Mauricetown Historical Society

Mauricetown Historical Society Our page is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Mauricetown and Commercial Township, New Jersey.

Operating as usual

Sounds delicious!
11/05/2021

Sounds delicious!

Our roast beef dinner is two weeks away.
Join us on Friday, November 19th.
Take out: 5-6PM
Dine-in buffet seating: 6PM
Reservations are required.
Call the church office: (856) 785-2877

Come on out and support our steeple!
10/16/2021

Come on out and support our steeple!

Our next dinner is just 1 week away!
Join us on Friday, October 22.
Take out: 5-6PM
Dine-in buffet seating: 6PM
GET YOUR RESERVATIONS IN NOW!
Call the church office: (856) 785-2877

Getting closer!
10/15/2021

Getting closer!

A picture of Mauricetown NJ all painted and read to be shipped

Sharing some Bayshore history.
09/15/2021

Sharing some Bayshore history.

Today, a little bit of history was made as the Schooner J. & E. Riggin and the A.J. Meerwald (Schooner), 2 of the last 3 oyster schooner remaining from the Delaware Bay met again for the first time since they fished the same waters nearly a century ago.

The Riggin was built in 1927 and the Meerwald was built a year later in 1928 at the Charles H. Stowman & Sons Shipyard in Dorchester, New Jersey. Considered to be the most productive shipyard on the Maurice River and New Jersey’s Delaware Bay region.

#LivingHistory #justwow #tallships #sailing
#ThisIsWindjamming

Tomorrow!
09/11/2021

Tomorrow!

08/01/2021

Here is our new number, as of the end of July: As you can see, we are now at $80,949.
We are thankful to all who have helped us get to this point.
If you want to help us continue on to our final goal, then please share this post.
You can also give right now, by visiting mauricetownumc.org and clicking donate. Thank you and God bless.

Update on our steeple
07/28/2021

Update on our steeple

Shared from West Jersey History
07/20/2021

Shared from West Jersey History

Mauricetown - Methodist Episcopal Church - c 1910

Happy Mothers Day!
05/10/2021

Happy Mothers Day!

This morning we shared the good news! We far exceeded our goal in our campaign over the last two months in an effort to reach the maximum amount in our matching fund.
We actually collected a total $30,870!
This means we recieved the full matching gift of $15,000.
When added to previous funds, this brings us to an astounding new total of $76,436.
We are getting there and we cannot thank everyone enough for all of their generosity and support as we get ever closer to our goal. Thank you and God bless!

Steeple progress...
05/03/2021

Steeple progress...

YARD SALE THIS WEEKEND!!!
04/22/2021

YARD SALE THIS WEEKEND!!!

Anyone interested in purchasing East Point Lighthouse apparel ... t-shirts ... sweatshirts ... hats ... patches & more ... join us this Saturday ... April 24th in historic Mauricetown ... up river from the lighthouse ... for the Annual Mauricetown Wide Yard Sale. The East Point Crew will be set up on Highland Street by Bayberry Cottage ... 9074 Highland Street. Hope to see you there!!! :-)

Photos from Save The Steeple at Mauricetown UMC's post
03/06/2021

Photos from Save The Steeple at Mauricetown UMC's post

Front Street in Mauricetown, check out the before and after shots, thanks Bill!
02/17/2021

Front Street in Mauricetown, check out the before and after shots, thanks Bill!

More of the Historic Village of Mauricetown in the snow ... Nancy Patterson
02/12/2021

More of the Historic Village of Mauricetown in the snow ... Nancy Patterson

Historic Mauricetown in the snow ... photos by Nancy Patterson
02/11/2021

Historic Mauricetown in the snow ... photos by Nancy Patterson

02/06/2021

Our new sign was posted out front of the church today. This means you can get an update on progress on funds raised to "Save the Steeple at Mauricetown UMC" anytime you stop by the church.

The number on the sign right now was announced in church last Sunday, which you can see is $29,077.

You can help us reach our goal by giving to the steeple fund. Just click donate when you visit our church website: mauricetownumc.org

It is with a heavy heart we share the passing of our neighbor and friend, Walt Birbeck. Walt will be missed. May he Rest...
02/01/2021
Walter Birbeck, A Genuine Friend

It is with a heavy heart we share the passing of our neighbor and friend, Walt Birbeck. Walt will be missed. May he Rest in Peace.

Walter Birbeck, Jr. 1942-2021 Social Worker Music and Nature Lover Dear Friend, I’ve been thinking about Walter Birbeck and what words might capture a bit about who he was. He treated his friends like

Coming up soon...
01/13/2021

Coming up soon...

Help us support the Mauricetown United Methodist Church and the save the steeple committee

Hope to see everyone at Texas Roadhouse, Save Our Steeple!
01/04/2021

Hope to see everyone at Texas Roadhouse, Save Our Steeple!

Come out Thursday January 7th and treat yourself to a nice dinner at Texas Roadhouse while making a donation to our Steeple project.
Print this flyer, or show it on your phone to you server, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of you purchase to the Mauricetown UMC Steeple Fund for the rebuilding of out steeple.
This offer is good for "dine in" or "take out", and onky available at 2299 N 2nd St in Millville, NJ.
Thank you for your support!

Merry Christmas to all of our members, neighbors and friends.  We look forward to seeing you at the Society in the new y...
12/24/2020

Merry Christmas to all of our members, neighbors and friends. We look forward to seeing you at the Society in the new year!

Mauricetown Historical Society's cover photo
12/23/2020

Mauricetown Historical Society's cover photo

12/04/2020
Mauricetown Fire Company Station 12

Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday December 20th MFC will have Santa and Mrs Claus riding on the fire engine from Haleyville down Highland st into Mauricetown to Front st then Noble St back to the station. We intend to start in Haleyville about 2:30 pm and be completed the trip by 3:00. Spread the word and get the little ones out to see Santa and Mrs Claus pass by.

BAKE SALE, TOMORROW SATURDAY 11/21/2020 9:00 AM in front of the post office. cakes, pies, and delectable breads!
11/21/2020

BAKE SALE, TOMORROW SATURDAY 11/21/2020 9:00 AM in front of the post office. cakes, pies, and delectable breads!

Fortescue NJ
10/28/2020

Fortescue NJ

Fortescue - The Old Hotel - c 1910

10/28/2020

BAKE SALE this Saturday, October 31, In front of the Mauricetown Post Office.

Hey Mauricetowners - Anyone up for a scarecrow contest this year?
09/26/2020

Hey Mauricetowners - Anyone up for a scarecrow contest this year?

Mauricetown Historical Society's cover photo
09/21/2020

Mauricetown Historical Society's cover photo

Bayshore Center at Bivalve
09/12/2020

Bayshore Center at Bivalve

Curator's Curiosities -- Where were you 25 years ago on September 12, 1995? If you watched the relaunch of the AJ Meerwald, share your memories about that day with us!

We are participating in A Race Through Time.  Open hours are Sunday July 19 and Sunday August 2, from 1 - 4 pm.  Free ad...
07/12/2020

We are participating in A Race Through Time. Open hours are Sunday July 19 and Sunday August 2, from 1 - 4 pm. Free admission, and wear your mask! We look forward to seeing you!

06/28/2020

The herb garden is buzzing with pollinators!

Our Society mourns the loss of Dan Compton.  A good friend, kind neighbor, and life-time member of the Historical Societ...
06/10/2020
Daniel A. Compton - View Obituary & Service Information

Our Society mourns the loss of Dan Compton. A good friend, kind neighbor, and life-time member of the Historical Society. Dan will be missed by all who knew him. Our hearts are with Marge and family during this sad time. Rest in Peace Dan.

Share Memories and Support the Family.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to The Greatest Generation!
06/07/2020

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to The Greatest Generation!

May we never forget freedom isn't free.
05/24/2020

May we never forget freedom isn't free.

HAPPY 50TH EARTH DAY!!!
04/22/2020

HAPPY 50TH EARTH DAY!!!

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1229 Front Street, P O Box 1
Mauricetown, NJ
08329

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Ghost Tour on Saturday, October 30th. Be there...or else!
I'd like to share an article I wrote some years ago for the Atlantic City Press about the historical significance of the Mauricetown Methodist Church. Please help save our steeple! Here goes: AREA STEEPLE GUIDES SOULS AND SEAFARERS / CUMBERLAND COUNTY 250 YEARS By EILEEN BENNETT Staff Writer Published: November 9, 1998 One in a series of stories celebrating the 250th anniversary of Cumberland County. "In looking back over the years and thinking of the sad fate of many of my seafaring friends, the thought comes to mind - Why did you escape old Neptune's maw? "Perhaps had I continued, such would have been my fate. But when no longer able to rely on my vision to distinguish beacons at night for charting the course, I quit the life." - Capt. Alonzo T. Bacon The words of the then-last surviving sea captain in the historic seafaring village of Mauricetown still resonate, vividly and longingly, even though they were written decades ago. It's said Capt. Bacon's allegiance to the seafaring life was instrumental in saving one of the most enduring - and endearing - landmarks on the Maurice River in the tiny Cumberland County riverside village. Capt. Bacon knew firsthand the blessed sight of the steeple atop the Mauricetown Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1880. It meant he was home, out of danger from "old Neptune's maw," back in the arms of his loving wife and children. Capt. Bacon knew the risks of the sea, as the above passage shows. But he also loved the seafaring life, according to his daughter, Carolyn Bacon, who was born in 1896 and still lives in the family's Victorian home a short distance from the church. "Back then all the vessels had sails. It (seafaring) was a great business back then, you know," Bacon said. "Ships went up and down the Atlantic Coast." But as talented a captain as her father was, Bacon said, there was no way to escape the unpredictable whims of the sea. A sudden storm could crop up at any moment, "and they had no control over the storms," she said. Her mother's uncle, Isaac Peterson, lived down the street from the family. Also a sea captain, Peterson would buy the Philadelphia paper, which listed all the boats that arrived at various ports, and then give word to her mother on any vessels from Mauricetown. And although Bacon - the youngest of six children - said she was too young to recall her father's long absences from home, she was well aware of what her mother must have been going through. In 1970, she and her sister, Ida G. Bacon, compiled memories of their father in a book titled "Recollections Pertaining to a Seafaring Life." The sisters dedicated the book to their mother, Anna Peterson Bacon, "and to those qualities of character she exemplified - the wives of seafarers who without solace of communication, assuming greater family responsibilities, awaiting the uncertainties of joyous reunion or the dreaded - 'no word' - lived long weeks with quiet courage." The church has been at the heart of this tiny town for more than a century. It's seen congregants gather in worship, in joy and in mourning. It retains all its original features - admired by many well-known historical architects - but after being struck by lightning, there were several times that the steeple was in danger of being torn down. At one point - in the 1920s, it's believed - it was argued that the steeple no longer served its original intent of guiding mariners home, since the last active sea captain, John Sharp, had been lost at sea in 1914. It was Capt. Bacon, a member of the church's board of trustees, who would argue vigorously to keep the steeple, a symbol of home and hearth to those who plied the seas. He was successful. Today the church stands much as it did a century ago, its lighted steeple visible for miles at night. The modest country church is a favorite model for photographers and painters alike. In 1992, it was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine as one of four on the East Coast selected by famed gingerbread architect Ollie Alpert for Christmas gingerbread displays. Not only did Capt. Bacon play a hand in saving the steeple from being razed, he also dedicated the memorial window in the sanctuary in 1921 to the 22 captains and mates from Mauricetown who lost their lives at sea. But it would be his daughter, Carolyn, who would complete the task her father started. The beautiful glass window didn't contain a plaque explaining its meaning until years later, when Carolyn Bacon successfully petitioned the church to place a bronze plaque underneath it, listing the names of the village men who had died at sea. Bacon remembers her father as a man "of good character. He respected people and people respected him." "He was always interested in history," Bacon said, "especially of the life and people in our territory." Her father was born in Dividing Creek, but as a young man moved to Mauricetown and took up the seafaring way of life, she said. Bacon recalls when the church was the heart of the town. "Back then, people knew the importance of having a church in a small town like this," she said. "All the small towns had their own churches." And the steeple that graces the historic structure was especially important to seafarers. "It served as a landmark. It helped guide them home," Bacon explained. Except for the addition of aluminum siding and a handicapped-accessible ramp, "there's been no exterior structural changes," said the Rev. John Robbins, who's served as pastor of the church for 17 years. "Tin had been added to the sanctuary walls sometime in the 1970s," to bolster the structure, Robbins said. The original plaster walls had begun to crumble due to the large trucks that would rumble through the town to a nearby sand plant. Since that time, a bypass has been built so the large sand trucks no longer would pose a danger to the historic structures of the town. "It still has the same pews and the balcony, and there's the original stenciling in the balcony," Robbins said. But it is perhaps the crown of the church, the steeple, that defines the heart of this seafaring town. After months at sea, sailors "would look up at that steeple and they knew they were finally home," Bacon said. Copyright (c) 1998 The Press of Atlantic City
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