The Frelinghuysen Tavern

The Frelinghuysen Tavern (HM2XX)

Location: Bound Brook, NJ 08805 Somerset County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 33.696', W 74° 31.886'

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This tablet marks the site of The Frelinghuysen Tavern. Here Hendrick Harpending, a shoemaker from Holland, built his home circa 1720, which later became a tavern, owned by his son, Peter.

Soon after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, the townspeople assembled on the street in front of this tavern to hear it read by their neighbor, Hendrick Fisher of South Bound Brook, President of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey, member of the Committee of Safety and an "enemy of the crown," excluded from the General Amnesty offered the rebellious colonists earlier that year.

"Upon completion of the reading the crowd went wild with joy, carrying Fisher on their shoulders through the village, while the Presbyterian Church bell rang loud and long, cannons fired, and rousing toasts were drunk by the lusty Patriots gathered there."
HM NumberHM2XX
Year Placed1960
Placed ByThe Somerset County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 539667 N 4490197
Decimal Degrees40.56160000, -74.53143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 33.696', W 74° 31.886'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 33' 41.76" N, 74° 31' 53.16" W
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Area Code(s)732, 908, 848
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 238-298 County Rd 533, Bound Brook NJ 08805, US
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