Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society
The Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society extends an invitation to all to join us in the appreciation and conservation of the heritage of our small town.
Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society
Farewell Palmyra !
The ferry PALMYRA carries town faithful and residents of South Jersey across the river in this original photo from an archive donated to the PHCS in 2018 by Al Davis , great grandson of Lewellyn Davis. Lewellyn , a PHS graduate became a builder of homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 1920s and lived at 920 Columbia Avenue in a house he built !
By 1929 , the bridge made Ferry boat travel across the river ......history!
I would love to have taken a ride on the ferry ! Call it a boyhood dream , but I am sorry I missed the chance. I hosted two riverboat tours celebrating the Riverfront history of Palmyra , Riverton and Cinnaminson in 2008 and 2009 which were the next best thing ! I hope you were there ! Thanks to Al Davis !
- Will Valentino , PHCS Trustee , Facebook. admin and “ Back In Time “ Author !
IT'S THE ROARING TWENTIES ....AGAIN !
As we enter a new decade , let's go back in time with the 1928 senior class of Palmyra High School. Thanks to Member Dawn Marie, herself a PHS grad , for emailing us this great photo treasured by her Mom, Barbara Poinsett . Barbara is celebrating her 80th Birthday today ! The photo shows her Great Aunt Hannah Gootee ( Poinsett) when she attended Palmyra High School. Thank you so much Barbara and Tina Marie ! Join us in wishing Barbara a Happy 80th Birthday !
FATHER TIME !
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
This is a Presentation watch gifted to James T. Weart by the Borough Of Palmyra in 1928 for his years of service to the Borough that culminated with him serving as Palmyra’s first Mayor. The watch is in good hands as part of the Weart family archives. Thank you to Gary Weart for sharing the pic with us .Your donations to the Palmyra Historical Society have been inspiring and contagious ! Onwards to 2020!
Thank you Gary! It’s been fun.
- Will Valentino , PHCS trustee and page Admin.
OLD SCHOOL !!!!
A big thank you to Dennis McDonald of Medford , NJ for sending us this clipping that was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 26, 1898 in the South Jersey in Review section.
HISTORY FOR SALE
What is perhaps the most historical and storied home in Palmyra , New Jersey is back on the market .SPREAD THE WORD ! The Toy - Morgan homestead was built in 1761 and was home to both the Toy and Morgan families. Long rumored to be an Underground Railroad stop , and visited by Benjamin Franklin while journeying to visit his son in Willingboro , it was also a Speakeasy in the 1920s during prohibition. This home doesn’t need a flipper or developer hell bent on sacrificing its history for a quick renovation. PLEASE SHARE and help us find a caretaker of this historical homestead at the foot of Cinnaminson Avenue .
For Sale - 1 Cinnaminson Ave, Palmyra, NJ. This Single Family House is 7-bed, 4-bath, 3,836-Sqft ($167/Sqft), listed at $640,000. MLS# NJBL362098.
PLEASE WAKE UP PALMYRA !
STOP DEVALUING YOUR OLD HOUSE !
If you had a beautiful piece of art that was custom designed, crafted by hand, made from native old-growth wood, and imbued with clues to its age and crafting traditions, would you throw the authentic piece in the dumpster if a simulated plastic version suddenly became available? Seems ridiculous, right? However, this is precisely what people all over the country are doing when they rip out their historic wood windows and replace them with new windows.
PLEASE SHARE !
Tell those replacement window salesmen to go away; fix your old window instead.
SEEDS OF HISTORY
When Palmyra is given their seedlings from the Salem Oak to plant , imagine if they could be planted in Flournoy Park , known historically for decades as “ The Grove “ . “ The Grove “ was always a traditional gathering place named for the trees that once grew there next to the Methodist Church that is now Borough Hall. At least one of the seedlings for the tree should be planted in a place of honor where it can be seen by everyone in the town and become a landmark. Our future generations can then always remember the “seeds” we planted , honoring Police Chief Flournoy and this spiritual and historical place known as “ The Grove “ by generations of Palmyra citizens. Your thoughts are welcome and please share !
Seeds from the former 600-year-old iconic tree will be given to every municipality in New Jersey
If we had one Christmas wish .......
These places offer shopping, dining and holiday magic.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCHWERINGS!
Congratulations to Schwerings Hardware on their 97th Anniversary in Palmyra. The hardware store has been helping old houses stay beautiful since 1922. We can't imagine Palmyra without it. Thank you Steve and Sue for keeping it going, and for all you have done for the Palmyra Historical Society over the years! Sharing a post featuring the first dollar the store ever made, from the first customer , Mr. Keely, of Riverton.
Guess what today is? It's September 25th, our anniversary. Thanks Mr. Keely from Riverton, wherever you are. And thank you to all our customers over the years, we couldn't have made it this long without you!
CELEBRATING PALMYRA HISTORY
Since 2017 , we are now 700 followers STRONG !
MAKING HISTORY !
Sharing Serenity Bishop's article in the Palmyra Sun's link on the park dedication honoring Police Chief Payton Flournoy . Click below!
On Saturday Sept. 7, the governing body of Palmyra officially renamed Grove Park in honor of former Police Chief Payton Flournoy. Known for his character and pride for Palmyra, the community and residents from all around gathered to honor the late Chief.
SATURDAY IN THE PARK
Sharing some photographs posted by the Palmyra Police Department on the Dedication of Chief Payton Flournoy Park on Saturday September 7, 2019.
Dedication of Chief Flournoy Park:
On Saturday September 7th the Flournoy Family was surrounded by residents, members of Palmyra’s Governing Body and numerous elected officials as Chief Payton I. Flournoy Sr. Park was formally dedicated in honor of the 3rd Chief of Police for the Palmyra Police Department. Chief Flournoy was great man who set records as a high school athlete and then in 1959 in his professional life when he was appointed Chief of Police for the Borough of Palmyra. Chief Flournoy also known as TeeWee was the first African-American Chief of Police in Burlington County, the State of NJ and possibly the United States.
Chief Flournoy led our department until his retirement in 1976 and will always be remembered as an innovative progress leader. The dedication of this park in his honor will continue his legacy for years to come. A life that touches others goes on forever.
REMEMBERING CHIEF PAYTON FLOURNOY
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
A proper honor for a true American hero.
Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 and will be followed by light refreshments at the community center.
A NIGHT OUT FOR NOSTALGIA
Over 50 years ago the Tacony Palmyra Drive In Theatre was at the height of its popularity. Known as the “ Red and Blue” , the theatre had been a local favorite since 1957 when hundreds of similar theaters peppered the cultural landscape. Today , only one theatre , the Delsea Drive In in Vineland , Nj remains operating . Got a memory ? Share it here !
NEW JERSEYS LAST DRIVE IN ?
When the Tacony-Palmyra Drive In closed in the 1980s , The site became a flea Mart while retaining much of the Drive In infrastructure which still remains on site. . With news that flea mart will be closing , we can only imagine what it would be like if the theatre never closed and if there is any possibility it could be revived again?
The Delsea Theater is the only drive-in movie theater left in New Jersey — and we started drive-in movies! 🍿Who is in for a truly Jersey experience?
When communities celebrate their history, those communities flourish.So while the #NJHistoryFair is anticipated by many adults in the history community, we want to remind everyone that there is MUCH offered that will capture the imagination and interest of the next generation of future history lovers. THIS is the event that can help ignite a lifetime of curiosity and passion for history! Read on.....
Who says history is boring? Come to the #SpiritoftheJerseys State History Fair at #MonmouthBattlefieldStatePark in Manalapan on September 14th with your family and watch your kids get excited as they learn about the past and have fun at the same time! Here history comes alive and is experienced first-hand. For a start, they can take the reins of a plow team, get mustered into the Continental Army, become part of a Revolutionary War cannon detail, experience the feel of sitting side saddle, learn about Lenni Lenape foodways and life, try-on period clothing, play long forgotten children’s games, search for “artifakes”, watch a 19th century baseball game, be amazed by one of the greatest traveling flea circus showman and a host of other hands-on and engaging activities. So while the #NJHistoryFair is anticipated by many adults in the history community, we want to remind everyone that there is MUCH offered that will capture the imagination and interest of the next generation of future history lovers. THIS is the event that can help ignite a lifetime of curiosity and passion for history! So gather the kids and come to this family-friendly event on Saturday, September 14th (rain date on the 15th) from 11 - 5 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Step back in time with us and experience the "Spirit of the Jerseys!" #SpiritoftheJerseysStateHistoryFair #NJStateHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistory #NJHistory #historylovers #historyisntboring #historyisfun #livinghistory #handsonhistory #kidslovehistory #familytime #familyevent #socialstudiesteachers #historyteacher #njteacher #njteachers #teacher #teachers
LENA BLACKBURNE REMEMBERED
A look at the recent Delaware River Basin Comission’s display on the mud that changed the world ! That Lena Blackburne legacy that began in Palmyra really gets around !
What gives major and minor league pitchers more control? ⚾️MUD! Rubbing mud takes off the shine, but doesn't soften the ball's cover. And it takes a special kind of mud. Specifically, mud from a secret location along the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. We recently went to a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game to talk about this unique resource from the Delaware River Basin! 💦 #OurSharedWaters
The home of Palmyra’s TITANIC barber , August Weikman is still up for sale. Please share with a friend who may be interested in owning what is one of Palmyra’s most historic places, like The Grove and The Toy - Morgan House. This house needs an owner who loves its history or like so much in Palmyra before it , we will lose it.
To mark this week's anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a local historian recalls a Burlington County connection. The barber and the sea In 1912, the loss of the Titanic, the "ship of dreams," on its maiden voyage between Southampton, England, and New York City, mesmerized the nation and the....
In the late 1940 ‘s and 1950’s , it was not usual to see the Palmyra String Band marching through the streets of Palmyra. The string band was founded and Captained by Tony D’ Amato who ran a local beauty salon in town. Pictured is his son , Donald , in costume with his Mom circa 1950s .
( photo credit :Philadelphia Mummers Memories FACEBOOK Group )
Here’s something everyone in Palmyra will be wanting to know. 100 likes and shares for sure.
Dispelling Common Preservation Myths! 💫
Myth: If it's designated it can't be torn down! ❌
Designating a property as historic doesn’t always protect it from demolition. Contrary to popular belief, National designation offers the least amount of protection from demolition and alteration, while Local designation typically offers the most.
Levels of designation:
National- Listing a property on the National Register of Historic Places is a honorific designation, however; it is only considered for saving when it could be impacted by federally funded, licensed or permitted projects. The property undergoes a Section 106 review before the project can continue. Privately funded projects are not subject to review.
State- Another honorary designation with a limited review process. State, county or local government projects must be reviewed by New Jersey Historic Preservation Office and NJ Historic Sites Council.
Local- Local governments are allowed to create historic preservation ordinances to establish local historic districts and historic preservation commissions, which oversee a review process before any major alterations or demolitions to proceed.
To read more check out our resource "Dispelling Common Myths: An Organizing Tool for Historic Preservation Advocates" ❗ http://ow.ly/Z81Z50uZv89
📸 Asbury Park Palace Amusements designated in 2000 and demolished in 2004
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SODA FOUNTAIN SUMMERS
(From the Archives of the Palmyra Historical Society. )
Any fond memories of MCALLISTER’S on Broad Street ? .
This decades long institution is sadly missed. The menu and postcard booklet was donated by Carl McAllister and the 1907 interior photo of the store was saved from trash can in Moorestown , NJ. and given to the PHCS. History is worth saving ! Please share and ask your friends to join our page, where Palmyra history is alive !
( Photo Credit: Will Valentino )
A little girl waves the stars and strips outside Seel Brothers printing on Cinnaminson Avenue circa early 1900’s.
Donation scan by Muriel Seels to the archives of the Palmyra Historical Society.
COPPERS WITHOUT CHOPPERS
We are very proud of our Police Department In Palmyra . This photo was donated to our archives by Betsy Ransome and shows the force in front of the old Police Department building circa 1930s. Standing front and center is the famed Police Chief ,Morris Beck, who was the town’s very first Police Chief.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
The Fifties In Palmyra !
Gary and Wayne Weart and the Smith Triplets at 612 Highland Avenue in Palmyra , New Jersey.
Got a photo an old photo of life in Palmyra , Nj , Send it to us via PM and we’ll post it.
( Photo Credit :Gary Weart )
Get your nickels ready. !
THE FATHER OF PALMYRA ?
Upon his death in 1929, Newspapers of the time were quick to hail William F. Morgan as the “ emblematic” father of Palmyra. A student of history ,his influence on the development of the town and the local politics of Palmyra and Burlington County were profound. He was a religious man who stood firmly with the Democratic Party and believed in equality for all. He donated the land Christ Church on Parry Avenue was built upon ,as well as the triangular park that serves as Palmyra’s Memorial Park. As one Of Palmyra’s wealthiest and influential citizens , he sat on the board of the Palmyra National Bank, served as a local tax collector and was the founder of Morgan Cemetary . William , along with his brothers Joseph and John were responsible for much of the development of Palmyra from its sleepy Victorian roots into the 20th century. So much so , that the deed to your house probably bears a Morgan signature and was subdivided from farmland owned by the Morgan Family. The remains of Morgan’s personal estate was discovered at a yard sale in 2007 by Will Valentino Of The Palmyra Historical Society and with the assistance of historian Paul Schopp of Riverton , both were able to secure the archive now held by the Palmyra Historical Society . The archive includes many photos and papers owned by William Morgan and a handwritten draft of the act that created the township of Palmyra. Morgan was one of the earliest proponents of getting the Benjamin Franklin Bridge built and served on its earliest commission that sent him to Washington to interview and lobby then president Woodrow Wilson for funding. The shadow Morgan cast upon Palmyra and Burlington County was a large one and perhaps it’s time Memorial Park , land he donated to Palmyra , be renamed in his honor. Morgan has truly earned it. Born in 1848 , Will was one of Elias Morgan's eight children who grew up in the riverfront farmhouse at the foot of Cinnaminson Avenue known as The Toy Morgan House. He is buried in Morgan Cemetary where his grave resides on a small hilly mound much like the farmhouse he raised his family in , which still stands overlooking Palmyra on a hill at Cleveland and Morgan Avenues. Palmyra needs more citizens like William F. Morgan. Posted and written by Will Valentino
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