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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 1-4 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.  

 NOTICE - DUE TO ONGOING RESTORATION, THERE WILL NOT BE AN OPEN HOUSE IN APRIL.  THE FIRST OPEN HOUSE IN 2019 WILL BE ON MAY 4.

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2019 EVENTS

April 24, 2019 - 7 pm  Lecture by Dan Cashin  (tours start at 6 pm) - 

Most of them have disappeared, but at one time the shipyards along the Delaware River clanged, boomed, hissed and whistled with the labor of thousands of `workers whose efforts produced commercial and naval vessels that circled the world and were victorious in far-flung engagements.

Dan Cashin, a shipyard rigger (explanation to follow) with a passion for those long-lost yards, resurrects them at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Shipman Mansion, 221 Edgewater Park in his program Shipyards of the Delaware River. The program, which is free to the public, is presented by the charitable non-profit Shipman Mansion Foundation.

Dan trained and worked for 53 years at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and its successor, Aker Philly Shipyard, as a rigger. His job involved moving heavy objects during ship construction, “sort of like the guys who built the pyramids or erected Stonehenge,” he explains.

His talk will be illustrated by pictures of the famous ships built in yards along the Delaware River, including the U.S. Navy’s heavy cruiser Indianapolis, sunk by Japanese torpedoes  in 1945 with the loss of 880 crewmembers in the shark-infested Pacific, and the battleship New Jersey, now moored on the Camden waterfront, as well as numerous historic freighters.

Dan has stories as well of the workers who punched their time cards at those long lost yards, including Wendy the Welder, the Navy’s version of Rosie the Riveter, women who went to work during World War II. Most of the female shipyard workers were welders, Dan says.

Doors open at the Shipman Mansion at 6 p.m. for free tours.

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The restoration at The Shipman Mansion focused first on the roof to ensure a watertight structure and now has moved to the interior. The Roof - The roof restoration was a major effort and we are happy to announce that it is DONE! Through a combination of private donations (thank you!) and a 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, the slate roof with its rosettes is as beautiful as when it was new. Here are some pictures of our restored roof The Interior – The Shipman Mansion is also very grateful to have received donations (thank you!) and grants from The 1772 Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Trust that are being used to restore the interior and the windows. Attached are some before and after pictures. We are still in need of additional donations to complete the work that we hope to have completed by April 2019. Please see the Donations page if you would like to donate to the continued restoration of the Shipman Mansion. The Privy – The Shipman Mansion also received donations (thank you!) and a grant from the The New Jersey Cultural Trust to restore the historical privy on the property. The privy was described in the application for the National Register of Historic Places for the Red Dragon Canoe Club as a “double-sided, clapboarded outhouse. Capping the little building is a hipped roof. One side has two holes and the other side has three, and each side has its own entrance and window.” Below are some before and after pictures. As part of the grant, there was an archaeological investigation of the privy site.
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