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 …

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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Next Book Club Selection: Alexander Hamilton

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Alexander Hamilton coverPlan your summer reading now, and mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Historical Society’s Book Club on Tuesday, September 13, at 7 pm in Greenfield Hall.

We’ll be discussing Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow.

According to historian Joseph Ellis, the biography is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.” It also served as inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”

If you can’t make it for this discussion, save the date for the next selection. All are welcome!

Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm – Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States, by Bill Bryson

Closed Monday for Memorial Day

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We will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

May 25th, 7:30 PM: General Meeting & Presentation

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Still FamilySamuel Still will present, Legacy of an American Family: The Still Family in South Jersey.

Samuel Still wants people to know that the history of the Still family is an American success story. Its first ancestors arrived in America in the 1600’s, and the family went on to establish itself in the new nation, most prominently in South Jersey. From humble beginnings, the Stills have produced notable figures in the arts, medicine, religion, academics, social justice, athletics and other fields.

What is remarkable, though sadly not unique, about the Still family are the odds they had to overcome to achieve this success. That first ancestor was brought here in indentured servitude. Progenitors Charity and Levin Still (third great grandparents to Samuel) had to escape slavery in order to establish their lives in New Jersey, and leave some of their children behind, one of whom died as the result of a whipping while in captivity. Even when they found freedom in their new home, the world around them was not always welcoming because of their color.

Charity and Levin’s son, James, wanted to become a doctor but “was not the right color to enter where such knowledge was dispensed.” He became a self-taught herbalist and known as the “Black Doctor of the Pines.” His son would go on to Harvard Medical School and a niece would become a pioneering female doctor. His younger brother, abolitionist William Still, authored The Underground Railroad, an invaluable set of first hand tales of those escaping from slavery. Not simply a recorder, he enabled the operations of the Underground Railroad throughout the area, including Haddonfield. Other accomplished Still relations include the composer William Grant Still and Pro Bowl football player Art Still. Please join us on May 25th to hear more about this incredible family.

Samuel Still currently serves as Chairman of the Dr. James Still Historical Office and Educational Center in Medford, NJ.

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GREENFIELD HALL

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 1 to 4 PM AND
The 1st Sunday of the Month from 1 to 3PM

ARCHIVES CENTER / RESEARCH LIBRARY

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am
The 1st Sunday of the Month from 1-3 pm
And by appointment.

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

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