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



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 > Oystering on the Delaware

A year-round supply of fresh water from the Delaware River runs into the Delaware Bay below Salem, New Jersey, while at the same time fingers of salt water wash in from the ocean. This fine mixture gives birth in the upper reaches of the bay to that most wonderful of bivalves – the oyster. On Wednesday, May 28, Michael J. Chiarappa, associate professor of history at Quinnipiac University, will bring the history and biology of the Delaware Bay oyster to life in a talk in the Shipman Mansion at the Red Dragon Canoe Club, 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park. In the 7 p.m. free program, Dr. Chiarappa will reveal, in part, why Port Norris, New Jersey’s oyster capital, once claimed to have more millionaires per capita than any other community in the United States. Dr. Chiarappa’s research and teaching is focused in the areas of American environmental history, the history of America’s built environments and landscapes, American maritime history, and local/regional history. Michael J. Chiarappa received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is Associate Professor of History at Quinnipiac University. He is co-author of Fish for All: An Oral History of Multiple Claims and Divided Sentiment on Lake Michigan (2003), co-editor of Nature’s Entrepot: Philadelphia’s Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds (2012), and the author of articles focusing on vernacular landscapes, regionalism, and the use of natural resources in maritime environments. Dr. Chiarappa’s research and teaching is focused in the areas of American environmental history, the history of America’s built environments and landscapes, American maritime history, and local/regional history. He is also specializes in public history and formerly co-directed the Public History Program at Western Michigan University where he taught courses in historic preservation, documentation methods, and cultural resource management. He has conducted numerous field schools focusing on historic preservation, maritime preservation, museology, oral history, and local history and has worked on historic preservation, maritime preservation, and public history projects in the Middle Atlantic, New England, and Great Lakes regions, and in the Pacific Islands. A graduate of the Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies and a member of the Board of Directors of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, he has worked extensively with a variety of museums and government agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service The May program is one in a series of free monthly educational programs presented by the charitable non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation. As with all of the programs, dessert will be served and tours of the mansion will be offered.