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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 7; 11 am - 3 pm   (Closed October 6)

 November 3 and 4; 11 am - 3 pm

 

Lectures

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 > The Secret Life of Mummers

You may wear many hats in your life, but have you ever worn a Mummer’s hat? Your chance comes on Tuesday, March 31, when the Shipman Mansion Foundation in Edgewater Park hosts The Secret Life of Mummers: Tradition; Family and Commitment. Alan Visitacion has been a Mummer for 35 years and is in the Mummer’s Hall of Fame with the Woodland String Band, with which he has played the alto saxophone for the last quarter century. Visitacion, from Edgewater Park, will bring Mummer costumes and head gear – which he has offered to make available for photos, should you choose to wear one. In a program that promises to visit all that New Year’s Day jargon, Visitacion will explain “2-Street,” demonstrate the Mummer’s Strut and identify the many Mummer “divisions” while focusing on the history of string bands. It turns out that there are some important rules for those parading through Philadelphia, which he will explore. And the parade has had many routes, which he’ll trace in a program that promises something new for everyone, including music. Oh, dem golden slippers! The Secret Life of Mummers begins at 7 p.m. at the Shipman Mansion, 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park. With this event, The Shipman Mansion Foundation begins its third year of free programs for the public. The next program, Preparing for a Solo Offshore Passage, will be April 28 and will introduce sailors, armchair and actual, to the many steps that one should undertake to prepare sailboat and self for a singlehanded blue-water voyage. Speaker Doug Campbell has completed two singlehanded voyages to Bermuda as well as numerous coastal passages. The Shipman Mansion Foundation was formed to introduce the community to local history and the cultural roots of the area while raising funds to preserve the Shipman Mansion, which is on the state and federal Registers of Historic Places. Admission is always free and deserts are provided. Tax-deductible donations to the Shipman Mansion Foundation are encouraged and will be accepted during the program.