Historic Building Facade Celebrated – More Work Ahead
Tuesday, July 14, 2016, Bordentown Historical Society celebrated the completion of facade restorations on its 1740 Friends Meetinghouse at 302 Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown City New Jersey with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The 1740 Friends Meetinghouse is a centerpiece in the historic downtown district of Bordentown City. Present were Catherine Goulet of the State of New Jersey Historic Trust representing the 1772 Foundation which provided matching funds for the project; Margaret Westfield, Architect; and Ted Nichols, Historic Restoration Contractor. Historical Society officials present were: Charles Pesce, President; Kathy Finch and Michael Skelly, Trustees.
The facade restoration returns the 1740 Bordentown City Friends Meetinghouse to its appearance as seen in an 1890 photograph. The photo features a view of the historic structure after a second story had been added by the religious Friends Society. The Friends Meeting membership had grown and added a second floor gallery to expand its space for religious meetings.
The faced restoration also protects the fragile brick and mortar from erosion and weather damage. This makes it possible for the pre-revolutionary structure to be passed on to present and future generations.
Bordentown Historical Society Members, donors and friends provided half the funds for the restoration project. These funds were matched by 1772 Foundation and administered by State of NJ Historic Trust staff.
The 1740 Meetinghouse helps tell the story of religious freedom and tolerance in America as it moved from a colony to a separate Nation. This is timely considering the current news. The 1740 Bordentown City Friends Meetinghouse now serves as Historical Society headquarters and Museum open to the public on special events days throughout the year.
The facade restoration is part of a professional plan to restore and preserve the 1740 Bordentown City Meetinghouse.
Michael Skelly, BHS Trustee, said “We have been very successful in getting matching grants that double the power of every dollar donated to the Historical Society. Unfortunately, we have almost run out of funds for restoration work this year. We can only go forward on the roof and other vital projects if we get help now. Your donations WILL make a difference this year and for the next generation.”
Donations can be sent to Bordentown Historical Society, P.O. Box 182, Bordentown, NJ 08505. For general information about the Bordentown Historical Society visit http://BordentownHistoricalSociety.org and https://www.facebook.com/groups/bordentownhistoricalsociety/?ref=br_rs