; Sun. 12 - 4pm
128 High St.
Mount Holly NJ 08060
(609) 265- 5858

John Woolman Memorial
Memorializes a 1700s Quaker leader and abolitionist. Open 4th weekend of each month.
Branch Street
Mount Holly NJ 08060
(609) 267-3226

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Peachfield Plantation
A historic restored house with gardens. Tours and teas by appointment.
180 Burrs Rd.
Mount Holly NJ 08060
(609) 267-6996

The Old School House
The oldest school house in NJ, built in 1756. School tours and programs available by appointment.
35 Brainerd St.
Mount Holly NJ 08060
(609) 267-6996

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Washington Crossing State Park
991 acres, visitor center, nature center, picnic area, picnic shelter, playground, historical programs, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails. Re-enactment of Washington’s crossing the Delaware is on Christmas Day.
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd. (Rt. 546)
Titusville NJ 08560
(609) 737-0623

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New Jersey Historical Commission
225 W. State St. P.O. Box 305
Trenton NJ 08625
(609) 292-6062
Fax: (609) 633-8168

New Jersey State Archives
Holdings date from 17th century to the present.
Open Tue. - Fri., 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
225 W. State Street 2nd Floor PO Box 307
Trenton NJ 08625-0307
(609) 292-6260
Fax: (609) 396-2454

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New Jersey State House
The second-oldest capitol in continuous use in the US. The Governor's wing dates from 1872. The legislative quarters have been restored to their turn-of-the-century splendor. Tour reservations required. Closed State holidays.
P.O. Box 068
125 West State Street
Trenton NJ 08625
(609) 633-2709

Old Barracks Museum
The only original French & Indian War Barracks still standing in the US. Also famous for its role in Washington’s victory over Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War. Site of the famous day-after-Christmas battle during the Revolutionary War (Battle of Trenton which is re-enacted Saturday after Christmas). Go back in time to the Revolutionary War at the Old Barracks Museum, where history comes alive as staffers don period dress to educate visitors about the Revolutionary War. Get a first-hand understanding of soldiers' lives as you get inducted into the Continental Army.
Barrack St
Trenton NJ 08608
(609) 396-1776

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The Contemporary Victorian Museum
This Italianate townhouse (circa 1840) features fine wood paneling, plaster ceiling cornices, a grand spiral staircase, and marble fireplaces. Open by appointment.
176 West State St.
Trenton NJ 08608
(609) 392-9727

Trenton Battle Monument
Site where Washington placed his artillery for the Battle of Trenton.
North Broad and North Warren Sts.
Trenton NJ 08608
(609) 737-0623

William Trent House
In 1719, Justice William Trent built this brick Queen Anne era house overlooking the Delaware River. Open daily for group tours 9:30am -12:00 noon,
for individuals 12:30pm - 4pm; other times by appointment. Closed major holidays.
15 Market St.
Trenton NJ 08611
(609) 989-3027

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BRISTOL, PENNSYLVANIA directly across the Delaware River

Grundy Museum
The 1834 Grundy home overlooks the Delaware River and is considered an excellent example of the decor and furnishings of a fine Victorian residence.
Open M–F 1–4pm; Sat 1–3pm; Closed Sat in Jul–Aug; Closed Sun. Groups of 5 or more need reservations. Free.
610 Radcliffe Street
Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: (215) 788-9432
Fax: (215) 788-0915

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Bristol Borough Business Association
With 318 years of history, Bristol Borough, once the industrial hub of this area as ship builders, automobile and aircraft manufacturers, as well as being a major textile manufacturing area, is on the cutting edge offering a professional theatre, multi-ice skating rink and upscale shops and museums. The pride in Bristol’s past can still be seen in the many ethnic festivals held each year, as well as second and third generation businesses. Four of the five wards in the borough are on the historic registry, with walking tours available for architecture - medical and nature.
131 Mill St.
Bristol, PA 19007
(1 mile south of Exit 29 PA Turnpike on Rte.13 / Intersection of Rtes. 413 & 13)
Phone: (215) 788-4288
Fax: (215) 785-5808

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Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation, Inc.
Non-profit, volunteer organization founded to preserve and promote the history and culture of 1681 riverfront town. Group tours available. Annual activities: guided walking tours, Historic Bristol Day (3rd Sat in Oct.), First Night Bristol (New Year’s Eve). Hours:
24 hr Answering Svc.
321 Cedar St.
P.O. Box 215
Bristol, PA 19007
Phone: (215) 781-9895

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Pennsbury Manor
Elegant reconstruction of William Penn's country Manor House estate beautifully situated on 43 acres along the Delaware River. Features Manor House with period furnishings, out buildings, livestock and gardens. Annual Fair Event presents live enactments, crafts, trades, food and more.
Open Tue. - Sat. 9am - 5pm; Sun. 12 - 5pm. Tours by appt. Adm. $
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA 19067
(215) 946-0400
Fax: (215) 295-2936

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