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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 1-4 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.  

 NOTICE - DUE TO ONGOING RESTORATION, THERE WILL NOT BE AN OPEN HOUSE IN APRIL.  THE FIRST OPEN HOUSE IN 2019 WILL BE ON MAY 4.

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2019 EVENTS

April 24, 2019 - 7 pm  Lecture by Dan Cashin  (tours start at 6 pm) - 

Most of them have disappeared, but at one time the shipyards along the Delaware River clanged, boomed, hissed and whistled with the labor of thousands of `workers whose efforts produced commercial and naval vessels that circled the world and were victorious in far-flung engagements.

Dan Cashin, a shipyard rigger (explanation to follow) with a passion for those long-lost yards, resurrects them at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Shipman Mansion, 221 Edgewater Park in his program Shipyards of the Delaware River. The program, which is free to the public, is presented by the charitable non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation.

Dan trained and worked for 53 years at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and its successor, Aker Philly Shipyard, as a rigger. His job involved moving heavy objects during ship construction, “sort of like the guys who built the pyramids or erected Stonehenge,” he explains.

His talk will be illustrated by pictures of the famous ships built in yards along the Delaware River, including the U.S. Navy’s heavy cruiser Indianapolis, sunk by Japanese torpedoes  in 1945 with the loss of 880 crewmembers in the shark-infested Pacific, and the battleship New Jersey, now moored on the Camden waterfront, as well as numerous historic freighters.

Dan has stories as well of the workers who punched their time cards at those long lost yards, including Wendy the Welder, the Navy’s version of Rosie the Riveter, women who went to work during World War II. Most of the female shipyard workers were welders, Dan says.

Doors open at the Shipman Mansion at 6 p.m. for free tours.

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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.