Friday, 20th of October 2017

Friday, 20th of October 2017

Sometimes referred to as "the Plymouth Rock of Burlington" this tablet, embedded in a boulder set inside a wrought-iron fence, overlooks the Delaware River in Burlington. The tablet, unveiled at a dedication ceremony on May 7, 1927, commemorates the mooring of the ship Shield on December 10, 1678 as well as the 250th anniversary of the founding of Burlington.

Settled in 1677 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from Yorkshire and London under The Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, Freeholders and Inhabitants of West Jersey in America, Burlington is located in Burlington County, one of the two original counties in West Jersey.

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TO COMMEMORATE
THE FOUNDING OF BURLINGTON
IN 1677 AND THE
MOORING OF THE SHIP "SHIELD"
NEAR THIS SPOT IN 1678

THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF
COLONIAL WARS IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
ON THE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH
ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING 1927

The Shield was the first ship to navigate the Delaware River from the Atlantic Ocean to Burlington. Eventually, all vessels coming to West Jersey were required to enter at the Port of Burlington, setting the stage for its emergence as the third largest port in the New World.