Did you know?
What do you want to call it?
Some say it was "Hoops" in honor
of Major Hoops. Up until 1777 it had been called "Greenwich
on the Delaware." It then changed in honor of General
Mercer, who died at Princeton January 12, 1777. Major
Hoops had the north side of the Pequest laid out in
town lots and called it Mercer.
It has been told that Robert
Morris, financier of the Revolution and signer of
the Declaration of Independence, named the town as
The first settler of Belvidere
was Robert Patterson who built a double log cabin
on the property purchased from the Penn's.
General George Washington, two
aides and a Moravian Bishop Ettwien traveled thru
Belvidere on July 26, 10 AM, 1782 when they camped