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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 6 and 7; 11 am - 3 pm

 November 3 and 4; 11 am - 3 pm

 

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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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The Shipman Mansion Foundation welcomes historian Paul W. Schopp back to Edgewater Park for his October 29 program on Timbuctoo, the slavery-era village near Mount Holly where fugitives made their homes. Beginning in the mid-1820s, four fugitive slaves from Maryland established the small enclave to offer a permanent residence for other runaways. No local people of color resided in Timbuctoo, as its founders reserved the land and dwellings for those who had slipped their shackles down south. The settlement grew and thrived, despite slave-catcher incursions, fugitive slave trials in Mount Holly, and the passage of the 1850 federal Fugitive Slave Law. In the Wednesday presentation at the Shipman Mansion – home of the Red Dragon Canoe Club – Schopp will use Powerpoint images to recreate the village and discuss the deprivations endured by its residents who, though they remained following the Civil War, had vanished from the landscape by 1920. Schopp, a professional historian who has documented local history for the past 40 years, became fascinated in 1990 with myriad black history topics in southern New Jersey and initiated documentary research into these topics. He has prepared or participated in preparing successful National Register of Historic Places nominations for Mount Peace Cemetery in Lawnside and Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church in Camden, both in Camden County; and Jacob’s Chapel and the Colemantown Meeting House in Mount Laurel, Burlington County. He also conducted exhaustive research and prepared a full history of Locust Hill Cemetery, a black burial ground located in Trenton, Mercer County. Schopp’s Timbuctoo program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mansion, 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park. One of a series of monthly educational and cultural programs presented by the Shipman Mansion Foundation, the event is free to the public and deserts will be served.