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 > Rescue of the Bounty

On October 29, 2012, the tall ship Bounty sank in the fringes of Hurricane Sandy 90 miles offshore from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The captain, Robin Walbridge was lost at sea. One crew member, Claudene Christian, 42, was found floating in a survival suit and was pronounced dead. Fourteen other crew members were rescued through the heroic efforts of Coast Guard aviators. The ship did not have to be lost. The captain had decided to sail toward the approaching hurricane rather than remain in port in Connecticut even though forecasters had warned that this was the most massive storm geographically ever to come up the east coast. There was only one real question to answer once the rescue and recovery efforts were completed: Why did a well-respected tall ship captain make that fated voyage? Authors Michael J. Tougias and Douglas A. Campbell set out in the weeks immediately after that disaster to answer that question. The result is their book, Rescue of the Bounty, published by Scribners and released April 1. On April 30, Campbell will present the findings of the book and sign copies during a program at the Shipman Mansion at the Red Dragon Canoe Club, one of a series of free monthly events hosted by the non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation. Other recent Shipman events have featured Don Wood’s talk about the historic Coopertown Meeting and Cemetery and Paul Schopp’s “Rollin’ on the Rancocas” program about steamships on the Rancocas Creek. Campbell, a 20-year Red Dragon member and the club’s current commodore, will discuss Bounty’s fascinating captain, Robin Walbridge, and trace his eventful life and the unique personality that led him to steer the popular Bounty, manned by a largely inexperienced crew, toward Sandy. The program will include a reading from the book and a question and answer session. The Bounty talk begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and, like all other Shipman programs, is admission free. The Shipman Mansion and Red Dragon Canoe Club are at 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park, 08010. There will be free desserts during intermission.