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Bordentown Historical Society’s Friends Meeting House Re-Opening and Grand Opening of Joseph Bonaparte Exhibit

Bordentown, NJ (May 1, 2022):

The Bordentown Historical Society (“BHS”) is thrilled to announce the re-opening of the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Museum and grand opening of our unique and priceless, new Joseph Bonaparte exhibit. The launch of the exhibit marks the first public opening of the meetinghouse in more than two years. Noteworthy, guests will be hosted in the space following the most significant renovation inside the meetinghouse in more than 20 years. Starting May 1st, the meetinghouse will be open twice a month for visitation, in addition to special events throughout 2022 to educate the public on Joseph Bonaparte, the former King of Naples and Spain and, perhaps, Bordentown’s most famous one-time resident.


Like many organizations, the doors of the Friends Meetinghouse closed in March of 2020 with the onset of the Covid pandemic. Meanwhile, BHS pursued virtual and outdoor or off-site opportunities to bring Bordentown’s amazing history to the public. Now, two years later, the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Museum, the oldest Quaker meetinghouse in Burlington County still located on its original foundation, is re-opening with passion. Visitors to the space will notice a cleaned-up appearance and refinished floors funded through a grant from the Society of Colonial Wars of New Jersey, “We’re extremely excited to welcome guests into the meetinghouse and offer them a first -class experience,” noted BHS co-President, Dr. Steven Lederman.


It is fitting the first exhibit to grace the space will feature Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, the eldest brother of and advisor to, of course, Napoleon Bonaparte. Co-incident with the recent preservation of the former Point Breeze property once owned by Joseph Bonaparte in Bordentown, the BHS has assembled an exhibit and will present a series of events to explore this famous resident’s impact on America and Bordentown. Peter Tucci, Esq, a BHS Director and the world’s largest private collector of Joseph Bonaparte letters and memorabilia has been hands on with helping to assemble the exhibit and series. Experts will offer narratives on the furniture that came from the mansion on display at the Friends meetinghouse, an archaeologist’s perspective of life on the property, a review of artworks that were on display in Joseph’s mansions, and more. Additional details will be announced in the coming months. “Joseph Bonaparte was happy to open his land and share his resources with the people of Bordentown when he lived here. It’s fitting that spirit should live on there today,” said Tucci.


The Friends Meetinghouse Museum re-opening and grand opening of the Joseph Bonaparte Exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2022, 11am to 5pm, at 302 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Visitors are welcome to stop by to view the Bonaparte exhibit. “We are honored to have with us noted author, Patricia Tyson Stroud, who will be signing copies of her updated paperback version of her book, “The Man Who Had Been King,” stated co-President, Bonnie Goldman. Thereafter, the Meetinghouse is currently scheduled to be open on the first and third Saturdays monthly from May to December (check the BHS website for exact dates and times), or by appointment.


About the Bordentown Historical Society

The Bordentown Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, founded in 1930. The Society’s mission is to preserve, teach and inspire curiosity about Bordentown’s rich history. For more information please visit: www.BordentownHistoricalSociety.com.


Grand Re-Opening/Exhibit Launch: Sunday, May 1, 2022, 11am to 5pm.

Friends Meeting House, 302 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ 08505

The museum is scheduled to be open twice a month.

Please email us or check our website for more information.


Please direct questions to BordentownHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.

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