Haddonfield resident Samuel Nicholson Rhoads (1862-1952) was a noted naturalist, and he published many articles and books about the natural world. He began documenting his observations on birds found in the South Jersey area as a youth, and thousands of his collected birds, mammals, insects, and plant specimens are now part of the collections at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA.
Rhoads also was active in civic life in Haddonfield. He served as one of the founding members of the Historical Society and was a vocal spokesperson for the preservation of the Hopkins Pond area. His advocacy for the preservation of green and open space in Haddonfield laid the groundwork for subsequent efforts. He was also involved in the organization and production of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Haddonfield in 1911, as well as the construction of the Haddonfield Public Library/Historical Society building.
Rhoads donated his papers to the Historical Society, and the Society is currently working with students of the Nature Club of the Haddonfield Middle School to transcribe and digitize some of Rhoads’ field journals. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about that effort in April 2014.
To learn more about Rhoads’ work, you can find many of his books available as Google books. Here are links to a few specific titles, or click here to find even more Rhoads books available on Google.
- The 200th Anniversary of the Settlement of Haddonfield (1914)
- The Mammals of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (1903)
- Noxious or Beneficial? False Premises in Economic Zoology (1898)
- Synopis of the Polar Hares of North America (1896)
- The Hudsonian Chickadee and its allies (1893)
Updated October 2014