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The Lily Inn History

The first recorded settlement in New Jersey was established by the Walloons of Belgium on Burlington Island in the Delaware River. The land was then purchased by a group of British Quakers for 1,000 pounds in 1674 and became an active settlement in 1677.

Burlington was an extremely popular port and was promoted as a fine market town that engaged in trade with the West Indies. It is said that William Penn planned Philadelphia as a model of Burlington, Philadelphia being founded in 1681.

The City of Burlington is home to many prominent Americans: Elias Boudinot, president of the Continental Congress at the time that America gained its independence in 1783; Susan Boudinot Bradford, wife of William Bradford, the first Attorney General of the United States under George Washington; Captain James Lawrence, best known for his service during the War of 1812, and the motto "Don’t give up the Ship" now used by the Unites States Navy.

Ben Franklin, Isaac Collins, Ulysses S. Grant, and many other prominent Americans, lived and walked our streets. Enjoy all these sites and many more through walking tours offered by the Burlingon County Historical Society or The City of Burlington.