The Gloucester County Historical Society
17 Hunter Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096-4605
Museum Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm-4pm
Last Sunday of each month 2pm-5pm
"Unlocking our past by preserving and sharing our collections for the benefit of present and future generations" -Gloucester County Historical Society.
On this gorgeous Thursday winter day, the Yummygal stepped into this magnetic museum in Gloucester County. I was zippy zapped by what I saw!
Some "old-school" information on Gloucester County....
Early settlers describe Gloucester County as containing an abundant amount of tobacco that was growing everywhere. There were walnut, chestnut, peach, cypress, mulberry, and many other rare trees. The Delaware River reportedly had whales, sharks and sea spiders.
Gloucester County was enacted on May 26, 1686. It was named after Gloucester, England. It was very large! The county included present-day Atlantic and Camden Counties. Woodbury, New Jersey is now the county seat.
The house has had its share of interesting occupants over the last few Centuries.
Here to list a few notable residents of this museum:
- It has been the home of Reverend Andrew Hunter who was well-known as one of the "tea burners" at Greenwich, New Jersey, before the Revolutionary War.
- James Lawrence, he is probably best known today for his last words or "dying command" "Don't give up the ship!" Lawrence was an American naval officer. During the War of 1812, he commanded the USS Chesapeake in a single-ship action against HMS Shannon.
- John S. Jessup, Judge of the Common Pleas of Gloucester County. According to the book, Year Book, by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Jessup was an up-right jurist. He dealt with justice without fear or favor.
The museum called, The Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House.
The Gloucester County Historical Society has been around since 1903. Their mission is to preserve local history and artifacts of South Jersey. The Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup museum has a variety of collections ranging from military, to textiles, furniture, glass, early archaeological findings and much much more!
The research library has the largest genealogical collection in South Jersey. Become a member to use this precious repository!
The Gloucester County Historical Society is currently featuring an exhibit, Stitched Through Time: A Legacy of Quilts-Part II. It will run until, May 24, 2013.
The Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House is a knock-out! It is a must to visit in the local South Jersey area.
"Traveling down the Turnpike
heading for the shore
A thought just then occurred to me
I never thought before
I've been a lot of places
Seen pictures of the rest
But of all the places I can think of
I like Jersey best." - Lyrics from The song, I like Jersey best.
The best is the Gloucester County Historical Society!
"The Civil War: Echoes of New Jersey's Finest". The exhibit opens on July 15th 2013. It will highlight some letters from local soldiers from South Jersey. This exhibit is a real crowd pleaser!
Until our next adventure, my friends. ~The Yummygal
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