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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


Smith Cadbury will re-open in September
Have a great summer!
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.

For the latest, we are also posting on facebook.
 



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.

 

2014 Annual Meeting

On April 10th, Dr. Ilene Grossman-Bailey will give a presentation on her archaeological findings at Moorestown's Madeira I site, an area occupied by small bands of Native Americans over a period of years from about 5,000 years ago.  Dr. Bailey, a senior archaeologist for Richard Grubb & Associates was excavating the site for an archaeological survey that was required before construction could begin in the fields off of Marter Avenue and Main Street near Route 38.

Our meeting will be held at the Community House of Moorestown, 16 E Main Street at 7:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. 

 

 

2013 Historical Society of Moorestown Scholarship 

We are pleased to announce that Nicole Varela, of Moorestown, has been named the recipient of our first annual HSM scholarship. 

The award was given on June 11th as part of the Senior Awards Recognition night at Moorestown High School.  Ms. Varela, graduated with Highest Honors (4.25+ GPA), and was a recipient of the History Department Achievement Award.  She will continue her studies at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University in the fall.

The HSM $500 scholarship will be presented each year to the highest achieving history student at Moorestown High School, who plans to continue their studies in a related field. 

 

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, make a donation or attend the May 12th fundraiser, please go to www.PercheronPark.org

 

 


A brick walk leads the visitor to the rear patio which is 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, somer 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. Knowlegable speakers are ofton 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.

 

2013-2014 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee

President - Lenny Wagner

First Vice President-Ann Condon

Second V.P. -
Treasurer - Catherine Hartley
Recording Secretary - Lynne Brill
Corresponding Secretary - Jill Weiss

Membership Renewal: May 1, 2014- April 30, 2015

Please see 2012 Membership form link below under Items of InterestMembership is open to all who are interested.

 


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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 www.njconsumeraffairs.gov 

Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement.

 

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

Newsletters
    March 2014 Newsletter
click to download March 2014 Newsletter2014_Mar_HSMNL-C.pdf
Size = 2,376,116 Bytes (approx. 22 minute(s) to download by modem, and 40 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
  Last updated: Monday, Jun 16, 2014, 11:23AM by Sara Homer


    September 2013 Newsletter
click to download September 2013 Newsletter2013 Sep HSM_NL_092113C.pdf
Size = 2,711,140 Bytes (approx. 25 minute(s) to download by modem, and 46 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
  Last updated: Monday, Jun 16, 2014, 11:22AM by Sara Homer



Items of Interest
    HSM 2013 - 2014 Schedule
click to download HSM 2013 - 2014 ScheduleHSM 2013-2014 Calendar for website.doc
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  Last updated: Saturday, Sep 21, 2013, 7:31PM by Sara Homer
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.

    HSM Coffee Klatch fund raisers
The Historical Society of Moorestown has started a new, affordable, monthly opportunity to informally gather together over coffee. Are you a collector, hobbyist, tradesperson, or historian? Would you consider donating 1 hour of your time?

    SALE: Moorestown Old & New
click to download SALE: Moorestown Old & NewMoorestown_OldNew_Order_formB_09-09-12.pdf
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  Last updated: Sunday, Sep 09, 2012, 7:38PM by Sara Homer
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 lwagner559@comcast.net

    Glance at Moorestown History
click to download Glance at Moorestown HistoryA Glance at Moorestown History.pdf
Size = 426,068 Bytes (approx. 3 minute(s) to download by modem, and 8 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
  Last updated: Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, 6:34PM by Sara Homer


    Under the Old Hat - The purpose for the Historical Society of Moorestown
click to download Under the Old Hat - The purpose for the Historical Society of MoorestownUnder the Old Hat.pdf
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  Last updated: Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, 6:37PM by Sara Homer



Programs
    Treasure in the Barn - Harris Chest Exhibit
click to download Treasure in the Barn - Harris Chest ExhibitTreasure in the Barn brochure.pdf
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  Last updated: Sunday, Jan 27, 2013, 1:23PM by Sara Homer


 


Announcements

2013 -14 Historical Society Schedule
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  Last updated: Saturday, Sep 21, 2013, 10:03PM by Sara Homer
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Historical Society of Moorestown: Annual Meeting

Please join us at the Community House Thursday April 10th for a local archaeology talk by Dr. Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Senior Archeologist for Richard Grubb and Associates.  Her firm has been doing required survey excavations near Route 38 and Marter Avenue, having located and registered the Madiera I site.

Our meeting begins at 7:30.  Light Refreshments will be served after Dr. Grossman-Bailey speaks.

Parking is available behind the Community House - 16 E Main Street

contact email:
website: http://www.moorestown.com/history
  Last updated: Sunday, Mar 30, 2014, 9:56PM by Sara Homer
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HSM on facebook

For the latest and greatest, check us out on facebook. 

 

contact email:
website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/historicalsocietyofmoorestown
  Last updated: Sunday, Mar 30, 2014, 9:11PM by Sara Homer
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Membership Renewal - Historical Society of Moorestown

Our 2014-2015 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?

contact email:
website: http://www.moorestown.com/history
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  Last updated: Monday, Apr 14, 2014, 9:29AM by Sara Homer
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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?  

contact email:
website: http://www.moorestown.com/history/info.cfm?id=565&assoc=36
  Last updated: Sunday, Sep 09, 2012, 10:03PM by Sara Homer
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