Historic Woodstown, NJ
Pilesgrove-Woodstown Historical Society

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42 North Main Street

Woodstown , New Jersey

Phone:  856-769-4588


Museum open:

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Walking Tour of Woodstown Historic District (PDF)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  May 2005 - Newsletter

September 2005 Newsletter (pdf)

November 2005 Newsletter (pdf)

May 2006 Newsletter (pdf)

September 2006 Newsletter (pdf)

March 2007 Newsletter (pdf)

May 2007 Newsletter (pdf)

September 2007 (pdf)

November 2007 (pdf)

Previous Program for your reference:
March 2004 Newsletter


OFFICERS FOR 2005

President..............................................William Aldrich
Vice President......................................Frank Stubbins
Recording Secretary.................................. Janet Turin
Corresponding Secretary...........................Marie Haaf
Membership.................................................Sue Allen
Treasurer.................................................... Deb Tierno

TRUSTEES

Marian Aldrich.....................................................2005
Connie Rosenberger...........................................2005
Ann Tatnall..........................................................2005
Howard Riegel.....................................................2006
Robert Brooks.....................................................2006
Charles Harrison................................................ 2006
Kenny Mack........................................................2007
Elizabeth Myers..................................................2007
Cheryl Valente....................................................2007

MEMBERSHIP

Annual Dues..................................................... .$20.00
Family Membership............................................$25.00
Individual Life Membership ................................$200.00
Sponsor............................................................ .$50.00

Please call Mrs. Sue Allen at 769-1147 for membership cards and information.

MUSEUM

Persons who have antiques or interesting articles that they might be willing to have on display, either as a loan or gift, may call Elizabeth Myers at 358-7853. The Society is also interested in any historical records or books.

OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY

"The object of this Society shall be:

Section 1. To acquire and preserve documents, records, and relics of Pilesgrove Township and Woodstown Boro. Section 2. To encourage the protection and preservation of the historical landmarks and points of interest within the County.

Section 3.   To encourage historical and genealogical research, and publication of its results.

Section 4. To make all information and acquisitions of the Society available to the public."

Article II of the Society constitution.


Tuesday, September 10, 2002

               Business Meeting at 7:30 P.M.

               Program at 8:00 P.M.

              Captain Donald Launer, of Forked River , New Jersey , will discuss his love of Maritime History and the Waters of New Jersey .  Captain Launer has cruised the east coast from Canada to Key West , the Bahamas , Virgin Islands , and the Mediterranean , writing about these cruises in international, national and regional periodicals.  He has been a contributing editor for several nautical books, as well as publishing his own book, A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters.  He is currently a contributing editor for Good Old Boat Magazine.

               Hosts & Hostesses:  Deb Goldschmidt, Janet Turin and Robert Brooks

 

      Tuesday, November 12, 2002

               Business Meeting at 7:30 P.M.

               Program at 8:00 P.M.

              Michael J. Dieser, Director of Operations of the New Jersey Ghost Research in Turnersville , New Jersey , will present a program on the Study of Ghosts through Scientific Research.  Mr. Dieser and his group collect data and try to match it with dates and events in history.  His research has included the Woodstown Hotel, the results of which he will share with us this evening.

               Hosts & Hostesses:  Frank Stubbins, Cheryl Valente and Ann Tatnall

 

      Friday, December 6, 2002

               26th Annual Candlelight Tour from 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

                    Chairpersons:  Trudi Hathaway   856-769-1241

 

      Tuesday, May 14, 2002

               Business Meeting at 7:30 P.M. at the Spencer U.A.M.E. Church , 314 Bailey Street

               Program at 8:00 P.M.

              The Reverend Serena Curtis, the current pastor, and Deacon Reggie Bounds will present a History of the Spencer Union American Methodist Episcopal Church.  They will discuss the history of the church, built in 1818, which was originally called "The Union Church of Africans of Baileytown."  In 1852 the name of the church was changed to its current name.  A tour of the building will be provided.

                  Hosts and Hostesses:  Marie Haaf, Charles Harrison, Karen Zoback and Deb Tierno

 

      Tuesday, March 12, 2002

               Covered Dish Dinner at Reliance Fire Company Hall at 6:30 P.M.

               Business Meeting at 7:30 P.M.

               Program at 8:00 P.M.

              Current Board member and Pilesgrove resident, Frank Stubbins, will present a program on the Making of a Glass Lily Pad Pitcher.  Frank has had an interest in and been a collector of early glass for about 35 years.  In early 1984 he had the opportunity to become a charter member of a small group of four men who wanted to learn the art of glassblowing.  Since 1986, the group has traveled around the five-state area doing glassblowing demonstrations.  Frank is dedicated to educating the public about a history and artform that he loves.

               Hosts & Hostesses:  Sue Allen, Elizabeth Myers, Howard Riegel and Matt Nowicki

November 7, 2001

      A representative from the State Archives Division will present a program detailing The Procedure for Tracing Family Genealogy and the resources available through the Division of Archives Records Management in Trenton .

 

September 12, 2001

              Jan Edwards, the present Mayor of Woodstown, will discuss the history of several Commercial Businesses of Woodstown and the Snelbaker Home.  This program will highlight many of the old stores including the former Opera house, operated by his father and brother; and the Snelbaker Home, currently a home for older women.  A tour of the residence will be provided.

 

May 22, 2001

               The Reverend Glenn Ferguson, the current pastor, will present a History of the Asbury United Methodist Church.  He will discuss the history of the church, constructed in the mid-1800s, and escort us on a tour of the building.  This program will be held at the church.

 

 

March 13, 2001

              John Musumeci, the current owner of the former Reeve and Brothers Shipyard property in Alloway, will discuss the Ship Building in Allowaystown.  He will review the history of the property from sawmill to shipyard, including the numerous vessels that were constructed there.  Among these were the Stephen Baldwin, built in 1839, which was the first commercial steamboat in America to be driven by an Ericson screw propeller in 1844.  Additional vessels include the steamer Columbus, built in 1847, which was the first steamboat to arrive in Sacramento , California , during the gold rush; and the Pons, which was launched in 1841, and was used in the slave trade.  John hopes others familiar with the property will be able to assist in filling some historical gaps.

 

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