Yesterday, two friends and I had dinner in Collingswood and then went to the Knights Collings House for Christmas Stories. I'm always looking for interesting ways to get people to visit historic houses and this is an excellent one.
The Collings house was built in 1824 by Edward Zane Collings, a descendant of one of the original settlers in the Newton Colony in the late 1600's.
Collings built the house for his widowed sister. His builder was John Ireland - a name I've seen in various inteeresting places such as the Ireland Smith cemetery in the woods at Estelle.
The house remained in the family to the middle of the 20th century when the newest owner Charles Chase, bequeathed it to the borough.
So gratifying when someone understands the need for preserving history and puts that good goal above personal profit.
Anyhow, at the house, a group of visitors sst in each room as members of a theater group read and told the classic Christmas stories and poems. It was heart warming and a wonderful way to visit and view an old house.