Friends of Historic Vineland

Friends of Historic Vineland Where Local History Comes Alive. The Friends of Historic Vineland is a non-profit corporation founded in 1997 by a group of local volunteers seeking ways to educate the community and celebrate their hometown in the shadow of Charles K.

Landis’ vision of a model city.

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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by th...
05/31/2021

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy

Happy New Year 2021!(Victorian era greeting card)
12/31/2020

Happy New Year 2021!
(Victorian era greeting card)

Happy New Year 2021!
(Victorian era greeting card)

Merry Christmas!The Road, Winter, a Currier & Ives hand colored Lithograph from 1853. It depicts Nathaniel Currier and h...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas!
The Road, Winter, a Currier & Ives hand colored Lithograph from 1853. It depicts Nathaniel Currier and his wife in their favorite sleigh.

Merry Christmas!
The Road, Winter, a Currier & Ives hand colored Lithograph from 1853. It depicts Nathaniel Currier and his wife in their favorite sleigh.

Happy Mother's Day!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Easter!
04/13/2020

Happy Easter!

Call for articles . . .
04/02/2020

Call for articles . . .

Attention, authors! Although the current health crisis has altered the way we live, the annual issue of the Vineland Historical Magazine--which will be published in December 2020--is currently being organized. While the theme of this year's magazine will be on the arts (literature, music, painting, etc.), we are interested in stories on any aspect of regional history. If you would like to share your thoughts on your experiences of sheltering at home, we would certainly be open to such an article since it is historically significant! We can't afford to pay you but you will receive two free copies of the magazine to share with your loved ones. For further information, please e-mail us at [email protected].

FYI--God's comforts be with the Dr. Frank DeMaio (founder and president of the Friends of Historic Vineland) family in t...
04/01/2020

FYI--God's comforts be with the Dr. Frank DeMaio (founder and president of the Friends of Historic Vineland) family in the loss of their beloved wife and mother. A most gracious and generous lady who will be greatly missed.

Grace Marlene (Landrum) DeMaio, 87, passed away at Samaritan Center Hospice in Voorhees on March 19, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones. Her kindness, selflessness, patriotism, and loving smile will be sorely missed. Grace was born on November 23, 1932 in Englewood, NJ to Mabel Cecilia (Reed) and Carl Oscar Landrum, an engineer and US Navy veteran in the Submarine Corps. Her parents’ ancestors immigrated to America from Ireland during the Potato Famine. She and her sister, Mary Ivadelle, helped her parents in their convenience store until she and her mother moved to Wood Street in Vineland in 1949. A majorette at Vineland High School and nicknamed “Landy” she was known for her lightness of heart and twinkling smile. She was an active class member and later attended virtually every class reunion. After graduation in 1951, she worked at Top O Mart Clothing as a bookkeeper and secretary. Grace met her future husband, Frank, while he was in medical school, on a blind date, with Judy and Conie Gallo. They married at Sacred Heart Church on Sept 14, 1957. She was a Vineland resident for over 65 years.

A breast cancer survivor, Grace was well known for her keen memory, many talents, and fascination with birds. A lifelong student, she took cooking and cake decorating courses, as well as classes in accounting, needlepoint, swimming, dancing, and tennis. She was an agile ice skater, dancer, and bowler. Grace loved historical novels. Her circle of friends formed an investment club and studied the Wall Street Journal and other financial publications. Their investments with monopoly money far outdid the returns of the families’ advisors! Grace supported many charities for the needy and was a member of Catholic Daughters. A pet lover, she cared for a menagerie over the years with feral cat Camille being her most recent snuggle buddy. She never missed a birthday or special occasion; all without the benefit of a smart phone. Grace was responsible for continuing and starting many family traditions, most centered on holidays, special occasions, and anniversaries.

Grace shared travels with her family and friends. Two of her most favorite trips were with her sister, Mary, to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and Ireland. She visited Italy to meet her in-laws. Her farthest journey was to China to visit her son Francesco and then daughter-in-law Gail (Getsinger) Branc in China. Her trips with June and Norman Cohen to Cape May, Hollywood, and Florida were a constant source of pleasure. She later explored fascinating locations as her daughter’s guest while escorted by son Frank with the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Grace is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank. She was the proud mother of three children (all VHS graduates): Marlene Grace, Francesco, and Frank Nicholas. All are respected professionals who each have hobbies, too. Grace was predeceased by her parents; her sister Mary Ribaudo, well as her in-laws Genoveffa and Francesco DiMaio and Mary and Salvatore Chiofalo. Grace is also survived by Candida “Connie” (DeMaio) and James “Doug” Logan; cousin Josephine (Tondreaux) Lunness; nieces Mary Sharon (Waylen) Bedrosian, Carol Logan and Kent Lew, Roberta (Chiofalo) Uniglicht; nephews Edward Mark Waylen, Salvatore and Lucy Chiofalo, and James “JD” Logan. Other special surviving relatives include the Krasnovs Carolee and Jim, as well as Christopher Chiofalo and Stephanie Chiofalo. She leaves behind many grandnieces and grandnephews. Her family extends sincere thanks to all those who showed care and concern in her several last years particularly Alice Weiss, Paula Hirsch, Kathy Oviedo, and Ms. Oviedo’s family.

Due to the pandemic and New Jersey state regulations, a private visitation occurred at Rone Funeral Service on Friday, March 27, 2020 followed by internment at Siloam Cemetery in Vineland. A celebration of her life and Catholic Mass will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made in her memory to: The Samaritan Center, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053, Attn: Development Office, (856) 552-3205 (samaritannj.org/giving/donate-now/); Christ the Good Sheppard Parish, 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland, NJ 08361, (856) 691-4490; or South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, Vineland, NJ, (856) 691-1500 (southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/donate/inmemory/). Grace liked people to have choices. Please share a smile in her honor.

To send online condolences please visit our website www.ronefuneralservice.com

03/31/2020

‼️ANNOUNCEMNT CONCERNING VINELAND FOUNDERS DAY 2020‼️

Due to the current national and regional situation with the Corona Virus, and recomended safety measures being extended until April 30th, today The Palace of Depression Restoration Association and Friends of Historic Vineland had to make the reluctant decision to cancel Vineland Founders Day 2020 (which was scheduled to be held at The Palace on May 16, 2020).

Preparing The Palace site for Founders Day takes several weeks and a small army of Volunteer’s from multiple organizations. With recomended safety measures concerning the Corona Virus being extended through April 30th, there is simply no possible way we would be able to properly prepare The Palace site for the event.

In substitution of Founders Day, we will however be working on some dates to re-open The Palace to the Public after the current national and regional safety measures concerning the Corona Virus are lifted. We will announce those dates accordingly when able to.

Thank You,
Kevin J. Kirchner
President
Palace of Depression Restoration Association

03/22/2020

The Friends of Historic Vineland and The Palace of Depression Restoration Association would sadly like to express our sincere condolences to the DeMaio Family and our own Dr. Frank DeMaio on the passing of his wife Grace this past Thursday. Grace had been suffering from Alzheimers Disease for the past several years and passed away from complications of the disease peacefully surrounded by her Family. We would like to wish Dr. DeMaio and his Family great strength and prayers in this extremely difficult time. Grace will truly be missed by all of us here at The Friends of Historic Vineland and The Palace.

Mary Simmons Watson shared this interesting account of surviving the flu in Vineland in 1918. Sounds like an encounter w...
03/02/2020
Antonio Grillo | Pandemic Influenza Storybook | CDC

Mary Simmons Watson shared this interesting account of surviving the flu in Vineland in 1918. Sounds like an encounter with angels . . .

An Immigrant’s Tale, Many people fled war-ravaged Europe during WWI and several came to America. In addition to adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language, recent immigrants also had to cope with a deadly flu pandemic. Even for those who had settled in the United States before the Grea...

This is Shirley Temple. The biggest box office draw in mid-late 1930s Hollywood. Remember her. You will need to know thi...
02/29/2020

This is Shirley Temple. The biggest box office draw in mid-late 1930s Hollywood. Remember her. You will need to know this to complete the History Scavenger Hunt at Vineland Founder's Day on Saturday, May 16th, at the Palace of Depression, 265 S. mill Road in Vineland. Some people had trouble with this one last time.

Does anyone else remember her or just me?

We're celebrating 159 years of Vineland history in the city founded by visionary Charles K. Landis in the middle of wild...
02/19/2020

We're celebrating 159 years of Vineland history in the city founded by visionary Charles K. Landis in the middle of wilderness wasteland in South Jerey in 1861.

Seventy-five years later, George Daynor bought a wasteland junkyard in the middle of Vineland sight unseen during the early years of the Great Depression of the 1930s. He and his wife Florence chose to make something from nothing out of the junk cement and car parts he found, creating the Palace of Depression, a tourist attraction curiosity for over 30 years.

Now, newly restored with an adjecent museum, The Friends of Historic Vineland have a new home for the annual Vineland Founder's Day on Saturday, May 16 from 10:00am til 3:30pm. Palace tours all day and a host of history exhibits and Civil War reenactors plus strolling entertainer Bill Kerwood will delight family audiences all day. Food vendors and SHUTTLE BUS for extra parking is available at this FREE EVENT at 265 S. Mill Road in Vineland. More details to follow!

In 1883, Laura Foote's mother presented her daughter with this volume of Elizabeth Barrett Browning poetry, beautifully ...
02/12/2020

In 1883, Laura Foote's mother presented her daughter with this volume of Elizabeth Barrett Browning poetry, beautifully incribed to her. We received the following message from the current steward of the book who is in search of a descendant of Laura's, hoping to return it to the original family:

"Good morning.. I’m not part of your group but I’ve had this book for some time.. I live in North Cape May and bought it at a yard sale a few years ago.. I would love to see it back with her family if there are any still in the area.. Perhaps you could share it? Thank you.. PS.. It’s a book of Emily Barrett Browning poetry.."

If you know who this family might be, please comment below.

Great story about the restoration of the Palace of Depression in Vineland--the NEW venue for our annual Vineland Founder...
02/09/2020
100 Year Remodel - SJ Magazine

Great story about the restoration of the Palace of Depression in Vineland--the NEW venue for our annual Vineland Founder's Day coming up this May 15-16! This year we'll have a SHUTTLE BUS to accommodate everyone since our facility parking is limited. SAVE THE DATE!!

The legendary Palace of Depression was mostly torn down by 1960, but after decades of donations and rebuilding, the junk-yard palace is open again.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
12/31/2019

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!(German Christmas card from 1910)
12/25/2019

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
(German Christmas card from 1910)

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
11/28/2019

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

This reminded me of the opening chapters in an antique book I found, the Heiress of Sweetwater, set in the Pinelands of ...
11/25/2019

This reminded me of the opening chapters in an antique book I found, the Heiress of Sweetwater, set in the Pinelands of our Jersey Shore in the south. The author describes in minute detail a rescue like this. Fascinating read. Fascinating bit of our local history.

Practicing with the Lyle Gun. The gun, created before the Civil War, by David Lyle, a West Point and MIT alum, is responsible for saving thousands of lives along the NJ shoreline. Most lives were lost with shipwrecks close to land, but unreachable by a row boat due to the horrific seas that drove the ship ashore. The Lyle Gun was part of a system of sending a series of lines to a ship-then when a large enough cable was attached from ship to land, the terrified passengers were sent in a Breeches Buoy, attached to the cable, to the safety of shore. Shipwrecks more than 600 feet from shore required lifeboats and trained crews. It was not unusual to see Lyle Gun teams practicing along the New Jersey Shore, from the late 19th century to the early 20th. Enjoy. Cheers. Emil

10/29/2019
The Palace of Depression

So, this is happening! Limited time this fall--PALACE OF DEPRESSION TOURS! Volunteers will be conducting tours on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons the first 3 weeks in November. The Frank DeMaio History Center will be open and Palace tours with guides from 11am to 3pm. The grounds are open for strolling. Tickets available at the door. Donations always accepted!

‼️ANNOUNCEMENT‼️

IF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS WOULD LIKE TO SEE OR TOUR THE PALACE

The Palace of Depression and Dr. Frank DeMaio History Center will be OPEN to the public for Tours from 11am-3pm (weather permitting) on the following weekends in November:

Sat & Sun/ November 2 & 3
Sat & Sun/ November 9 & 10
Sat & Sun/ November 16 & 17

Admission will be $10 (cash only) with all proceeds going towards maintenance and improvements at The Palace. Donations are also accepted. Tours of the interior of The Palace will be given approximately every 30 minutes by Palace of Depression Restoration Association President Kevin J. Kirchner.

We are still working hard to fully open the site (on a regular basis) to the public and these weekend soft openings will help us improve things from an operational stand point on what we will need on a daily basis to open regularly. Please come out and support The Palace and help us improve things👍🏻.

Film Alliance at the Palace this week! More details to come.
10/16/2019

Film Alliance at the Palace this week! More details to come.

So even though we are still closed to the Public, and without giving away too much, the rumors you read about in the news were true.

Tonight at The Palace we hosted Ray Mamrak and The South Jersey Film Alliance for a film shoot. While we can’t give away too much about the film, we can say that the band Five Finger Death Punch stopped in also for some scenes. There’s more to come with South Jersey Film Alliance and The Palace so stay tuned.........👍🏻🎬🎥

So sick about this total mismanagement of an historical gem that had so much potential for refit and the preservation of...
09/04/2019

So sick about this total mismanagement of an historical gem that had so much potential for refit and the preservation of a much loved historical building that had been a center of our community for decades.

We rode down State Street yesterday and had a moment of silence for what we saw there. Too sad for words.

More milestone completions on the Palace. Great job, Kevin and Chris!
06/24/2019

More milestone completions on the Palace. Great job, Kevin and Chris!

And we finally finished the last chimney and spire on the Porch of The Palace.

More news from the Palace!
06/08/2019

More news from the Palace!

The last Chimney flue on the stream side porch is now up through the roof and flashed. Doesn’t look like much now but we’ll have it completed and looking like the other one, Spire and all in no time👍🏻

Bless him! Ernie Marcacci back helping at the Palace. Did you see all his splendid birdhouses he handmade and mounted th...
06/08/2019

Bless him! Ernie Marcacci back helping at the Palace. Did you see all his splendid birdhouses he handmade and mounted throughout the grounds at Founder's Day?

Last week one of our long time dedicated Volunteers began coming back out again to help after being sidelined due to an accidental fall a few years ago. Vineland’s one and only Ernie Marcacci. Ernie turns 89 this coming week and is still going strong and loves spending time at The Palace. Although we don’t let him get up on the scaffold anymore, we are more than happy to have him back and see him still pushing along at 89 harder than most people half his age👍🏻.

Remembering Vineland's own Sears store at Landis & Delsea. Great memories shopping there with family knowing many friend...
05/30/2019
A Brief Chronology of 'Sears', America’s Biggest Retailer in 20 Stunning Photos

Remembering Vineland's own Sears store at Landis & Delsea. Great memories shopping there with family knowing many friends and relatives who worked there.

History A Look Back At Sears Department Store: How The Iconic American Brand Changed Retail History May 21, 2019   Elizabeth Crum It may be hard for some to imagine that Sears was once the largest and most successful retailer in the world. The Sears catalog helped shape consumerism of the 20th cen...

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Rest easy Doc 🙏 - Your devotion to our area & love for our history will never be forgotten. You will be deeply missed & always loved.
Looking for any info on the Congregational church, later sold to Catholics, with a Village cemetery, on Arbor ave, North Vineland 1870-1915. It is no longer there.
A few years ago I saw the original map of Siloam Cemetery at their office. Recently someone posted it on Facebook. I am working on a document on Vineland in the Civil War and want to include this map. I went to Siloam's office, and they no longer can find it. Does anyone know where the original went or who posted it?
Originating in England, the American branch, or Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was established in 1819 by five English immigrants. The Order was once the largest fraternal society in the US, outnumbering the Masonic and Elk orders in the late 1800’s. Hobah Lodge #122 chartered on June 14, 1867. The members built a lodge hall at 6th and Landis Ave, on July 1, 1901. The first floor was used for commercial shops, while the upper levels were used for the lodge hall. Hobah Lodge celebrated its 100th anniversary May, 1967. The charter members Henry Stevens, Dr. Charles R. Wiley, Walter H. Blake, and I. A.Disbrow. The lodge is no longer active in Vineland, but there are still a host of lodges through out the state of New Jersey, the nation and worldwide; with a growing number of younger members reviving the Order in the US. www.ioof.org
Hello Friends of Historic Vineland, Here is a photo of a couple of members of the Barse family along with what I assume are probably fellow Vinelanders. I was wondering if anybody knew who the two gentlemen in the center are and the gentleman all the way to the left
Did they ever move Newcomb's grave or is he still buried amongst the weeds and overgrowth in the parking lot of the Newcomb Hospital?
Very cool picture of George Daynor's wife recently acquired by the Palace of Depression Museum. Check out their page for the latest updates!
I hosted the vintage hat shoppe display at Founder's Day 2018 this past May. Would love to do it again and experiment with these turban-hat ideas popular during WWII fashion rations.
I just love the rustic interior design of the Palace of Depression Museum due to open in 2019. The museum building is the gateway to touring the restored Palace and will house varied displays of Vineland history and a continuous looping slide show. The Palace grounds will become the permanent home for Vineland's annual Founder's Day the 3rd Saturday in May. Stay tuned for more details.
A bit of Vineland history and American Christan history wrapped up in Dr. Welch's story.
Yay! Making plenty of room for parking which will come in handy for Founder's Day 2019!
More exciting progress on the Palace . . .