Walloons fled religious presecution in Belgium, and built the first recorded European settlement in New Jersey, circa. 1624, establishing a Burlington Island Trading Post to barter with indigenous Lenape People. In turns occupied by Dutch, Swedes and Finns, it was seized by the English in 1664. The Quakers left oppression in England, and settled in Burlington over 325 years ago. in 1677, the Friends made a peaceful purchase agreement with axes, knives, pots, red paint and etc. for the native American owners. As legislative member, Quaker Robert Stacey originated a bill: an Act of the general assembly adopted Sept. 26, 1682 granting the Island to the City of Burlington, that it's revenues might be employed.
"...for the encouragement of learning and the betterment of youth."
Thus was born of the oldest Educational Trust in the United States, The Board of Island Mangers, in continuous operation since 1682.