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Where New Jersey Changed from
a 'Colony' to a 'State' in 1777

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Built in 1750, the Indian King Tavern has been a central landmark in Haddonfield, New Jersey, for 255 years.

Haddonfield's Indian King Tavern is one of New Jersey's most historic buildings. Named for the local Lenape Indians, it is a premiere example of eighteenth-century colonial tavern architecture as well as the site where New Jersey was legally created.

In 1777, as clashing armies devastated Trenton, the Assembly reconvened in the Indian King to pass legislation officially creating an independent state and adopting its Great Seal. Legend has it that, throughout the 1780s, Dolley Payne -- who later became First Lady Dolley Madison -- was a frequent visitor.

In 1903 the facility became New Jersey's first State Historic Site. The museum, which annually hosts more than 4,000 visitors, celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2000.

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