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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Collection Spotlight: Mt. Peace Cemetery Burial Ledger

October 23, 2017 Collection Spotlight Comments Off on Collection Spotlight: Mt. Peace Cemetery Burial Ledger

We continue with 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. Next up:

MT. PEACE CEMETERY BURIAL LEDGER

2004.011, Gift of Bryson Armstead

This ledger contains two decades of burial information for Mt. Peace Cemetery on the White Horse Turnpike in Lawnside, NJ. Covering 1937 to 1959, the ledger lists names, residences, burial dates, grave locations, and undertakers. It is part of a small collection of Mt. Peace records that were collected by Bryson Armstead during his work to document the long history and significance of the cemetery. The burial ledger has lost its cover and has water damage, but the information it contains is irreplaceable for family historians and other researchers.

The Historical Society compiled all of the burial data from the ledger and other cemetery records in the collection into a digital database to further improve access to this information.

The ledger is currently on loan to the Lawnside Historical Society for a special exhibit at Camden County Historical Society, opening soon!

New World War I Exhibit On Display November 5 – December 8

October 16, 2017 Events Comments Off on New World War I Exhibit On Display November 5 – December 8

Members of the Historical Society have begun work on a new exhibit telling the story of residents from Haddonfield and vicinity who served in World War I, as well as the story of life on the home front during the war years.

The exhibit will open on Sunday November 5 and continue through Friday December 8, 2017.

The exhibit will feature three World War I uniforms from the Society’s collections, as well as scrapbooks, photographs, newspapers, flyers and posters that were meant to motivate the folks at home. Stories and items from some of those who served highlight the impact of the war on participants and their families.

In order to make the exhibit more accessible to visitors, the exhibit will be located on the first floor of Greenfield Hall in our double parlors. The exhibit will be open during Greenfield Hall’s open hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 pm. In addition to those hours, we will be holding several special events during the exhibit:

Sunday November 5, 1-4 pm: “Sacrifice and Service”

On the opening day of the exhibit, we’ll be holding a special collaborative open house with our neighbors at the Indian King Tavern. At the Historical Society, view the opening of our new exhibit and make a replica of the gold medal presented by Haddonfield in 1919 to residents who served in World War I. At the Indian King Tavern, learn about the Revolutionary War and the role of the community in hosting the state Legislature. There, you will have the opportunity to make a Badge of Merit, the precursor to the Purple Heart that was designed by George Washington.

NEW: Saturday November 18, 1-4 pm: Honoring Our Veterans

We’ll be hosting special Saturday hours for the exhibit (and the rest of Greenfield Hall’s exhibits) the weekend after Veterans Day.

Saturday November 25, 1-4 pm: HMHS Alumni Exhibit Open House

We’ll be hosting special Saturday hours for the exhibit (and the rest of Greenfield Hall’s exhibits) the weekend after Thanksgiving during “Small Business Saturday.” Come learn why HMHS is a “memorial” school, and explore the collection materials on display.

Sunday December 3, 1-3 pm: First Sunday hours

Greenfield Hall will be open for our usual First Sunday hours from 1-3 pm. The World War I exhibit will close the following week, with the last tours available on Friday December 8.

Haunted Mansion Planned for Monday October 30

October 2, 2017 Events, tours Comments Off on Haunted Mansion Planned for Monday October 30

The Historical Society of Haddonfield’s annual Haunted Mansion at Greenfield Hall will be held on October 30 right after the town Halloween parade, approximately at 7 pm and continuing to 9 pm.

The cost is $3 for kids and $5 for adults, and tickets will be sold at the door.

For those who haven’t visited the Haunted Mansion before, we aim to make this event appropriate for elementary school aged kids, roughly second to fifth grades. We add seasonal decorations to the first floor of Greenfield Hall and offer lights-out spooky tours. Light refreshments are served in the back garden.

This year, we’ll also be offering spooky story time in the back garden for younger visitors who aren’t sure about taking the inside tour.

This year’s event is sponsored by Lisa Wolschina and Associates from Keller Williams Realty and Jason Barnes from Citizens Bank.

Tickets on Sale Now for Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours

October 2, 2017 Events, tours Comments Off on Tickets on Sale Now for Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours

Tickets are now on sale for Haunted Haddonfield walking tours led by local favorite William Meehan, Jr. during October. Don’t miss out! The tours will be held on the following dates:

Friday Oct. 20 – 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall
Saturday Oct. 21 – 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall
Friday Oct. 27 – 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall
Saturday Oct. 28 – 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. The tours benefit the Historical Society and the Haddonfield Public Library. The tour lasts about 60 minutes and starts at Greenfield Hall before winding past the cemetery and familiar homes in town.

Tickets may be purchased at the door as space allows (cash only) or purchased in advance at the Historical Society during open hours, at the Haddonfield Public Library, and at the Haddonfield Visitors Center.

Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a flashlight, and wear light/reflective clothing as a safety precaution.

Groups of 15 or more should contact the office. Occasional private tours may be available for a group rate.

Questions? Contact the Historical Society at 856-429-7375 or info@haddonfieldhistory.org.

 

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.

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GREENFIELD HALL

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
General questions:
info@haddonfieldhistory.org
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library@haddonfieldhistory.org

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