Clara Barton Schoolhouse | Bordentown, New Jersey

January 28, 2022

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The Clara Barton Schoolhouse 

 

Bordentown is a lovely town on the Delaware River which was critical during the Revolutionary War

 

The Clara Barton Schoolhouse in Bordentown, New Jersey was one of the first public schools in the state.

 

Clara Barton is most famous as a Civil War nurse and as the founder of the American Red Cross

 

But before all that, she taught school. 

 

The original schoolhouse was built in 1839. 

 

According to the Bordentown Historical Society

 

When Clara Barton began teaching in 1852, the building was described as “dilapidated” and repairs were undertaken at that time. On the first day she taught, she began with only 6 students. After a year, there were 600 students, and by 1853, a new eight room schoolhouse had been built in Bordentown to accommodate them. Thereafter, the original schoolhouse was unused for many years and by 1919, it was in a deteriorated state. It was purchased for $300 at a Sheriff’s Sale by a community minded couple, Mr. and Mrs. George Swift, so that it could be preserved. In September of 1920, they sold it to the President of the State Board of Education for $1 “in trust for and [o]n behalf of the Schoolchildren of the State of New Jersey and to be forever preserved as a memorial of Clara Barton, deceased.” 

 


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Please read my post about historic The Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park. 

 

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Comments

  1. I found your post extremely interesting. I grew up about 15 minutes from Bordentown, NJ originally in Hamilton Township and then moved to Trenton. I never knew about the school or the history. Thanks

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  2. That is a beautifully restored schoolhouse! Emille

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  3. I love this!! I am so happy it was restored. Thank you for sharing history with us!

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  4. Making a trip to Jersey soon I hope and pinning your posts. Thank you for sharing.
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