Dedication Of Plaque Marking The Farmstead of John Hart, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Sponsored jointly by the New Jersey Societies, Sons of the Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution
Hopewell, New Jersey, June 14, 1959
Because of the prominence of John Hart in New Jersey history, the two societies have jointly erected this bronze tablet upon the site of the Signer’s farmstead, which he purchased January 10, 1742. The last remaining parcel of this farm consists of seven acres, now owned by Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Cleon E. Hammond, who for several years have been restoring the property.
The John Hart Farmstead, The Joint Committee of the Two Societies, Acknowledgements
Program, Dedication Ceremony
John Hart, Signer of the Declaration of Independence – sketch and chronology by Colonel Hammond
(Cleon E. Hammond is the author of “John Hart: The Biography of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence,” 1977)
Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Farmstead site of the Signer, who lived here 1742-1779. Without formal education, consulted by many, respected by all, “Honest John Hart” gave his property and his life for the cause of Liberty. Farmer, miller, Judge, Speaker of the First New Jersey Assembly, ever the prey of enemy patrols which sought his life and ravaged his property. Broken in health from privation and exposure, he died May 11, 1797, age about 69.
Guided to this roadless hillside by John Hart’s sons Jesse and Nathaniel, Washington’s army camped here June 23-24, 1778, before the Battle of Monmouth. The spring from which they drank flows nearby.
This marker jointly placed by the New Jersey Societies, Sons of the Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution 1959.