Burlington County Historical Society

Burlington County Historical Society BCHS will be an interactive history museum where children and families have fun learning about the history of Burlington County!
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Operating as usual

11/29/2020

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesday—whether it is helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts.
Here are other ways to give:
- Share kindness with your neighbors.
- Volunteer virtually or share your talents
- Give your voice to a cause that matters to you
- Discover a local fundraiser, community drive or coordinated event to join others in your area or with your same interests in giving back -- they need your help.
- Give to your favorite cause or a fundraiser to help those in need.
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11/28/2020

BCHS has been serving our community in the preservation and interpretation of history since 1915. We are now poised to take this passion for history to future generations with the Children's History Center. Help celebrate our community this #GivingTuesday!

Today is Black Friday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that will take...
11/27/2020

Today is Black Friday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on December 1, 2020.

Imagine a destination museum sparking curiosity about the past and inspiring visitors to develop the insights, skills, and connections to strengthen families and communities!

Consider a donation to the Children’s History Center at the Burlington County Historical Society this #GivingTuesday!

Did you know that Brick's Mince Meat factory was located in Crosswicks! it opened in 1874. Here is a label from some of ...
11/27/2020

Did you know that Brick's Mince Meat factory was located in Crosswicks! it opened in 1874. Here is a label from some of their mince meat! Sadly it no longer exists and the building was torn down within the last two years. #Thanksgiving #MinceMeat #BurlingtonCounty

11/26/2020
11/25/2020

Today we are busy cooking in the kitchen making a recipe from 1770! #CuratorCooking #Thanksgiving #ApplePudding #BurlingtonCounty #ColonialCooking #recipes

Thanksgiving is a time when people pull out family recipes! Here are some recipes from our archive collection!  #Thanksg...
11/24/2020

Thanksgiving is a time when people pull out family recipes! Here are some recipes from our archive collection! #Thanksgiving #BurlingtonCounty #Mashepotatoes #PumpkinPie #Cooking #Recipes #ColonialCooking

Thanksgiving is this week! We are going to dedicate this week to cooking! Today we have some cooking utensils from our c...
11/23/2020

Thanksgiving is this week! We are going to dedicate this week to cooking! Today we have some cooking utensils from our collection. We have a pudding mold, a butter mold, two types of potato mashers, an eggbeater, a pie crust crimper, and a grater! Do you have a kitchen utensil that has been passed down through the generations? #Thanksgiving #BurlingtonCounty #Mashepotatoes #Eggbeater #Cooking

No tavern visit would be complete without a pint! From our collection we have a pair of pewter tavern measures! #Taverns...
11/20/2020

No tavern visit would be complete without a pint! From our collection we have a pair of pewter tavern measures! #Taverns #Burlington #BurlingtonCounty #Ale

11/19/2020

We are #OntheRoad again featuring the White Horse Inn in Chatsworth! #Chatsworth #WoodlandTownship #Burlington #BurlingtonCounty #Trains #TheSopranos #Taverns #Inns #CranberryFestivalCommittee

From the photo collection we also have some historic inns from the county! Click on the image for more info! #Taverns #B...
11/18/2020

From the photo collection we also have some historic inns from the county! Click on the image for more info! #Taverns #Burlington #BurlingtonCounty #Inns #Pemberton #Columbus

Today we are going to highlight some taverns in Burlington County! #Taverns #Burlington #BurlingtonCounty #Inns #Bordent...
11/17/2020

Today we are going to highlight some taverns in Burlington County! #Taverns #Burlington #BurlingtonCounty #Inns #Bordentown #Meford #Marlton

11/16/2020
On the Road

This week we will be featuring Taverns of Burlington County! Today we are in Crosswicks in Chesterfield Township to discuss a very historic tavern! #Crosswicks #CrosswicksCreek #ChesterfieldTownship #BurlingtonCounty #Taverns #Ale #RevolutionaryWar #OntheRoad

To end our celebration of Veteran's Day this week, we are featuring the collection of our friend Capt. Charlie Breingan....
11/13/2020

To end our celebration of Veteran's Day this week, we are featuring the collection of our friend Capt. Charlie Breingan. Charlie was a pilot in the Army Air Corps in China in 1944/45. He served in the 14th U.S. Army Air Force under the command of Claire Chenault. Pictured is his officer's dress coat and cap, his collection of medals (including WWII Victory Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal), and a photo of Charlie (on the right) with his flight surgeon. #thankyouforyourservice #WorldWarII #armyaircorps #burlingtoncountynjhistory #HomeTownHeroes

11/12/2020

Today we will take a look at WWI in Burlington City! #OntheRoad #VeteransDay #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonCountyNJ #NewJersey #History #WWI #DoughBoys

Thank you to all our Veterans! To end Veterans Day, we have a photo from our collection. It is a picture of the “Survivo...
11/11/2020

Thank you to all our Veterans! To end Veterans Day, we have a photo from our collection. It is a picture of the “Survivors of the 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on the ground they held during Pickett’s Assault at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3rd, 1863.” This picture was taken on May 26th, 1886. #VeteransDay #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonCountyNJ #NewJersey #History #OntheRoad #CivilWar

11/11/2020

For Veterans Day we are visiting a National Cemetery right in Burlington’s back yard! Thank you to all our Veterans! #VeteransDay #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonCountyNJ #NewJersey #History #OntheRoad #CivilWar #beverlynationalcemetary #njcivilwar

11/10/2020

We have a special video for Curator’s Corner! #DontGiveUpTheShip #Warof1812 #VeteransDay #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonCountyNJ #NewJersey #History #CapitanLawrence #CuratorsCorner

This week we will be celebrating our Veterans! Today we have a book from our library. It’s the “Official Register of the...
11/09/2020

This week we will be celebrating our Veterans! Today we have a book from our library. It’s the “Official Register of the Officer’s and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War.” It was compiled by William Striker in 1872. We reference this book a lot in genealogy research, especially for the DAR! #BurlingtonNJ #BurlingtonCounty #VerteransDay #Genealogy #RevolutionaryWar

11/06/2020

#OntheRoad in Bordentown to talk about a very important locomotive! #Bordentown #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonCountyNJ #Trains #Railroad #NJRailroad #JohnBullEngine

The first photo is the Pennsylvania Railroad in Bordentown around 1888. The second photo is a Pennsylvania Railroad brid...
11/05/2020

The first photo is the Pennsylvania Railroad in Bordentown around 1888. The second photo is a Pennsylvania Railroad bridge in Bordentown in 1885. The third photo is a toy train setup at Christmas! #Railroads #BurlingtonCountyNJ #BurlingtonCounty #Trains #Bordentown #ToyTrains #PennsylvaniaRailroad

11/04/2020

We are #OntheRoad again in Pemberton with a special guest to talk about Railroads! #Pemberton #NewJersey #BurlingtonCounty #Burlington #Trains #Railroads

Today is election day! From our collection we have something special; it is a ballot box filled with cast ballots for an...
11/03/2020

Today is election day! From our collection we have something special; it is a ballot box filled with cast ballots for an election in Burlington Township in 1863. This election also took place on November 3rd! It was to elect a county Sheriff, County Clerk, Assembly in the 2nd District, and Coroners. There are pre-filled tickets for the Democratic and Union parties, as well as handwritten tickets. Also included are the names of voters in the county! Now go out and #Vote! #BurlingtonCountyNJ #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonTownship #Election

This week we are celebrating Trains! From the archives we have a railroad map from a 1887-1888 business directory of Bur...
11/02/2020

This week we are celebrating Trains! From the archives we have a railroad map from a 1887-1888 business directory of Burlington County. The map goes all the way to Colorado. There are also some train tickets from the early 1900s. #Railroads #BurlingtonCountyNJ #BurlingtonCounty #Trains #Maps

Happy Halloween from BCHS!
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from BCHS!

10/30/2020

On the Road to tell the tale of a famous New Jersey Legend! #LeedsPoint #LeedspointNJ #JerseyDevil #NewJersey

Can you guess what this wreath is made from? If you said human hair you are correct. This wreath is made of hair from me...
10/29/2020

Can you guess what this wreath is made from? If you said human hair you are correct. This wreath is made of hair from members of the Lippincott family. During the Victorian era, crafting jewelry and other ornaments from human hair was very popular. Some items were created as a token for a departed loved one. Other items contained hair from multiple family members, like this wreath, and were crafted to celebrate and remember the family almost like a family tree. This work was typically done by middleclass women. It was popular in Europe and then became very popular in the United States during the Civil War. Wreaths like this one would decorate parlors and jewelry made from hair would be worn. As fashion changed, this creative fad died out. You can see many examples of Victorian hair art, like this wreath, online! #Victorians #WeirdNJ #Hair #HairWreath

10/28/2020

We are #OntheRoad again to tell a whale of a tale! #BurlingtonCity #BlackBeard #Pirates

These tools are from the 1860s and were specifically used for bloodletting. Bloodletting is when a physician would open ...
10/27/2020

These tools are from the 1860s and were specifically used for bloodletting. Bloodletting is when a physician would open a vein with a lancet or sharp object, such as these tools, to let blood out. Sometimes leeches would be used instead of a sharp tool. Bloodletting was thought to let out access blood because that was the cause of the patient’s illness. The practice began in ancient Egypt and spread throughout the ancient world and to Europe. In 1799 George Washington was ill and asked to be bled. His physicians drained about 7 pints of blood in 16 hours. Washington did not survive, and it is debated as to whether the loss of blood was the cause of his death. Luckily, medical practices have improved over time and bloodletting is no longer used.

This week we are going to explore the weird, unusual, and maybe even scary. To start we are going to highlight a small p...
10/26/2020

This week we are going to explore the weird, unusual, and maybe even scary. To start we are going to highlight a small pamphlet that we have in our collection that tells of the murder of Lizzie Peak by her lover Wesley Warner in 1897 Mount Holly. The pamphlet describes the events that lead up to the murder and after, and lists all the persons involved with the case.

10/23/2020

We are on the road in Bordentown today to talk about a royal estate! @BordentownCityGreenTeam #Bordentown #HistoricHouses #BurlingtonCounty #BurlingtonCountyNJ #JosephBonaparte #DivineWordSeminary #BordentownCityGreenTeam
#monmouthuniversity

10/22/2020

We are #OntheRoad again in #BurlingtonCity with another great historic house! But, what makes a house historic? #HistoricHouses #BurlingtonCountyNJ #BurlingtonCounty

These are objects that were donated to BCHS to come from some famous historic houses. #HistoricHouses #BurlingtonCountyN...
10/21/2020

These are objects that were donated to BCHS to come from some famous historic houses. #HistoricHouses #BurlingtonCountyNJ #BurlingtonCounty #AbrahamLincoln

Today we are showcasing several historic houses from the county that were photographed and documented by N.R. Ewan in th...
10/20/2020

Today we are showcasing several historic houses from the county that were photographed and documented by N.R. Ewan in the 1940s. #HistoricHouses #BurlingtonCounty #burlingtoncountynj #Ewan #Photography

10/19/2020
On the Road: Historic House Week

This week we will be taking a look at historic houses! Our first one is in
Willingboro Township! #Willingboro #Futurohouses #HistoricHouses #BurlingtonCountyNJ #BurlingtonCounty

Address

457 High St
Burlington, NJ
08016

New Jersey Transit RiveLine to Burlington Town Centre

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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(609) 386-4773

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Made in Burlington!
Can you tell me if you have old street directories for Burlington County? (dating in the early 1800's).
I have my ex-father-in-laws' military papers and I do not known what to do with them. His children and grandchildren do not want them. I hate to just throw them out. Any suggestions? After 25 years in the Army and another 10 teaching soldiers, this man should be respected for his duty. I also have some pictures of him. In case it matters, we are in New Jersey. Any help would be great. Thanks.
What's blooming in your yard? Well, if you want to check out some amazing hidden garden gems in Bordentown, get your Garden Tour tickets now! Purchase tickets here https://bordentownhistory.org/Event_Calendar/event_calendar.html
FREE lecture at the Shipman Mansion at the Red Dragon Canoe Club! Tours of the recently renovated Mansion starting at 6:00 PM. Lecture begins at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served. All are invited. Learn about the fascinating history of shipyards along the Delaware River! https://www.facebook.com/events/557645124727729/
400 year's of Lumberton's Maritime Heritage "Comes Alive" w a one hour "micro-history" voyage into Lumberton's unique past. Cretaceous-Dinosuars like the Mossaurs swam among incisonal marl creek banks that line today's Creek. Then along came Man. Lumbering, Agriculture, Mill's, Mining, the old "Navy Yard",Leisure all have worked the Creek. This vibrant, dynamic presentation showcases Lumberton's anchors to the South Branch Rancocas Creek Water Trail's. Contact Elaine at Lumberton Historical Society for further information. www.lumbertonnjhistoricalsociety.com
Don’t miss the last lecture of the fall series at the Shipman Mansion at the Red Dragon Canoe Club. FREE and OPEN TO ALL! https://www.facebook.com/events/573501086432373/
The Bordentown Historical Society of NJ needs your help! If you or someone you know attended School No. 2 or the Manual Training & Industrial School in Bordentown - please have them reach out to us! Please contact Leah at [email protected] or 609-937-1572.
Auction Monday November 12th, 2018 5:30 PM 366 E. Broad Street Burlington Burlington City ITEMS (at) 5:30 PM), Revell House plates, cobalt blue Revell House bottle; books BY Dr. Henry Bisbee: "Place Names"; Martha's Furnace (including a 1916 brick from the furnace itself); "The Burlington Story"; plates of historic sites; yearbooks 1927, 1952, 1953, 1954, ; vintage autograph books; "onion skin dish set including tureen; large plate collection including "Lawrence house", "St. Mary's Church" ; Burlington County house; facilities; Burlington 300th anniversary mug; cobalt blue "Revell House" bottle, Revell; house" hot plate B O O K S- written by Dr. Bisbee as well as from the Doctor Bisbee's personal collection including leather bound, local histories and others including Dutch exploration of the Delaware; rebound copy 1764 Samuel Smith's history of N.J., 1929 Burlington City directory 1868 Burlington City ordinances,1927 Schemerhorn's history of Burlington; De Cou, "Burlington, a Provincial capital", ;"Place Names", "Burlington Story"; "Sign Posts"; 1930's-40's children's autograph books, Burlington City year books: 1937; 1952, 1953, 1954; "West Jersey Proprietors" ; "Burlington County Directory" "Concessions & Agreements" Birch Carriage catalogs (2 editions), Birch Carriage: price listings; ; print of St. Mary's; Leonard Nimoy "Warmed by Love" first edition
From the Genealogical Society of New Jersey — This news from the New Jersey State Archives​ (NJSA) came just at the right moment (but derailed another post I was writing!). The processing work below is part of the NJSA's New Jersey Early Land Records Project—which is name-indexing more than 80,000 early land records at the State Archives. More than half of these records (40,000) were, until only recently, in the private hands of the Proprietors of East and West Jersey. These two corporations, founded in 1664, controlled land distribution across the state and maintained warrants, deeds, and surveys stemming from these transactions. The East Jersey Proprietors disbanded in 1998, turning their records over to the State. But the West Jersey Proprietors are still in existence—and may be the oldest corporation in the US! The records of the West Jersey Proprietors were acquired by the NJSA less than a year ago. As the NJSA is unboxing these precious original documents, some of which have not left their housing in decades, they are discovering documents, like the one shown, that were unknown before the project. (They have also discovered early Indian Deeds which are fascinating.) The goal of the project is to process, record, conserve, name-index, and partially transcribe and digitize all 80,000 records of this time period at the NJSA. The resulting name index and digitized images is free to the public and names are being added in small batches weekly, sometimes daily. It is an ambitious project that will create a SINGLE database for searching all of NJSA's records in this time period. https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/DOS_ArchivesDBPortal/EarlyLandRecords.aspx —— In 2016, The Genealogical Society of New Jersey partnered with the NJSA to help support this important work. Major grants by The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) have provided significant support for this project. And, corporate, societies, and individuals have also stepped up with generous donations. The funds help offset additional hours for archivists to work on the project and funded the purchase of archival supplies, scanning equipment, and other important items. More information is below—and a major progress update is coming soon! STAY TUNED! http://www.njlandrecords.org
Come and join us! To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Morris Area Genealogy Society (MAGS) along with the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center of the Morristown-Morris Township Library, is presenting a Genealogy Day Program on Saturday, November 3. The program is in the auditorium at Morris County Public Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey. MAGS is thrilled that Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist, will be presenting two lectures: "Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War" and "The Law and Reasonable Exhaustive (Re)Search" and a workshop: "No Vitals? No Problem Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence". The cost for attending the full day program - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm - with lunch provided is only $20. The registration form as well as directions is on the MAGS website, www.mags-public.weebly.com The location is near major highways, there is free parking Please join MAGS for this great genealogy day! Judy G. Russell is a world-renowned genealogist. Do not miss this special day. Register now, only the first 200 registrations can be accepted due to size of the auditorium.