Whitall House/Red Bank Battlefield

Whitall House/Red Bank Battlefield The Whitall House is an 18th-century Quaker homestead open for seasonal tours Thurs-Sun from 1pm to The 2017 season begins on April 6!

Tour the Whitall House to learn about what life was like for an 18th-century Quaker family. Adjacent to the house is Red Bank Battlefield and the earthen remains of Fort Mercer. The house and battlefield are part of the Gloucester County Parks system. The park features picnic pavilions and a scenic path along the Delaware River. Red Bank Battlefield Park is open from dawn to dusk, and the Whitall House is open seasonally.

Looking for a schedule for this Sunday’s Family History Festival? We’ve got you covered. The magic show is always a big ...
09/20/2022

Looking for a schedule for this Sunday’s Family History Festival? We’ve got you covered. The magic show is always a big hit!

We have a special family history program this coming Sunday (September 25) from 12-4. We’ll have hearth cooking, hands o...
09/19/2022

We have a special family history program this coming Sunday (September 25) from 12-4. We’ll have hearth cooking, hands on activities, and even a colonial magician! The Whitall House will be open for families to explore at their own speed and docents on hand to answer your questions. Hope to see you in the park!

Looking for something fun to do on Sunday? Scotland Run Park is hosting Water Fest!Red Bank Battlefield will be there wi...
09/17/2022

Looking for something fun to do on Sunday? Scotland Run Park is hosting Water Fest!

Red Bank Battlefield will be there with an archeology pop up exhibit. Hear about our summer project and what comes next. Stop by and say hello!

09/14/2022
Red Bank Battlefield Tours | Gloucester County, NJ

Spots available for this Saturday!

Curious to learn more about the Battle of Red Bank? Want to hear more about our archeology project? Join us on Saturdays at 1pm for a special guided tour of the battlefield and archeology site. Meet outside of the Whitall House. The tours are free but registration is required. You can register here:

Join us as we explore the history of Red Bank Battlefield, hear about the amazing archeology discoveries from this past summer, and visit the trench site to learn more about the Hessians who fought here. This tour is free of charge and meets every Saturday at 1pm at the Whitall House.

Want to learn more about the archeology project at Red Bank? Check out this interview with archeologist Wade Catts at th...
09/13/2022
AmRev360: Digging into New Discoveries with Archaeologist Wade Catts

Want to learn more about the archeology project at Red Bank? Check out this interview with archeologist Wade Catts at the Museum of the American Revolution. Have questions? Park Director Jen Janofsky is happy to answer. (Please note insensitive comments will be deleted).

In the summer of 2022 – nearly 245 years after the bloody Battle of Red Bank – the skeletal remains of at least 13 individuals were uncovered during an archa...

History Tots is BACK! Looking for a fun, fall activity for your little one? History Tots is a one hour program designed ...
09/10/2022
Catalog - Gloucester County, NJ

History Tots is BACK!

Looking for a fun, fall activity for your little one? History Tots is a one hour program designed for kids 6 and under. We read stories, complete a craft, and explore the Whitall House and Park. It’s hands on, family friendly, and a great way to introduce kids to the fun world of history. Sessions meet every other Friday from 10:30-11-30. Our first session is next Friday. Programs are free but registration is required. You can register here:

Curious to learn more about the Battle of Red Bank? Want to hear more about our archeology project? Join us on Saturdays...
09/07/2022
Catalog - Gloucester County, NJ

Curious to learn more about the Battle of Red Bank? Want to hear more about our archeology project? Join us on Saturdays at 1pm for a special guided tour of the battlefield and archeology site. Meet outside of the Whitall House. The tours are free but registration is required. You can register here:

Mark your September calendars! We’re excited to offer a 100% family-friendly afternoon of fun, hands on history! Explore...
09/02/2022

Mark your September calendars! We’re excited to offer a 100% family-friendly afternoon of fun, hands on history! Explore the Whitall House at your own pace, visit our amazing cooks in the kitchen, and check out our colonial history inspired magic show. We have lots of crafts, games, and scavenger hunts. The event is free and open to all ages but we hope to see lots of little faces in the park on the 25th!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Come visit with us this Sunday. We have activities ...
08/17/2022

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Come visit with us this Sunday. We have activities planned for the whole family to enjoy!

On August 2, Commissioner Director Frank DiMarco and Commissioner Liaison to Parks and Recreation Jim Jefferson welcomed...
08/10/2022

On August 2, Commissioner Director Frank DiMarco and Commissioner Liaison to Parks and Recreation Jim Jefferson welcomed members of the media to Red Bank Battlefield to hear the exciting discovery of 14 individuals who are believed to be Hessian. The discovery was made during a public archeology day event in the park.

Other exciting discoveries included musket balls, brass buttons, and a very rare 1766 British gold guinea coin. Dr. Jen Janofsky, Giordano Fellow in Public History and Park Director, directed the project.

This coming Wednesday (August 3) from 10am-3pm, Red Bank Battlefield will be hosting an archeology open house. Please co...
08/01/2022

This coming Wednesday (August 3) from 10am-3pm, Red Bank Battlefield will be hosting an archeology open house. Please come out and meet the team, see some of our amazing artifacts, and view the excavated trench. We have important news to announce tomorrow so stay tuned. (Please note we will edit inappropriate responses).

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow? We have a great afternoon planned- come out and say hello!
07/15/2022

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow? We have a great afternoon planned- come out and say hello!

If you’re in the park today, we’d love to see you at our outside exhibit on 18th Century Medical Tools. While you’re at ...
07/10/2022

If you’re in the park today, we’d love to see you at our outside exhibit on 18th Century Medical Tools. While you’re at it, you can take a picture with some of our soldier cutouts!

The Butterfly House is open Thursday through Sunday from 10-12:30. Admission is free, and it is located right next to th...
07/03/2022

The Butterfly House is open Thursday through Sunday from 10-12:30. Admission is free, and it is located right next to the Whitall House.

Mark your calendar for our next park event- our annual Butterfly Festival! Visit us on July 16 and enjoy games, family a...
06/29/2022

Mark your calendar for our next park event- our annual Butterfly Festival! Visit us on July 16 and enjoy games, family activities, and educational gardening/nature sessions. This is a great event for all ages and free to the public!

We hope to see you today at our Family History Day: Vintage Baseball! The house will have Jackie Robinson Memorabilia on...
06/26/2022

We hope to see you today at our Family History Day: Vintage Baseball! The house will have Jackie Robinson Memorabilia on display, and we will have both a vintage baseball presentation at 2 and trap ball demonstrations at 1 and 3 out in the park!

We have two big events in the park this Sunday: Vintage Baseball AND our public archeology project. Parking in the park ...
06/25/2022

We have two big events in the park this Sunday: Vintage Baseball AND our public archeology project. Parking in the park will be limited. Please use the overfill lot— the baseball field on your left as you approach the park entrance. Hope to see you in the park!

Be sure to check out our presentation on “Feeding the Common Soldier” today at 1 pm in front of the house!       CommonS...
06/25/2022

Be sure to check out our presentation on “Feeding the Common Soldier” today at 1 pm in front of the house!

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Come check out our Soldiers of the Revolution presentation on “Feeding the Common Soldier” this Saturday outside of the ...
06/24/2022

Come check out our Soldiers of the Revolution presentation on “Feeding the Common Soldier” this Saturday outside of the Whitall House!

This Sunday we have a great day planned at the park. Stop by our archeology site in the morning and pop over to the Whit...
06/22/2022

This Sunday we have a great day planned at the park. Stop by our archeology site in the morning and pop over to the Whitall House in the afternoon for a fantastic vintage baseball program! We have something for everyone!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have openings for our public archeology days for this Saturday afternoo...
06/20/2022

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have openings for our public archeology days for this Saturday afternoon (6/25) and both sessions on Sunday (6/26). Participants screen for artifacts, learn about the field of archeology and how to identify what we're finding. We're also looking for help washing artifacts--we've found a lot of great stuff including musket balls, canister shot and Native American artifacts. Registration is required:
https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/gloucester-county-nj/catalog

Any questions, please email Jen Janofsky: [email protected]

It’s a beautiful day to visit Red Bank Battlefield for a tour of the Whitall House! After you’re done, be sure to stop b...
06/19/2022

It’s a beautiful day to visit Red Bank Battlefield for a tour of the Whitall House! After you’re done, be sure to stop by our pop-up exhibit to try out some colonial toys and games. Hope to see you here!

Come check out our Musket and Medical Tool presentations out in front of the house!
06/18/2022

Come check out our Musket and Medical Tool presentations out in front of the house!

That’s What it is Thursday! This object is called a Half a Guild Cup. All soldiers were allotted a rum ration, which wou...
06/16/2022

That’s What it is Thursday!

This object is called a Half a Guild Cup. All soldiers were allotted a rum ration, which would be poured into this cup. Did you get it right this time?

What is it Wednesday!What do you think this tiny cup was used for? Let us know in the comments down below!
06/15/2022

What is it Wednesday!

What do you think this tiny cup was used for? Let us know in the comments down below!

We have a few spots left for this Saturday afternoon’s public archeology program (1pm-4pm). If you’d like to participate...
06/13/2022

We have a few spots left for this Saturday afternoon’s public archeology program (1pm-4pm). If you’d like to participate, register here: https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/gloucester-county-nj/catalog

We’re exploring a Fort Mercer trench at the northern end of the park. Maybe you’ll find something cool like this clock key!

06/11/2022

Our Public Archeology Day scheduled for tomorrow, 6/12 is postponed due to the forecasted rain. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jen Janofsky:
[email protected]

Some of our wonderful volunteers of the Whitall House are here today at Atkinson Park for the Gloucester County Summer K...
06/11/2022

Some of our wonderful volunteers of the Whitall House are here today at Atkinson Park for the Gloucester County Summer Kick-Off that goes from 11-5. We have an 18th century surgical tool demonstration, information about our site, and coloring books for the little ones! Hopefully we will see you there!

We have a lot of great summer programs taking place in the park. Come check out our historic baseball day on June 26. Po...
06/10/2022

We have a lot of great summer programs taking place in the park. Come check out our historic baseball day on June 26. Pop into the Whitall House to see some great historic baseball items including Jackie Robinson memorabilia! Stick around for an interactive vintage baseball demonstration. The event is free and open to all ages.

That’s What it is Thursday! This object is called a Whisk and Pick. It was used to clean a colonial soldier’s gun after ...
06/09/2022

That’s What it is Thursday!

This object is called a Whisk and Pick. It was used to clean a colonial soldier’s gun after it was fired! This Whisk and Pick is in the collection of one of our incredible volunteers, Paul.

What is it Wednesday!Can you guess what this object was used for? Comment down below!  WhitallHouse
06/08/2022

What is it Wednesday!

Can you guess what this object was used for? Comment down below!

WhitallHouse

We’ll be there! Stop by and say hello! Don't miss the Gloucester County Summer Kick-off this Saturday, June 11 from 11am...
06/07/2022

We’ll be there! Stop by and say hello!

Don't miss the Gloucester County Summer Kick-off this Saturday, June 11 from 11am-5pm (Rain Date: June 12). Enjoy vendors, crafters, magicians, balloon animals, beer crafters, live music and more!

We have a few spots left for the afternoon session of the next public archeology day this Sunday (6/12). We’re working o...
06/06/2022

We have a few spots left for the afternoon session of the next public archeology day this Sunday (6/12). We’re working on a Fort Mercer trench at the northern end of the park. During our last public day we found all kinds of good stuff including ceramics and redware.

Registration is required and you must be over 18 to participate. You can register here:

https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=363

If you have any questions, contact Jen Janofsky at [email protected]

Today’s pop up exhibit is colonial toys and games! If you’re in the park, be sure to check out this very interesting and...
06/04/2022

Today’s pop up exhibit is colonial toys and games! If you’re in the park, be sure to check out this very interesting and interactive exhibit in front of the house!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Whitall House this Sunday for our Annual Flower Show and Pho...
06/03/2022

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Whitall House this Sunday for our Annual Flower Show and Photography Contest. Thank you to the Gloucester County Certified Gardners for coordinating this event!

Our next public archeology day is Sunday, June 12. Registration opens this Thursday at 9am. Register here: https://secur...
05/31/2022

Our next public archeology day is Sunday, June 12. Registration opens this Thursday at 9am. Register here:
https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/gloucester-county-nj/catalog

Participants screen soil, wash artifacts, and assist in the archeology survey. Join us as we explore the northern boundary of the park and a Fort Mercer trench!

There will be two sessions: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Registration is required and space is limited. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Don't wait to register! Create an account in advance of Thursday so you can sign up right away.

Addtional public days will be June 18 and June 25. Registration opens 10 days prior to each event.

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Janofsky: [email protected]

This Memorial Day, we’d like to honor those who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Red Bank. 14 Ame...
05/30/2022

This Memorial Day, we’d like to honor those who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Red Bank. 14 American soldiers in all sacrificed their lives for the sake of freedom.

Their names were
Sgt. George Babcock
Priv. William Kirk
Prv. William Sharper
Prv. William Tayler
Sgt. John Gould
Prv. John Brown
Fifer Major Elnathan Newman
Sgt. Nath. Stoddard
Prv. Stephen Luther
Prv. Stephen Luther
Prv. Asa Potter
Prv. Jonathan Bidgood
Sgt. Eleazer Wescott
Capt. Silvanus Shaw
Sgt. William Everton

We would also like to remember, sincerely thank, and honor every other man and woman who have bravely paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom.

That’s What it is Thursday! This object is called lambs ear or stachys byzantina!  It was used to bandage wounds! It was...
05/26/2022

That’s What it is Thursday!

This object is called lambs ear or stachys byzantina! It was used to bandage wounds! It was featured in last weekend’s 18th century surgery tools pop up exhibit! Was your guess correct? Let us know down below!

What is it Wednesday! What do you think these leaves were called and used for? Let us know in the comments down below!  ...
05/25/2022

What is it Wednesday!

What do you think these leaves were called and used for? Let us know in the comments down below!

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National Park, NJ
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Friday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

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We can’t wait to see you this weekend!
Looking for a fun event to kick off the holiday season? Candlelight Tours are this weekend! See the Whitall House all decked out for the holidays! The event is free and masks are required.
Making great progress on the roof!

Did you know that the Whitall House is on both the state and federal registers of historic places? That means we must use historically appropriate materials when doing any work on the house. Cedar shingles are what the Whitalls would have used and consistent with 18th century building practices.
Candlelight Tours are BACK! Please note that masks will be required for entry.
The roofing team is making good progress and you can see the new roofing material going up! The material is cedar which is what the Whitall family would have used in 1748. A cedar roof allows the attic to breathe. When the cedar is dry, you can actually see little pinholes of light coming through. When it rains, the cedar absorbs the water and swells shut keeping the attic nice and dry.
The Whitall House is getting a new roof! The older roof is at the end of its useful life and it’s time to replace it. The new roof will be like the old: red cedar shingle. Stop by the park and get a look! This week we’ll be posting all about the roof project so stay tuned!
We all love to carve pumpkins but how about turnips? When the Irish immigrated to America, they brought many fun Halloween traditions.

“Samhain, the root of Halloween, was a Celtic festival - a night when spirits walked the earth, and the living would prepare themselves for visitations of guests both welcome and unwelcome. From this atmosphere of anticipation and unease come traditions, which are both celebratory and defensive. Masks were worn to frighten away demons. Turnips and other root vegetables were carved with terrifying faces in order to scare unwelcome guests, both living and dead - and tricks were played on the unsuspecting.” The Irish Times
The weather looks great for this Sunday! Join us for 18th Century Field Day! Tour the Whitall House, visit with crafters, learn about the battle and what it was like to be Revolutionary War soldier!
Join us on Sunday, October 24 for 18th Century Field Day! History, vendors, demonstrations, and the Jonas Cattell/Fort Mercer 5K run!
Visit with our hearth cookers this Saturday from 1pm-4pm as they prepare a fall harvest meal! On the menu: roasted chicken with herbs, sweet potato puffs, cornbread, pumpkin pudding, mulled cider. Learn about colonial food ways, and how the Whitall family used their kitchen to prepare amazing meals!
It is a BEAUTIFUL day in the park! Join us this afternoon as we welcome Joe Becton who will be offering a program on African Americans in the Revolution. Stick around for a battlefield tour and learn about the pivotal role they played at the Battle of Red Bank! This event is free and open to all park visitors.
Think you can match Jonas Cattell’s blistering pace as he raced to Fort Mercer? Join us on Sunday, October 24! We have two options: an out and back 5K and the traditional 10 miler. Info and registration below. Stick around for Field Day when you finish! (More details to come!)