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Historical Society of Moorestown
Smith-Cadbury Mansion: headquarters / museum / gift shop
12 High Street, P.O. Box 477
Moorestown, NJ  08057

Phone (856): 235-0353

Hours: House museum tours and gift shop: Sundays 1 to 3 pm, and Tuesdays 2 to 3 pm except holidays.

Library: Tuesdays, 1 to 4 pm, and the second Sunday of each month, 1 to 3 pm, except holidays.
The Historical Society of Moorestown is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that preserves the history of Moorestown Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Tour Smith Cadbury Mansion or attend the Annual Spring Business meeting & Fall General Meeting (at the Moorestown Community House) for interesting programming. Membership includes a quarterly newsletter & numerous volunteer opportunities.

2015 Annual Fall Meeting and Lecture

All are invited to the Historical Society's General Meeting on October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Moorestown Community House at 16 E. Main St. Our speaker will be Patricia Chappine, Professor of History at Stockton State College and author of the newly released book New Jersey Women in World War II. Professor Chappine will discuss how New Jersey's women contributed to the state's social initiatives and militarized industries during the war.

She also will discuss how New Jersey's women contributed in combat as nurses and pilots. Her talk should illuminate the lives of many women who gave as much as their male comrades but are often overshadowed during commemorations that focus on the men of World War II.


2015 Ghost Tours

Fridays and Saturdays October 16-17 and October 23-24
7pm and 9pm: First come – first serve / no advance tickets
$15 for adults; $12 for Historical Society Members and seniors; $10 for students; Children 6 and under are free. Cash or checks only.

Meet at Smith Cadbury Mansion, 12 High Street (behind TD Bank on Main Street), for the start of each tour.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight.
To book a group tour, please contact Julie Maravich at 856-266-7607 or


Walter French

President Lenny Wagner Hits a Home Run

Congratulations to our president, Lenny Wagner. His article on Moorestown's Walter French, a former major league baseball player for the Philadelphia A's, was accepted for publication by The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Lenny's article details the life of French and French's days as a member of the Philadelphia A's. French rubbed shoulders with some of baseball's biggest legends. Connie Mack was French's manager during French's seasons with the A's, and French had a knack for hitting Walter Johnson, who is believed to be one of the hardest throwing pitchers of all time. Go to to read Lenny's article and learn about a special Moorestown resident who had more than a cup of coffee in the Big Leagues.


Did you know?

The horse is the State Animal of New Jersey (the Garden State) and appears on the state seal and flag.

There has been much planning and fundraising going on towards the construction of Percheron Park, a centrally located lot on the corner at Main and High Streets. In 2011, several members of the Moorestown Garden Club provided impetus for construction of said park when they presented a landscape plan to Town Council for their approval. 


Once a "brownfield", this township "pocket-park" will help us celebrate our agricultural heritage by commemorating the historic first shipment of Percheron horses from France to the USA in 1839 by Moorestown native and gentleman farmer Edward Harris II (1799-1863). Mr. Harris lived and farmed 12 High Street, what is now Smith Cadbury Mansion, our headquarters.

The Percheron Park Committee is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation formed to manage the fund-raising and construction of the park. To get involved or for more information, please visit



A brick walk leads the visitor to the rear patio, dedicated to the memory of May Borton.

History of the Society

By purchasing the very old Cadbury house in 1969, our founding members not only insured the preservation of the Smith-Cadbury Mansion (circa 1738), but laid the groundwork for the collecting of artifacts, furniture, oral histories and other ephemera of the community. As we have inherited the legacy of these dedicated men and women, we hope to pay tribute to their efforts by forging new friendships, by being good stewards of the property, by managing the archives and historical artifacts of Moorestown and by growing with the town as it expands.

We are a totally volunteer and not-for-profit 501-3 ( c ) organization.

The Society membership long ago established by-laws with a Board of Trustees, led by an Executive Committee. Financial support comes from membership dues, fund-raising activities, donations and grants. One large fundraiser and numerous mini-events take place each year.


Events include inviting speakers to our membership gatherings, exhibits in the mansion curated by members of the community about the community, historic home fundraisers, a contemporary gift shop, and annual school tours for all Third Graders.  Membership in the Historical Society offers many varied volunteer and donation opportunities for both new and long-time residents of the area. Members are welcomed and encouraged, but not required to volunteer.

Expansion of the Collections, a community resource, is made possible only through fundraising efforts and donations. Our library serves as a local repository for all things Moorestown where one will find family and house genealogies, local history, Quaker patterns of life, maps of the area, newspapers (old and new), school yearbooks, and city directories, for example. Local furniture, clocks, accessories, silhouettes, samplers and period clothing are on display, some of which rotate in and out of storage.

As volunteer time allows, semi-annual or annual exhibits are presented, sometimes resulting in publications for sale. Knowlegeable speakers are often invited to speak at the two meetings of the membership or at smaller, intimate gatherings such as our Coffee Klatches.


Standing Membership Committees

Members are invited to join our all-volunteer staff on the following committees: Docent/Hostess, House and Grounds, Activities/Special Events, Finance and Grants, Gift Shop, Textile/Costume, Library/Research, Acquisitions.

We welcome new members and appreciate the continued support of present members. We look forward to seeing you at Smith-Cadbury. The Trustees of the Historical Society are pleased to share the history of this important house and its surrounding town with future generations.

Let us know if there are friends or neighbors that might be interested in becoming a member of the Historical Society of Moorestown.

Contact our Membership Chair, Jill Weiss at (856) 235-0353.


Gift Shop

We stock a variety of lovely gifts such as fine jewelry, pottery, handmade baby gifts, note cards, framed original artwork, photo reproductions from the archives, cookbooks, aprons, blankets, local history material and seasonal items.

The shop is available whenever tours of the house are being offered.


2015-2016 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee

President - Lenny Wagner
First Vice President – Mickey DiCamillo
Second Vice President – Mary Berardi
Treasurer - Catherine Hartley
Recording Secretary - Lynne Brill
Corresponding Secretary - Jill Weiss

Membership Renewal: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

Please see Membership form link below under Items of InterestMembership is open to all who are interested.


Information filed with the Attorney General concerning this charitable organization and the percentage of contributions received by the charity during the last reporting period that were dedicated to the charitable purpose may be obtained from the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey by calling 973-504-6215 and is available on the internet at 

Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement.


Publications   (types avail: Newsletters, Items of Interest, Programs, )

    March 2015 Newsletter
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    December 2014 Newsletter
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    September 2014 Newsletter
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    June 2014 Newsletter
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  Last updated: Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014, 4:36PM by HSM webmaster

Items of Interest
    Business Membership Info & Dues
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  Last updated: Monday, Jun 22, 2015, 6:56PM by HSM webmaster

    Annual Membership Benefits & Dues
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    Oral History with Jim Laessle
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    HSM 2014 - 2015 Schedule
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  Last updated: Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014, 4:52PM by HSM webmaster
The Smith Cadbury Mansion has re-opened for docent-led tours, access to archives and gift shop. The Historical Society of Moorestown welcomes all. Please see our schedule attached.

    SALE: Moorestown Old & New
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Written by James C. Purdy, the above was originally published in 1886 and has since been re-published by the the Historical Society of Moorestown in 1976 and again in 2002. SALE: 2 copies $35 / 3 copies $50

    DVD_Our Sacred Honor: Moorestonians in Time of War
Inspired by the HSM 2007 exhibit, this film traces the town's residents who have fought and in some cases paid the ultimate price. Available in the Gift Shop or by contacting Lenny Wagner at

    Glance at Moorestown History
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    Under the Old Hat - The purpose for the Historical Society of Moorestown
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    Treasure in the Barn - Harris Chest Exhibit
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Membership Renewal - Historical Society of Moorestown

Our 2015-2016 Membership / Donation form is now available for download from our website.

Don't miss out on what is happening at Smith-Cadbury Mansion. Join us, won't you?

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Postcards of Moorestown, NJ

This virtual collection has been shared with the Historical Society by various members of the community, past and present.  These images do not represent what is in the collection of the Historical Society archives, so printing requests cannot be honored.  

Postcards are considered 'images in the public domain' or images no longer having a copyright.

Have any postcard images that you would like to share here?  

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  Last updated: Sunday, Sep 09, 2012, 10:03PM by HSM webmaster

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