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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Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill

November 30, 2016 Events Comments Off on Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill

talbots-storeThe Historical Society is holding a Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill.

Please join us Tuesday December 6 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Talbots, Towne Place at Garden State Park, 957 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ.

10% of proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

Hope to see you there!

We Need Your Support on #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on We Need Your Support on #GivingTuesday

giving_tuesday_logostacked1Celebrate the history of Haddonfield!

On Giving Tuesday, help us protect Haddonfield’s rich history for generations to come. Your donation will help us continue to share our area’s history with local students, preserve important artifacts and family papers, and care for Greenfield Hall and the Samuel Mickle House.

You can make a gift online using the PayPal link on the right side of this page, or mail a check to the Historical Society of Haddonfield, 343 Kings Kingway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Thank you in advance for your support! We’re so appreciative of all of our members, donors, volunteers, and others in the Haddonfield community who have backed us over the years.

“The Real Jersey Devil” Coming on November 16

November 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on “The Real Jersey Devil” Coming on November 16

brianregalThe Society’s next General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 16 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Brian Regal of Kean University will be presenting “The Real Jersey Devil.” The event is free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.

Due to anticipated interest, we’ll be gathering for this event only in the meeting room at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield.

What is or was the Jersey Devil? The actual thirteenth child of Mrs. Leeds, cursed by her to be the spawn of Satan after the burden of bearing twelve other children, or a silly backwoods superstition? Does it bear the features of bat and kangaroo, or is it more like a winged goat? Does it slaughter dogs and pigs and even its own mother, or is it a harmless tale told to add a thrill to Pinelands camping trips? What are the facts behind its birth and how has it lived so long, with sightings still occurring to this day?

According to Dr. Regal, the story of the Jersey Devil is far more important and interesting than the details of its appearance or its authenticity. “The problem is that everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong,” says Dr. Regal. “It is not about a spectral winged horse, demon, but rather the bare-knuckled political and religious upheavals and fights of colonial America. The real story of the Jersey Devil’s birth is far more interesting, complex, and important than anyone thinks. It is a product not of witchcraft, but innuendo, scandal, rumor mongering, and media hype. It illuminates a forgotten part of American history. “

Dr. Regal teaches the history of science, technology, and medicine at Kean University. His interests are wide-ranging, including how the fringe and mainstream in science interact. In 2013, he published Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads and Cryptozoology, exploring the lives of mainstream scientists who believed seemingly far-fetched creatures like the Sasquatch and Yeti were real animals, not simply the products of folklore or hoaxes. He has shared his research in venues ranging from academic journals to the History Channel series “True Monsters.” He has collaborated with Kean University colleague Dr. Frank Esposito on a new book, tentatively titled Satan’s Harbinger: The Real Story of the Jersey Devil, scheduled to be published this spring.

Hope to see you the 16th for this intriguing presentation!

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Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 1 to 4 PM and
1st Sunday of the month from 1 to 3PM

ARCHIVES CENTER / RESEARCH LIBRARY

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 9:30 to 11:30 AM and
1st Sunday of the month from 1 to 3 PM and
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Greenfield Hall and the Archives Center are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the 1st 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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