Clara Barton

Clara Barton (HMOD5)

Location: Bordentown, NJ 08505 Burlington County
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N 40° 8.76', W 74° 42.321'

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Women's Heritage Trail

Clara Barton, best known as a Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, was significant in New Jersey history for beginning the first "free" public school in the state. Barton took a teaching position in Hightstown in 1851, at the urging of her friend and Hightstown resident, Mary Norton. While visiting nearby Bordentown, Barton was disturbed by the number of children she found in the streets because their families could not afford private school. Barton met with the local school committee and convinced them to let her try an experiment of educating the children with just six male students who were not attending private school in a free school in this charming red brick building on Crosswicks Street. It was so successful that by the end of the year attendance grew to 600 pupils. The town officials built a new public school, but replaced Barton as principal with a man. Feeling hurt and resentful, Barton left New Jersey for Washington, D.C.. where she founded the American Red Cross in 1881.

"Barton returned the Bordentown with an 'idea'. Why not fund a free school? It was a daring thought, daring enough to fire her spirit and throw her energy into high gear."
Excerpt from the historical biography Clara Barton: In the Service of Humanity, by David Henry Burton, 1995

The Clara Barton School is on the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail because of the spirit, dedication, and hard work of Clara Barton as the founder of the first Public School in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey's past and present.
HM NumberHMOD5
Year Placed2010
Placed ByDepartment of Community Affairs/New Jersey Historic Trust and Department of Environmental Protection/Historic Preservation Office
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 525097 N 4444003
Decimal Degrees40.14600000, -74.70535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 8.76', W 74° 42.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 8' 45.60" N, 74° 42' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 109-199 E Burlington St, Bordentown NJ 08505, US
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