Anniversary

Although he spent most of his life in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin made a few memorable visits to Burlington, just across the Delaware River.

Although he spent most of his life in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin made a few memorable visits to Burlington, just across the Delaware River.

Legend has it that when Franklin first reached town in 1723, a kind woman invited him for lemonade and gingerbread at 213 Wood Street, also known as the Revell House. Franklin later returned to Burlington to use its copperplate press—America’s first—to print New Jersey’s first Colonial paper currency.

On the 21st, to celebrate his 300th birthday, the South Jersey Tourism Corporation will sponsor events in Burlington, including Revell House tours and a dramatic reading, Poor William, about Franklin and his illegitimate son William, the last loyalist New Jersey governor.
For more information visit tourburlington.org.

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