William Borden Room

 This second-floor room includes antique four-poster twin-size beds, antique armoire and a combination shower-tub bath. 

William Borden Jr. was the first documented owner of the land on which this house was built.
William Borden Jr. (1731–1799), son of William Borden (1689-1749) and Alice Hull (1693-1730), was born February 6, 1731 in Tiverton, Rhode Island. He came to Carteret County with his family and settled on Harlowe Creek, where his father built a shipyard and sawmill. The first Quaker meeting was organized on August 1, 1733, at the home of William Borden. 

On July 3, 1754, William Borden Jr. married widow Comfort (Lovett) Small (1731-1809) of Carteret County. William Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and became prominent in town, county and colonial affairs. In 1765 records show that “a good Quaker” near Beaufort distilled turpentine and made other naval stores. He also continued the family shipbuilding business—becoming a leader of that industry in Carteret County. 

Spritsail Skiff 
Date unknown
Trees are blocking view of 
Belcher Fuller House.
Note cistern behind the skiff.
Courtesy ncmaritimehistory.org
William Borden Jr.'s Front Street home, the William Borden House circa 1768, originally a much smaller house only one-room deep, could have been built years earlier. According to research by historian Jean Kell, William Borden Jr. purchased lot #24 at the corner of Front and Orange Streets in 1768; this property was “next to lot #23 where my house now stands.”

Following the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Fifth Provincial Congress met in Halifax, North Carolina on November 12, 1776. William Borden, Jr. was selected as a delegate from Carteret County. During that season the Bill of Rights was adopted—December 15, 1776.