John Fitch Steamboat Museum

Newtown and Street Rds, Warminster, PA 18974 GET DIRECTIONS

John Fitch Steamboat Museum, Inc. is a non-profit organization in association with the Craven Hall Historical Society, Inc., whose mission was to establish a museum that would house exhibits depicting the adventuresome life of John Fitch and the steamboat that he invented. The museum now includes a six-foot long, steam operated model of the first steamboat service in the world that carried both passengers and freight.

That first commercial steamboat made three round trips on the Delaware River, each week, between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey, during the summer of 1790.  This commercial steamboat traveled at up to 8 miles per hour up the river, this being twice the speed of the first commercial steamboat of Robert Fulton, that traveled the Hudson River 17 years later.

 The museum is located on the grounds of Craven Hall, which are located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Street and Newtown Roads in Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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