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221 Edgewater Avenue Edgewater Park, NJ 08010 Phone: 609-387-9847

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The Shipman Mansion is open for tours on the first weekend of the month during April - November from 11-3 on Saturday and Sundays.  For appointments at other times, please call 856-986-7969. 

The Shipman Mansion is located at 221 Edgewater Avenue in Edgewater Park, NJ.  

Upcoming Program Events

2018 Open House Dates:

 September 1 and 2; 11 am - 3 pm

 October 7; 11 am - 3 pm   (Closed October 6)

 November 3 and 4; 11 am - 3 pm

 

Lectures

October 24 - Tom Gilmore Adjusting Your Lifestyle to Include More Sailing, and Ways to Accomplish It.

Tom Gilmore built a 46-foot sailboat and raised his now PhD daughter on board. Before that, he sailed double-handed from the United States to England, France, the Mediterranean and back. Since then, he has rebuilt a $400,000 boat that he bought for $1,500.

Tom Gilmore is qualified to present the Shipman Mansion Foundation’s free Wednesday, October 24 program, Adjusting Your Lifestyle to Include More Sailing, and Ways to Accomplish It.

Professor Emeritus Thomas Gilmore spent more than three decades teaching classrooms full of rapt students at Gwynedd Mercy University before retiring two years ago. He now judges equestrian events while dividing his nautical time between his 28-foot cutter Blackbird  (the restoration project) and Kelte (the 46-footer.)

His recent voyages have taken him to Maine in the summer and the Florida Keys during winter months, with another winter in Florida aboard a small power boat that he towed behind his pickup.

The program at the Shipman Mansion, 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park, NJ, begins at 7 p.m., and includes a power point slide show that illustrates the adjustments Prof. Gilmore has made to turn his passion into reality.

The program is on in a series of monthly events produced by the charitable non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundations, whose mission includes restoration of the historic Shipman Mansion as well as the preservation, research and presentation to the public of the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of the region.

The Wednesday evening program is free to the public and will feature a dessert intermission.

Tours of the Shipman Mansion, which is listed on the state and federal registers of historic places,

will begin at 6 p.m. in the mansion, at 221 Edgewater Avenue.

 

 November 28 Lisa Schiller - An Educational Tour Through Burlington City’s Impact on Our Nation

First, it was the Waloons. Then the young Benjamin Franklin missed the boat, so to speak. Later, Bill Franklin, Ben’s son, dabbled in local politics, and much later, Oliver Cromwell, a decorated African-American veteran of the Revolutionary War, took up permanent residence, in a manner of speaking.

Perhaps you are unaware what ties these items together in one neat historical package?

If so, be present on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. when Lisa Schiller makes the connections in her program, An Educational Tour Through Burlington City’s Impact on Our Nation, at the Shipman Mansion in Edgewater Park.

Ms. Schiller, as part of her day job, guides walking tours for the City of Burlington. She brings the same stories to the Historic Shipman Mansion, including the purpose of George Washington’s visit and the work of Joseph Bloomfield, an early abolitionist and a military commander in the war of 1812. There’s the tale of the Burlington sea captain who inspired the phrase “Don’t give up the ship.” Another story explains why Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was absent when his commander in chief was assassinated.

The Shipman Mansion at 221 Edgewater Avenue, is listed on the state and federal Registers of Historic Places and is home to the Red Dragon Canoe Club. The charitable non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation hosts Ms. Schiller’s talk, the latest in a series of free programs that include summer concerts on the mansion lawn.

The program is free to the public. Light desserts will be served. The Shipman Mansion Foundation was created to restore the mansion, a prime example of Second Empire architecture, and to investigate, preserve and present to the public the cultural, architectural and maritime history of the area.

 

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The Shipman Mansion Foundation is dedicated to the research and preservation of the architectural, maritime, and cultural history of the Shipman Mansion for the purpose of sharing with, and enhancing the community’s understanding of the diverse history of the area.

The Shipman Mansion, a Second Empire style home, was built around 1869 on the banks of the Delaware River.   It is listed on the New Jersey and federal registers of Historic Places. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to educating the public on the architectural, cultural and waterfront history of the Mansion property and surrounding region.

The Shipman Mansion is described in its National Register form as an “exquisite” and “majestic” example of Second Empire freestanding dwelling. The structure exhibits an `L' floor plan, three bays wide on all four sides of the main block, with a kitchen ell of the southeast corner that adds three bays to the east and west elevations.  The main block supports an excellent example of a slightly sloping mansard roof with a short convex curve to the roof edge. Square, fishtail and hexagonal-shaped slates were used for patterned decorative effect to the roof.  Red slate rosettes adorn the roof between the dormers. The kitchen ell features a low mansard to gambrel roof. A pentagonal stair tower is featured on the east façade, and extends the full height of the building. The stair tower roof has as many facets as the tower below, five slopes and one connecting to the house.  The original two-over-two windows on each retain their original shutters with curved tops, to match the arch in the window heads. The front porch, which spans the two western bays of the north façade, provides an ample vantage point from which to view the Delaware River.

Before moving to the Delaware Valley, Paul Shipman had been associate editor of Kentucky's Louisville Journal and was credited, in about 1860, with writing editorials that kept Kentucky neutral during the Civil War. Alice Shipman was the daughter of Col. W.H. Davidson, a wealthy banker who had business in Kentucky and Illinois; she was also an intimate acquaintance of Mary Todd Lincoln. The Shipmans moved into their new home overlooking the Delaware River in about 1871 upon their return from a two-year tour of Europe. Paul Shipman spent his time at the mansion writing articles for various national magazines. Alice Shipman bore them one daughter, who is believed to have pre-deceased her parents.

 Paul and Alice lived in their home until their deaths, two weeks apart, in 1917. The house remained unsold until 1924, when the Red Dragon Canoe Club bought the property as a new clubhouse. One of the oldest surviving active canoe clubs on the Delaware River, the Red Dragon had been formed in Camden, NJ, as a sporting club in 1883 and had moved twice before the group settled in Wissinoming. The Red Dragon's home in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia had been taken by eminent domain to make room for the construction of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge.

During its early years, the club had been known for its members who raced canoes and made hunting and fishing expeditions in the North Woods. Upon its arrival in Edgewater Park, the club evolved into a sailing organization. Its members held regattas, spectacles that filled the river with the white, triangular canvas of scores of small racing sailboats. Several Red Dragon members became national and world champion small boat sailors.

 Contact us at shipmanmansionfoundation@gmail.com