The lands incorporated in Ewing Township today have a long history, with earliest residents known as the Leni Lenape, migratory Indians that roamed the lands surrounding the Delaware. Ewing was settled in the late 1600s by the Europeans and was originally part of an area called Hopewell. When Trenton formed in 1719, Ewing became a part of Trenton Township, until its own incorporation as a separate entity in early 1834.
Our history is a rich one. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington crossed the Delaware and marched through Ewing lands down Bear Tavern Road to attack the Hessian mercenaries at their Trenton Barracks after crossing the Delaware on Christmas morning. His Victory Trail goes through the middle of the township and his crossing is celebrated still each Christmas day.
Remnants of Ewing’s early years still exist in the form of a number of historic homes scattered throughout the Township. Twenty-tree houses and locations currently comprise Ewing Township’s Historic Registry. Each has a rich history and original features of earlier building styles. They have been lovingly restored over the years by their various owners and now are protected through inclusion on the Historic Registry for future generations to appreciate.
The town’s historical preservation society was formed in 1972 to help preserve Ewing’s rich history and is headquartered at the Benjamin Temple House, now on Federal City Road. This farmhouse was moved from its original location when I-95 was built in the 1960s and was home to one of Ewing’s most prominent residents in the 19th century.
The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society encourage residents of Ewing Township to help preserve the history of Ewing through participation in the ETHPS; through work with the Ewing Township Historical Preservation Commission to place structures on the National, State, and Township registers of historic places; and through recognition of historical events and structures in the township. The map below is a work in progress and shows the locations of a number of the historic homes in town.