Historic Places in South Jersey

Historic Places in South Jersey - Places to Go and Things to Do

A discussion of things to do and paces to go, with the purpose of sharing, and encouraging exploration of South Jersey.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

December Holiday Tours 2010 (and what happened in October!)

Indian King Tavern - December 3rd, Friday night from 6:00 to 9:00 and Saturday 4th from 1:00 to 4:00.
Indian King Tavern is on Kings Hwy. in Haddonfield, check the address on the side bar.  It is a beautifully restored tavern where, during the Revolutionary War, New Jersey was declared a state and no longer a colony.  Taverns were the hub of society in the colonial period.

Gabriel Daveis (Colonial spelling by Gabriel himself) Open House November 21st, Dec. 5th from 1-4 and December 12th - you can contact jcalabrese@glotwp.com to confirm dates and times.
This tavern served the riverboat trade, the watermen, as well as the local folks and was built in 1750's on the Big Timber Creek.  It is located down 3rd Street, off the Black Horse Pike in Glendora.  There is a small yellow street sign at the turn off the pike.

James & Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield, National Park will hold the candlelight tours on Friday the 10th of December from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. and on the 11th from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
This is the site of the historic river battle where the British warship the August was set ablaze and where 300 brave Continental soldiers held the fort against 2000 Hessian Mercenaries in October of 1777.  It's a handsomely furnished and maintained house in a beautiful park overlooking the Delaware River.

My first blog responder gave us this date:  Barclay Farmstead will hold Holiday Open House on November 19th through 21st from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturfday and noon to 5 on Sunday.  In addition, there is open house on Sunday Dec. 5th from 1 - 4 and on Jan. 2, 2011, from 1-4.

If you go, let us know!

Now for what happened in historic house in October:
The Knight's Collings House on Collings Ave, in Collingswood, right on the corner of Knight's Park, held SHADES OF POE theatrical event Oct. 15 through 31st.  If you're wondering why I'm telling you about an even that has already passed, it is because if you find it interesting, you can remember it for next year.  This blog wasn't operating in October, so I couldn't let you know.  It is a wonderful presentation where six actors channel characters from Poe's works such as "The Raven."  Each room in the house has an actor giving the performance and the tour was guided by an actor in the guise of Edgar Allen Poe himself.  The house was built in 1825 and gives tours other times of the year. 

Camden County Historical Society Trolley Tour of Cam. Co. Historical Hot Spots followed by refreshments at Victor's Pub, October 24.  We took three open air trolleys to some of Camden County's little known and interesting historic sites including the Gabriel Daveis Tavern, Laurel Springs and the three mineral springs that used to bring luminaries such as Walt Whitman for the healing powers of the water, and his tomb (which you may think speaks ill of the powers of the waters to heal, but remember he lived a L O N G life, especially for those times!)  We visited Lawnside's historic African American spots such at the Peter Mott House, Dreamland Cafe' and Mount Peace and Mt. Pisgah cemeteries among many other places of interest.
During the refreshments at Victor's Pub, we were treated to a lecture on Twisted History.  Camden County Historical Society is located at 1900 Park Blvd. right behind Lady of Lourdes Hosp. (856)964-3333 and they have a very good website at 222.cchsnj.com.  Hoag Levins writes for them and he has a great column on historic cemeteries archived at that site.  I visited all the cemeteries he mentioned and it was worth it.

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