New Jersey October 28, 2016
The Oldest Town In New Jersey That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
New Jersey was one of the 13 original colonies, so you can be sure that we have a rich history. That history is evident in our oldest towns, including Jersey City, Morristown and Princeton. All three towns are worth a visit, but you already know that. If you’ve lived in New Jersey long enough, you’ve probably taken a field trip to at least one of these locales. We have another historic gem though, that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Burlington is a Philadelphia suburb with around 10,000 residents.
According to the town's website, Burlington was first founded in 1677 as part of West Jersey. However, there is archaeological evidence that suggests Swedish immigrants may have colonized the area decades earlier. There is a thriving historic district along High Street and the town offers many treasures from the past and present.
History buffs will delight in the over 3 dozen historic sites, including several unique record holders.
The old St. Mary's Episcopal Church is believed to be the oldest surviving church building in New Jersey. Built in 1703, it is definitively the oldest Episcopal church in the Garden State. Burlington is also home to the oldest continually operating library system in New Jersey and the 7th oldest in the United States. Another fun tidbit? 301 High Street houses the oldest continually operating pharmacy in New Jersey. The oldest building in the town is the Revell House, built in 1685. Benjamin Franklin likely visited this home, and wrote about it in his journal.
If you enjoy shopping and antiquing, Burlington has you covered.
For vintage treasures, head to Historic Burlington Antiques & Art Emporium. There are over 65 different vendors selling everything from furniture to military memorabilia. The 14,000 square foot building is in itself a gem. For modern finds, head to Burlington Center Mall with over a dozen remaining shops.
Burlington is also a diner's delight.
Curtin's Wharf, pictured, is open seasonally and offers incredible Delaware River Views. Fratelli's has the best Italian food and the Brickwall Tavern has an amazing atmosphere. Head to Doc's Pub for sporting events or Geraghty's Pub for epic burgers and an eclectic menu. Choosing a favorite restaurant in Burlington is difficult because each has its charms - there's truly something for everyone.
The town culture and community events make everyone feel welcome.
The people here are friendly - Ulysses S. Grant knew that when he decided to relocate his family to the town. Maybe it's the island views (Burlington Island) or abundance of charm that mellow people out. Either way, visit for free summer concerts or $10 ghost tours, going on right now.
What’s your favorite historic New Jersey town? For more of the Garden State’s oldest places, check out:
Here Are 16 Of The Oldest Towns In New Jersey… And They’re Loaded With History.