View From the Porch
The Historical Society of Moorestown has been a very busy place since the publication of our last newsletter. We’ve been so busy, in fact, that this “View From the Porch” article provides a good opportunity to recap, lest we forget all that’s been done.
On September 17th, we held our annual fund-raiser at the historic home of Karla and James Varrell. This year’s theme was “Mo’Town”. The event was well attended and the funds raised surpassed other events of its kind. A great time was had by all. We are very grateful to the Varrells for generously opening their home.
The fund-raiser was followed up by “Autumn in Moorestown Day” which was held on October 8th. The Smith-Cadbury Mansion was open for the day, and thanks to the efforts of Bill Archer, AKA the Towne Crier, a number of people toured the house.
On October 13th, we held our annual membership meeting at the Community House. Our guest speaker was Dr. Greg Lattanzi, of the New Jersey State Museum. Dr. Lattanzi made an excellent presentation on the archaeology of New Jersey, with a focus on the significance of archaeological discoveries in and around Moorestown. His presentation was a perfect lead in to the opening of our latest exhibit. “History Rocks! Interpreting the Archaeological Discoveries in Moorestown” opened to the public on Sunday, October 16th. The exhibit showcases and interprets a number of the pre-historic items discovered in the 2012 Madeira dig off of Oldershaw Ave. This material has been supplemented by a number of items discovered in Moorestown by our own resident archeologist Jack Cresson. Many of the items on display date back thousands of years B.C. to the Late Archaic – Early Woodland period. This fascinating exhibit will be up through June. If you have not had a chance to see the exhibit please visit soon. You will not be disappointed. Our thanks to Dr. Lattanzi and Jack Cresson for their assistance on this project.
The same weekend that the exhibit opened, our annual Ghost Tour program kicked off. Due to the popularity of the Ghost Tours, this year we expanded to three weekends in October, and once again the tours were a big hit. Thanks goes out to Julie Maravich, who is the chairperson of this event, as well as to all of the volunteers who helped out over the three weekends.
The Moorestown Business Association’s annual Candlelight Night was held on Friday, November 4th. The Smith-Cadbury Mansion was again host to a steady stream of visitors, who toured the house and took in the exhibit. Historical Society trustees Julie Maravich and Cathy Hartley, assisted the Percheron Park committee by acting as tour guides for the Percheron Horse rides around the center of town.
Our New Jersey History Speaker Series kicked off for the season on Wednesday, November 16th. The speaker was Dan Lieb, President of the New Jersey Historical Divers Association, who spoke about some of the mysteries that lie underneath the waters off the coast of New Jersey.
While all this was going on accessions, grant writing, research, and maintenance of the Smith-Cadbury Mansion, the steady day to day work of the Historical Society, churned along as usual. Finally, we would like to welcome everyone to join us on Friday, December 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for our annual Holiday Party and Volunteer Appreciation event.
Lenny Wagner, President
to view a color PDF of this December 2016 Newsletter click here.
Top right: Model of Smith-Cadbury Mansion, built by Bill Rose. Image shows north side of the house with the restored side porch.