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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

 

Lectures

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 roof is done!!!!!! The Shipman Mansion was the recipient of a $12,000 grant from The 1772 Foundation and a Sandy Disaster Relief Grant for Historic Properties from the National Park Service and the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust, in the amount of $295,870. We are very grateful for these grants that enabled us to restore the roof and drainage systems. We also have raised about $16,000 in direct appeal and various fundraisers. Now that the roof is repaired and the leaks are sealed, extensive repair will be needed to restore parts of the interior that are water-damaged.  Once those interior repairs are complete, attention will be focused on the exterior, which needs repairs made to the foundation, the wood trim and painting.   

The Shipman Mansion also received a grant from the American Alliance of Museums entitling us to a peer review from a very experienced museum director. Our peer reviewer came from the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa. and provided us with a wealth of suggestions and ideas. Thank you Molly Lowell! Here are some pictures of our restored roof