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 6 and 7; 11 am - 3 pm

 November 3 and 4; 11 am - 3 pm



September 26 - Ed Leaf - Ship Models

Your opportunity has finally arrived to meet La Couronne. She will make an appearance September 26 at 7 p.m. at the Shipman Mansion in Edgewater Park.

She will be escorted by Edwin B. Leaf, who created this exquisite model of the 17th Century French warship and who, on previous occasions, has enthralled guests at his lectures both with the craftsmanship in dozens of his ship models as well as the fascinating details about their “lives”.

Ed Leaf’s book, Ship Modeling from Scratch, is the authority on museum-quaity model ship building. La Couronne is one of more than 160 models he has created over his lifetime of work.

La Couronne was the flagship of the French navy from 1610 until 1675. She fought in 25 major battles and, as Ed says, “looks like something that Walt Disney would have thought of.” He says she is beautiful.

Leaf’s encyclopedic knowledge of the history and construction of the ships he has modeled, and the stories, often humorous, he can tell about each vessel, propel his talk into the realm of entertainment.

For this program, Leaf will present models of military and commercial ships spanning the years from La Couronne up to and including World War II

Leaf’s models are on display at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. He has been commissioned to create models for the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. His book is in its 8th printing.

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.




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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.