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Exit 7
Bordentown Twp

Home of one of the biggest truck stops in the US.

  1. The first inhabitant of Hammonton was William Coffin, who ran a saw mill owned by John Coates. Eventually Coffin bought out Coates, and then partnered with Johnathan Haines to build a glass factory. The town got its name from one of Coffin’s sons, John Hammond Coffin.
  2. Hammonton held its first blueberry festival in 1953. The town is known as the Blueberry Capital of the World, and was even recognized as such by Ronald Reagan in a speech he gave there on September 19, 1984.
  3. Fort Dix, constructed in June-July 1917, was named after Major General John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Civil War. In addition to being a soldier, Dix also served as a United States Senator, Secretary of the Treasury, Minister to France, and Governor of New York.
  4. During the Vietnam War, Fort Dix was home to a mock Vietnamese village, where soldiers could get specific training prior to being sent overseas.
  5. Joseph Bonaparte, older brother of Napoleon and once King of Spain, lived in voluntary exile in Bordentown from 1816-1839 under the assumed name Count de Survilliers.


Seeing as Exit 7A is considered the exit for Trenton. I would like you to consider a beer that has something to do with Trenton's one and only, Champale. It's considered a malt liquor so you're well on your way already.

submitted for Exit 7 (Bordentown Twp) by StusBrews
August 25th, 2015 1:53 AM

Exit 7A deserves its own beer! As the gateway to the State capital, Trenton, and in honor of a unique Trenton food - please consider a Pork Roll Breakfast Stout!!

submitted for Exit 7 (Bordentown Twp) by Gww1864
August 15th, 2015 3:32 PM

The style of beer could be any Colonial, British Ale or a Hop Bomb. After you read you will understand why. If you want more information on the Battle of the Kegs Google search Battle of the Kegs Bordentown. I learned about this from my 3rd grade teacher many years ago. This description comes from http://www.livingplaces.com/NJ/Burlington_County/Bordentown_City/Bordentown_Historic_District.html

One of the most interesting episodes of the Revolution along the Delaware originated in Bordentown. This was the Battle of the Kegs. Eager to dislodge the British from Philadelphia, several Bordentonians designed mines to float down the river. These mines, launched at Bordentown, were actually kegs made at a local cooper shop, and loaded with gunpowder. A Bordentown gunsmith devised and installed a contact trigger mechanism on the mines.

Militarily, the Battle of the Kegs was an American failure. Because of heavy ice in the river, most of the British ships were tied up at the docks rather than lying at anchor in the flow. Consequently, the mines floated harmlessly by.

Nonetheless, the Battle of the Kegs buoyed American spirits at a time when they were low. As the kegs drifted toward Philadelphia a British barge crew tried to fish one out of the water. The keg exploded, killing four members of the crew. The jittery British commander in Philadelphia feared that the kegs were a prelude to an American assault on Philadelphia. He ordered his men to fire at anything moving on the river. And there they were, in the dark, ridiculously firing away at not only the kegs, but also logs and chunks of ice. Francis Hopkinson wrote a satirical poem about the "Battle." This poem was widely circulated. Feel free to contact me if you want any more information

submitted for Exit 7 (Bordentown Twp) by Jcslocum
October 24th, 2014 7:25 PM

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