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Home of outstanding benefactor and promoter of Burlington’s historic significance.
Home of the first president of the United States.
Gen’l. Ulysses S. Grant’s family home during Civil War.
Luxurious carriage house for family horses and coaches.
The oldest Library in New Jersey*.

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Delia Biddle-Pugh House

130 W. Broad Street
Delia Biddle-Pugh was an outstanding member and benefactor of both the Burlington County Historical Society and the Friendly Institution, and an important figure in popularizing the historic significance of Burlington.

Boudinot-Bradford House

207 W. Broad Street
Elias Boudinot was a New Jersey delegate to, and then President of the Continental Congress when America gained its independence in 1783, and as such he signed the Treaty of Paris. He has been called the first President of the United States. He was the Chief Executive of America while Trenton was the capital, from November 1, 1781 to January 12, 1784. Boudinot was a U.S. Representative 1789–95, Supreme court lawyer, Director of the U.S. Mint, and founder of the American Bible Society. He was also a trustee of what is now Princeton University. He fought against slavery, for the rights of the American Indians, and for religious tolerance. His son-in-law was George Washington’s second Attorney General: William Bradford. Elias and William are buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard.

Ulysses S. Grant House

309 Wood Street
General Ulysses S. Grant brought Mrs. Grant and their children here in 1864 to avoid the physical conflict during the Civil War , and they lived here until the war’s end in 1865. Grant visited his family, amid great acclaim and celebration, prior to victories at Vicksburg and the Battles of the Wilderness.

On April 14, 1865, Grant and his wife twice declined President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s invitations to attend a play at Ford Theatre. Grant gave as his reason his promise to escort Mrs. Grant to Burlington to be with their children. That night, Lincoln was shot at the Theatre. Grant received the stunning news at midnight in Philadelphia, dining while awaiting a ferry to Camden to complete the final leg of his journey home. The General completed the trip with his wife, turned around, and dashed back to Philadelphia in time to catch a 6:00 am special train back to Washington.

Carriage House

23 Smith Lane
The Carriage House is a part of the nineteenth-century home of the Woolman family which was prominent in West Jersey business affairs. The Woolmans amassed a large fortune and were able to afford a luxurious home. The Carriage House was where the family horses and coaches were kept while not in use. This building is the City of Burlington Historical Society’s Headquarters. It is often open for views of its authentic interior stables and lofts during special Event days.

Library Company of Burlington

23 W. Union Street
In 1757 The Library Company of Burlington was chartered by King George II for founder Thomas Rodman and John Reading as chief officer. It is the oldest library in continuous operation in New Jersey, and has the distinction of being the seventh oldest in the United States.

Originally built 1789 as the first library building in the state, it was the first library in the U.S. to publish a catalog of books. The first patron was William Franklin, son of famous patriot Benjamin Franklin.

Originally, over 70 individuals promised to pay 10 shillings a year to maintain and increase the library. Today, the library continues its uninterrupted service to the public, with historical volumes as well as modern texts, fast worldwide web access workstations, and a new distance-learning facility.

Above: King George II signed the Charter under
which the Library still operates to this very day.
Left: Were boys any worse in 1869? One of the many
authentic documents dating as far back as 1521.

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Tours vary from 1 1/2 to 3 hours (2 to 3 miles), depending on pace and route. Tours may be modified. Special Interest Tours are listed in Ready, Set, Tour. Some sites have stairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Print our Map to Historic Sites to locate Sites by number. Call 609-386-0200 or 386-4773 to arrange a group tour guide, or request a free Tour Guide & Map Brochure showing all 44 sites with map.

 

 

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