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The Church Landing Road Museum: My What a Beautiful Feeling

My Oh My, You'll have a splendid day at the Church Landing Road Museum! Contains a museum of the infamous Riverview Beach Amusement Park, too!

Church Landing Farm Museum & Library
86 Church Landing Road
Pennsville, NJ

"The Farmer Is The Only Man In Our Economy Who Buys Everything At Retail, Sells Everything At Wholesale, And Pays The Freight Both Ways."-John F. Kennedy

Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye,
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine coming my way at the Churchlanding Farm Museum on this special day!

I arrived at the annual Christmas Open House. It was beautifully decorated in a Christmas Victorian fashion with a display of "Plasticville" which is on a lot of old time collector's lists! They also offered various baked goods with recipes. Including Civil War cookies and desserts and a traditional Swedish recipe of hot Wassail! Ummm, yummy for the Yummygal! (she loves her food that one.)

At my age, only 3 things can make me go running. When someone yells,

"Fire!",

"Free Food!", or

"The free food's on fire!"

Next Year, check out the Christmas Open House!

This Gothic Revival Farmhouse architecture is nestled on the enchanting Delaware River. Wonderful views and a charming site.

The farmhouse was once owned by the Garrison/Locuson family. Daniel Garrison was once a NJ Congressman and resided on the property.  His son, Daniel J. and wife Rebecca built the gothic revival estate. He is buried with his wife Rebecca at St. George's Cemetery (right down the street). St. George's church is one year shy of turning 300 years old.

Owned by the Pennsville Historical Society. This place packs in 5 acres of pure enjoyment. The Church Landing Museum offerings are a floating cabin which was built in Pennsville in the 1800s, a tour of the house with period furniture (really neat), gift shop, weaving room with carriage house, outhouses, Victorian garden and what I LOVED most of all the Riverview Beach Park Museum.

In the Weaving Room/Carriage museum (Townsend Annex) a woman was weaving and telling the history in how textiles were made of a century ago. The Riverview Beach museum was my favorite. It holds old artifacts and pictures of the late amusement park that was located at current Riverview Beach Park.

I was knocked to my knickers since I am fascinated with old theme parks that were located on the Delaware River of a century ago.

Museum hours are generally Wednesdays and Sundays from 1pm-3pm. Please check with the museum in regards to their library hours. The outside grounds are open daily and has become a popular bird-watching site due to its location along the Delaware River.

Annually, they hold special events such as the Christmas Open House I attended. There is a Farm Day each spring offering demonstrations of weaving and canning. Also, pony rides for the kids and a Civil War Encampment.

In any event, the docents that volunteer their time are very welcoming. The Church Landing Museum is worth ferreting out in our South Jersey area. Maybe learn a little history too!

We will close our story to the rest of the Zippity Do Dah song. Seems fitting since it is a great bird-watching site too!

"Mister blue bird's on my shoulder,
it's the truth,
it's actual,
everything's satisfactual!
Zippity doo dah,
zippity aye,
zippity doo dah,
zippity aye!"

My Oh My, You'll have a splendid day here!

Side Note: The museum is closed until Sunday, March 10th. With a program in the Towsend Building which will be the highlight! Become a Member they are always welcome.

Until Our Next Adventure!
 -The Yummygal

 

You can follow the Yummygal throughout South Jersey at www.yummygal.wordpress.com. She goes on various adventures and discovers our unique history of our state, plus fun things to do! It is updated three times a week!

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