Southampton Historical Society

Southampton Historical Society Dedicated to the preservation of the history of Vincentown and Southampton Township and to the dissemination of information about the rich history of our community through its museums, publications and special events.
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The Southampton Historical Society was founded in 1974. The first meeting of the society was held on September 16, 1974 in the Sally Stretch Keen Memorial Library. The Officers elected at that time were: President: Esther Irick; Vice-President: Joseph Jordan; Secretary: Mary Robbins: Treasurer: Edward Cliver. On October 7 of the same year, the name "Southampton Historical Society" was adopted. In 1975, the Township quilt was started by Mary Robbins and on May 26 of that year, the first SHS float appeared in the Vincentown Memorial Day Parade. The theme of the float was "6M to H" (the six-mile marker to "Holly", referring to Mount Holly -- although some say the "H" represents Hainesport). In October, 1975, the Society adopted its first Constitution and Bylaws.

1976 was the U.S. Bicentennial year, and on May 3, the first elections were held under the SHS Constitution. The first elected officers were installed by the light of kerosene lamps at the first meeting held in the historic Telephone Building on Mill Street, Vincentown. In 1977, the Southampton Historical Society obtained its first grant, from the Burlington County Cultural and Heritage Commission in the amount of $500 for the restoration of the bow window of the historic Telephone Building. In March of 1977, Margaret Morris submitted the winning entry for the name of the SHS Newsletter: Hello Central. In October of the same year, the SHS opened its Telephone Building to the public for the first time. In 1981, the SHS moved the Haines School to its present site in Millpond Park on Race Street, Vincentown. SHS hosts many visitors each year to its lovingly restored and furnished building. During the same year, New Jersey Bell contributed a 1900-era switchboard to the Telephone Museum and the SHS hosted a Silver Tea at the Telephone Building for former telephone employees. In 1982, the SHS began its annual Christmas in November -- first in the Telephone Building, then in Number 2 School, and now in the Olde Town Hall. In 1984, the Society celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a roast beef dinner in the Grange Hall with all its past presidents -- and many others -- on hand. In February of 1984 SHS' first Taster's Choice potluck dinner took place in the Olde Town Hall. In May of 1986, SHS held is first Geranium Sale. On April 14, 1987, Vincentown was entered into the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. On September 21, 1988, the oldest sections of Vincentown were entered onto the National Register of Historic Places. In the Fall of 1989, Dorothy Best was appointed as Southampton Township Historian. Also in 1989, the SHS received a grant of $500 from New Jersey Bell. In 1992, the SHS provided docents for the Columbian Quincentenary Museum on Main St., Vincentown. In September, Mr. George Klein and Arthur Leary were honored at a lawn reception, celebrating the installation of the historic switchboard, rebuilt and restored to working order by Mr. Klein. In September, 1993, SHS' third museum, in the old Town Hall, opened to the public, and on September 12, the SHS celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dinner at the Buddtown Methodist Church Hall. Past President Joseph Laufer was the main speaker at this event. During the period 1994-1998, the SHS restored the old Vincentown Lockup (jail) at the rear of the Olde Town Hall, and supported the efforts to restore the Vincentown Millpond, which collapsed in the spring of 1993. The dam was restored at the end of 1995. On September 16, 1999, The Southampton Historical Society celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The event was celebrated on Sunday, September 19 with an anniversary tea conducted at the Olde Town Hall.

Operating as usual

05/15/2021

We have sold out if the extra geraniums! ๐ŸŒบ Don't forget to pick up if you have placed an order.

๐ŸŒบ Reminder ๐ŸŒบ  Our Geranium Sale is tomorrow.  Looks like it will be a beautiful morning! If you didn't place an order, d...
05/14/2021

๐ŸŒบ Reminder ๐ŸŒบ Our Geranium Sale is tomorrow. Looks like it will be a beautiful morning! If you didn't place an order, don't worry. We will have a limited number available for sale. Thank you!

๐ŸŒบ Reminder ๐ŸŒบ Our Geranium Sale is tomorrow. Looks like it will be a beautiful morning! If you didn't place an order, don't worry. We will have a limited number available for sale. Thank you!

The signs are out! Don't forget to mark your calendars.  Although we are not holding the Bake Sale this year, we hope to...
05/01/2021

The signs are out! Don't forget to mark your calendars. Although we are not holding the Bake Sale this year, we hope to have our very own Mrs. Lindy Thomas on hand to autograph your copy of "A Child's Scrapbook of Vincentown Memories." On sale for only $5.00.

Check out our Geranium Sale ad in this week's Pine Barrens Tribune on page 11.  Still time to place those orders! ๐ŸŒบ
04/24/2021

Check out our Geranium Sale ad in this week's Pine Barrens Tribune on page 11. Still time to place those orders! ๐ŸŒบ

Check out our Geranium Sale ad in this week's Pine Barrens Tribune on page 11. Still time to place those orders! ๐ŸŒบ

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our annual Geranium Sale again this year.  Place your order now either ...
04/11/2021

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our annual Geranium Sale again this year. Place your order now either by calling the number on the flyer or contacting us here on Facebook. Thank you for your support! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our annual Geranium Sale again this year. Place your order now either by calling the number on the flyer or contacting us here on Facebook. Thank you for your support! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ

02/11/2021
Charles G. Rick
12/17/2020

Charles G. Rick

This picture is from a 1946 Moorestown H.S. Yearbook. In August of 1947 I worked at the Francis C. Stokes loading boxes filled with cans on the line to be filled with tomato juice. Morning to night the process went on. Met people from all over Burlington ,Co. They even had young boys from the Four Mile circle home for children, giving them a chance to learn and experience working. I rode from Moorestown on my motorcycle that I just bought a week before in Camden. Also shown is a scan of one of my paychecks that had earned. 821/2 hours. I live in Delran but wood drive over to Joe Browns butcher for the freshly cut meat. Rick

12/15/2020
12/15/2020
Tonight would be our December general meeting and we would more than likely have the Seneca Choir singing for us. Good m...
12/07/2020

Tonight would be our December general meeting and we would more than likely have the Seneca Choir singing for us. Good memories. Everyone have a happy Holiday.

Sharing some beautiful drone images of Vincentown. Photos by Bill Tulay
10/29/2020

Sharing some beautiful drone images of Vincentown. Photos by Bill Tulay

Sharing some beautiful drone images of Vincentown. Pictures by Bill Tulay
10/29/2020

Sharing some beautiful drone images of Vincentown. Pictures by Bill Tulay

Photos from Southampton Historical Society's post
05/27/2020

Photos from Southampton Historical Society's post

Sharing a poster from 1879 and some photos of our floats in past parades. Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day 2020.
05/24/2020

Sharing a poster from 1879 and some photos of our floats in past parades. Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day 2020.

05/23/2020

***INFORMATION FROM THE VINCENTOWN JUNIOR MECHANICS REGARDING VETERAN BANNERS IN VINCENTOWN***

***Please note: This is NOT an announcement regarding the parade. Please see the Township website for further info***

Vincentown Veterans Banners โ€“ Several years ago the Vincentown Jr Mechanics Council 17 (Jr. Order of United American Mechanics) led by Butch Sharp, honored our local veterans by hanging family sponsored Banners throughout the Village of Vincentown. Each year since, the Jrโ€™s have hung the banners prior to Memorial Day in May until Veterans Day in November. While we strive each year to place the banners where the sponsoring family and friends desire, sometimes due to circumstance we do not hit the mark.

The Veteran Banners have again been hung for this year and are in place for the subdued parade on Memorial Day. If you have sponsored a Banner and it is not where you thought it would be, please send an email to the following address and the Jrโ€™s will strive to resolve the circumstance.

[email protected]

In your email please provide the following information:
1. Your Full Name
2. Your Phone Number
3. The Name of the โ€˜Veteranโ€™ on the Banner
4. Where the Banner should be displayed
5. Where the Banner currently resides

Within the next few weeks, members of the Jr. Mechanics of Vincentown will strive to move the Banner from itsโ€™ current location to the location that the sponsor desires. Please have patience with us, we are all volunteers who only wish to honor those who have spent a portion of their lives serving and protecting what the Jr Mechanics organization believe to be important to our Country.

Vincent Fire Company with their new pumper truck 1980.
05/21/2020

Vincent Fire Company with their new pumper truck 1980.

1976 Southampton Historical Society Fair
05/19/2020

1976 Southampton Historical Society Fair

Dear Friends,Please see the flyer announcing the cancellation of our annual Geranium & Bake Sale.  We hope that you all ...
04/07/2020

Dear Friends,
Please see the flyer announcing the cancellation of our annual Geranium & Bake Sale. We hope that you all are keeping well. Thank you.

We will not be participating in the County Passport Program for the months of April and May. During the end of May we wi...
03/25/2020

We will not be participating in the County Passport Program for the months of April and May. During the end of May we will decide on the remaining months.

Dear Members,          In keeping with directions by the federal and state governments of not gathering with 10 or more ...
03/20/2020

Dear Members,
In keeping with directions by the federal and state governments of not gathering with 10 or more people we are canceling the April 6th General meeting because of the COVID-19.
We will cancel all future meetings until this directive is lifted and it is safe for us to gather.
I will send out an email blats when we will restart.
Stay safe and healthy.
Bob

03/01/2020
12/10/2019
Our meeting scheduled for tonight December 2nd,  HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Have a great Holiday and hope to see you March 2, 2...
12/02/2019

Our meeting scheduled for tonight December 2nd, HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Have a great Holiday and hope to see you March 2, 2020 at our next meeting.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Southampton Historical Society has enhanced and reprinted it's 1989 "A Child's...
11/29/2019

Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Southampton Historical Society has enhanced and reprinted it's 1989 "A Child's Scrapbook of Vincentown Memories". A beautiful collaboration between retired Southampton School teacher, Lindy Thomas, and former Township Historian Dorothy Best, this booklet was used in teaching Southampton 3rd grade students the history of Vincentown. Loaded with pictures and captions, we are selling them for only $5.00 each. They will soon be available at the Sally Stretch Keen Memorial LIbrary, Hometown Pharmacy, our General Meetings (next one is December 2nd at Olde Town Hall) or by private messaging us here on Facebook. Arrangements can be made to have one mailed to you for an additional shipping fee. Happy Holidays to all!

09/22/2019
Hope to see you at the meeting, Bob
09/08/2019

Hope to see you at the meeting, Bob

Vincentown Village flood June 20, 2019. Looks like 6-8 inches in Telephone Museum.
06/20/2019

Vincentown Village flood June 20, 2019. Looks like 6-8 inches in Telephone Museum.

05/30/2019
2019 Memorial Day Vincentown
05/27/2019

2019 Memorial Day Vincentown

A different view of the parade.

Float is ready for tomorrows parade. Thank you Kathy Rosmando, Bob Ritter, Carol Ritter, Rob Ritter, Ryan Ritter, Tracy ...
05/26/2019

Float is ready for tomorrows parade. Thank you Kathy Rosmando, Bob Ritter, Carol Ritter, Rob Ritter, Ryan Ritter, Tracy Puchino, Nathan Puchino and Jared Puchino.
See you at the parade 10:00 am tomorrow.

05/23/2019
Looks like a great weekend! Come on out tomorrow and pick up some geraniums for those flower pots that you have just sit...
05/17/2019

Looks like a great weekend! Come on out tomorrow and pick up some geraniums for those flower pots that you have just sitting in your garage. We will have a limited quantity available of each color if you haven't placed an order. Red, White, Salmon and Lavender-Blue. $3.25 each. And don't forget to visit our baked goods table for some tasty treats. Enjoy! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿง๐ŸŒบ

It's not too late to place your order for Geraniums.  Order now and we'll have them ready for quick pick up. $3.25 each ...
05/07/2019

It's not too late to place your order for Geraniums. Order now and we'll have them ready for quick pick up. $3.25 each 4" pot. Here's a look at last year's beautiful blooms!

Please save the date for our annual Geranium ๐ŸŒบ & Bake Sale ๐Ÿงon May 18th. If you would like to place an order in advance ...
04/19/2019

Please save the date for our annual Geranium ๐ŸŒบ & Bake Sale ๐Ÿงon May 18th. If you would like to place an order in advance of the sale, let us know right here on Facebook or call ๐Ÿ“ž the number on the flyer. All funds raised help support the Society in it's efforts to keep the history of Vincentown & Southampton alive! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

03/25/2019
BSA Troop 31 Car Show

BSA Troop 31 Car Show

Troop 31 17th Annual Car Show, Saturday, May 4, 2019 (Rain date Sunday, May 5, 2109) NEW LOCATION! Southampton School #2 Parking Lot

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Full shot of check I sent yesterday when I worked at Francis C Stokes in Vincentown. 821/2 hours $57.88 Social Security .66. Would the Historical Society want the check. Not important history but old. Rick
This picture is from a 1946 Moorestown H.S. Yearbook. In August of 1947 I worked at the Francis C. Stokes loading boxes filled with cans on the line to be filled with tomato juice. Morning to night the process went on. Met people from all over Burlington ,Co. They even had young boys from the Four Mile circle home for children, giving them a chance to learn and experience working. I rode from Moorestown on my motorcycle that I just bought a week before in Camden. Also shown is a scan of one of my paychecks that had earned. 821/2 hours. I live in Delran but wood drive over to Joe Browns butcher for the freshly cut meat. Rick
Am researching John Haines and Coaxen town of Chief Himmikon anyone of knowledge of subject matter greatly appreciated. Trying to find locale of Hay Landing and Bally Bridge over Cotoxsing Creek . Also John Haines genealogy states he bought his 2240 acre tract off Chief We-Sosig. Believe this to be Himmitkon alias King Charles. Also the actual address of old Gen William Irick house near old Coaxen. My landline is 740-862-6194.
Found this aerial photo in my family archives. The back says Charles Green's Farm, Vincentown, NJ. Not sure if this farm still exists today?
Ansectry/Genealogy Post: I am looking for anyone who may have a photo of my Great-Great Grandmother. Not sure if one exists. Her name and information: Name: Martha L. Dubell S*x: F Birth: 10 OCT 1882 in Vincentown,N.J. Death: 11 APR 1910 Florence NJ Husband Valentine Maloney Any information would be helpful. Thank You.
Rancocas Creek Water Trail Mile 24 - 28. Word to the wise. Paddling below Centerton Bridge is open tidal water paddling. txs carolyn, peter and others who helped w Lower Rancocas. And its just starting.... https://rcnwt.com/blog/ Zap back any questions
Vintage Base Ball coming to Central and South Jersey. Vintage Base Ball is a pastime, with its beginnings and progressions mimicking those that occurred in America over 160 years ago. Teams competing today wear period reproduction uniforms, use period authentic equipment and follow baseball rules from the 19th century in order to accurately present the history of baseball to the public.
1903-Aunt Hannahโ€™s Quilting Party-Vincentown Town Hall!
1948-Vincentown May Day.
Hi I an trying to find some information regarding an estate agents business that used to be based in Brunswick Place - they were called Phillips and Lane. My fathers uncle so my great Uncle Sidney Lane was a founder of the business It was sold in the early 1970's to Whiteheads who I believe went on to become Fox and sons I would particularly like a copy of their logo Any help would be greatly appreciated
Our Company just built a platform for historical societies websites. Please have a look at http://huron.getarchive.net as a case. We wonder if Southhampton Historical Society has media to publish on its own domain/subdomain?
Presentation was very informative and interesting. As a new Nj resident was much appreciated