History of the Town of Haddonfield

The town of Haddonfield, one of the oldest communities in what was originally known as West Jersey, has taken on many different appearances and roles during its lifetime. Located geographically at a critical point, where the navigable portion of the Cooper River crosses the King’s Highway, which ran between the …

Greenfield Hall and Garden Rental Rates

Download Fee Schedule (PDF)   Event Size Limits Greenfield Hall – 50 persons – inside Greenfield Hall & Gardens – 100 persons – inside & outside   Fees Greenfield Hall (includes use of upper terrace) – 4 hours $750 Greenfield Hall & Garden – 4 hours $1,000 Garden Wedding Service …

New Children’s Book: Samuel N. Rhoads of Haddonfield, NJ

The Historical Society of Haddonfield is proud to announce the publication of a new children’s book: Samuel N. Rhoads of Haddonfield, NJ: Birds, Books and Big Adventures. Books will be available for $12 beginning on Monday April 18, 2016. We’re offering a special sale price of $10 per copy at …

Haddonfield Zoning Board Approves Plan for New Archives Center

Haddonfield’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a proposal by the Historical Society of Haddonfield to build a new Archives Center on the site of an existing garage on the Society’s property. The new two-story building was designed by Haddonfield resident Eduardo Guzman of DCM Architecture and Engineering, and reinterprets …

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Book Club and General Membership Meeting This Week

September 25, 2017 Events Comments Off on Book Club and General Membership Meeting This Week

The Historical Society has two great events scheduled for this week:

On Tuesday, September 26, at 7 pm, we’ll be hosting the next meeting of the Historical Society’s Book Club. We’ll be discussing Haddonfield resident and author Robert Strauss’ book, Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.

We’re delighted that Robert will be joining us for the conversation!

As always, all are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.

On Wednesday, September 27, at 7:30 pm, we’ll be holding our next General Membership Meeting with a presentation by archaeologist Wade P. Catts. Wade will be discussing recent archaeology findings at Fort Mercer in Red Bank Battlefield Park in Gloucester County.

This October will mark the 240th anniversary of the 1777 battle for Fort Mercer. Hessian troops, led by the urbane Colonel von Donop, camped in Haddonfield on the grounds of Greenfield Hall. And many know the heroic tale of Jonas Cattell, imprisoned in Haddonfield, who at first-light sped on foot to warn the American troops of the coming attack.

An independent historical archaeologist, Catts led the recently completed exploration of the Red Bank Battlefield Park. He has explored battlefields and encampments ranging from Princeton to Brandywine to Valley Forge to Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware’s lone Revolutionary War engagement that is the subject of an upcoming book by Catts.

The event will be free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Archaeologist Wade P. Catts

Both events will be held at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. And don’t worry: the new street-parking restrictions on Kings Highway East end at 3 pm, so you’re welcome to park right out front.

Collection Spotlight: Thread Winder

September 19, 2017 Collection Spotlight Comments Off on Collection Spotlight: Thread Winder

We continue with the next installment of our periodic spotlight of objects, documents, photographs and other items you can find in the collections of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. Thanks again to summer volunteer Britni Dellinger for helping to compile these features.

THREAD WINDER

1966.078, Gift of unknown (found in collection)

Thread winders are used to organize embroidery thread so that it does not tangle when stored. This one, found in the Society’s collections in 1966, is made of wood and has “Jerusalem” written in Hebrew on one side. Unfortunately, we do not know who owned the item, but one possibility is that it was a woman’s treasured souvenir from a trip abroad.

Parking Squeeze Near Historical Society

September 8, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Parking Squeeze Near Historical Society

If you’re planning to visit the Historical Society during business hours, please be aware that street parking during the day is currently VERY limited due to construction at neighboring Haddonfield Memorial High School. If you can carpool or walk to the Society, please do.

Kings Highway East and other surrounding streets will require parking permits until 3 pm starting Monday Sept. 11, 2017 through the end of January 2018, to allow space for teachers and staff to park on the street using temporary permits. Students will therefore be taking up whatever other street parking can be found beyond the perimeter of the permit-parking zone. You can see a map of the full permit zone here.

If you need to drive to the Society, you may be lucky enough to find a space right in front of Greenfield Hall, either in the designated three-hour parking spaces or in the handicapped space. We also offer several off-street parking spaces behind the Mickle House on Kings Lane:
– one space on the far side of the Society’s detached garage;
– two spaces on the apron of our detached garage; and
– three spaces across from our detached garage.

You can also search for public parking on Kings Highway East starting west of Evergreen Ave., and check the public parking lot behind Borough Hall (two blocks away).

Please give us a call if you’re having trouble finding a space and we will do our best to offer some assistance.

September Meeting To Feature Recent Archaeology at Fort Mercer

September 5, 2017 Events Comments Off on September Meeting To Feature Recent Archaeology at Fort Mercer

Our next general membership meeting will be held Wednesday September 27 at 7:30 pm, with a presentation by archaeologist Wade P. Catts. Wade will be discussing recent archaeology findings at Fort Mercer in Red Bank Battlefield Park in Gloucester County.

This October will mark the 240th anniversary of the 1777 battle for Fort Mercer. Hessian troops, led by the urbane Colonel von Donop, camped in Haddonfield on the grounds of Greenfield Hall. And many know the heroic tale of Jonas Cattell, imprisoned in Haddonfield, who at first-light sped on foot to warn the American troops of the coming attack.

An independent historical archaeologist, Catts led the recently completed exploration of the Red Bank Battlefield Park. He has explored battlefields and encampments ranging from Princeton to Brandywine to Valley Forge to Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware’s lone Revolutionary War engagement that is the subject of an upcoming book by Catts.

Please join us on September 27. The presentation promises to be an engaging tale of what brought our unwanted guests to town 240 years ago, as well as a testament to the daunting challenges in preserving and discovering anew the secrets of history that are hidden among us.

The event will be free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Society to Resume Public Hours after Labor Day

August 31, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Society to Resume Public Hours after Labor Day

As the summer winds down, the Historical Society is gearing up to reopen to the public after our annual August break. The Archives Center and Research Library will reopen for researchers Tuesday September 5 from 9:30-11:30 am, and resume its usual public hours from there. Greenfield Hall will reopen for tours on Wednesday September 6 from 1-4 pm, and continue its regular schedule after that. See you in September!

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm; first Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm; and by appointment.

ARCHIVES CENTER / RESEARCH LIBRARY

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am; first Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm; and by appointment.

Greenfield Hall and the Archives Center are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the first Sunday of the month.

We are closed in August, on major holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Contact Us:

Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.429.7375
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library@haddonfieldhistory.org

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