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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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Photo Gallery > Detective Ellis H. Parker and the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case

Charles Lindbergh Jr., 20 months old, was kidnapped in March, 1932, and, with 68 more years left in the 20th Century, his abduction and murder became the “crime of the century.” On Wednesday, November 19, the crime will be resurrected at the Shipman Mansion in Edgewater Park. The free program, “Detective Ellis H. Parker and the Lindbergh Kidnaping Case”, begins at 7 p.m. Marisa Bozarth, museum attendant for the Historic Burlington County Prison Museum, will tell the story of Parker, whose career became entangled with the Lindbergh case and who had his own answers to the most hotly debated facets of the crime. Was it really Bruno Hauptman who stole the toddler from his crib in Hopewell Township, near Princeton? And was the frail body with the fracture skull that was identified as the son of the legendary aviator really that child? Bozarth will tell how, and why, Parker was able to secure a stay of execution for Hauptman; who Parker thought was the real kidnapper, and how his encounter with the case changed his law enforcement career forever. Bozarth, a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a degree in history, has worked for the Burlington County Division of Parks for 11 years, traveling across the county lecturing on historic topics. Her presentation at the Shipman Mansion, home to the Red Dragon Canoe Club, is the latest in a two-year-long series of educational programs produced by the non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation as part of its mission to preserve the cultural heritage of the community and the Delaware River. Admission is free, and desserts will be served following the presentation at 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park.