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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 privately owned non-profit 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.

Dr. Jean R. Soderlund

2015 Annual Spring Meeting and Lecture

Come join us for our next meeting, April 9, at the Community House of Moorestown, 16 E Main Street at 7:30pm. Our featured speaker, Dr. Jean R. Soderlund, will discuss her latest book, Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn.

Dr. Soderlund's presentation will focus on the role of the Lenape in the shaping of early Delaware Valley Society and how the hallmarks of this society—commitment to personal freedom, religious liberty, peaceful resolution of conflict, and opposition to hierarchical government—began in the Delaware Valley not with Quaker ideals or the leadership of William Penn but with the Lenape Indians.

The meeting will take place on April 9th, 2015 at 7:30 in the Moorestown Community House, at 16 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ. For further information, call 856-235-0353 or contact Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.


George Wiltshire, Company E 1st New Jersey Infantry

Civil War Sesquicentennial Focus of New HSM Exhibit

In keeping with the national commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the Historical Society of Moorestown will present a  new exhibit scheduled to open in mid-October.  Moorestown during the Civil War will focus on the experiences of the men from Moorestown who fought in the war and also what life was like on the home front, during those turbulent times.


Joseph Hugg, decorated Navy surgeon

Most of the men from Moorestown were part of the 1st New Jersey Infantry, serving in the unit’s 4th Regiment (Company E).  Organized in 1861 in Trenton, the unit saw a great deal of action and most of the men served for the entire war.  During the battle of Gaines Mill in 1861, the men were captured and detained at the notorious Belle Island prison camp in Richmond, VA.  After being released as part of a prisoner exchange, they soon found themselves back in the fight.  In total, the Moorestown men participated in 32 different engagements. George Wiltshire, Clayton Hollingshead, Thomas Makin, William Snyder,  and Robert Roberts are some of the names listed among the men of Company E.

Not all Moorestonians fought with the NJ Infantry.  Joseph Hugg was a decorated Navy surgeon and his compelling story will be fully explored in the exhibit.


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 - Ann Condon

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, )

    December 2014 Newsletter
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    September 2014 Newsletter
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    June 2014 Newsletter
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    March 2014 Newsletter
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Items of Interest
    Oral History with Jim Laessle
click to download Oral History with Jim LaessleLaessle Oral History.doc
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    HSM 2014 - 2015 Schedule
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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
click to download SALE: Moorestown Old & NewMoorestown_OldNew_Order_formB_09-09-12.pdf
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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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  Last updated: Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, 6:34PM by HSM webmaster

    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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