Thursday, April 11, 2013
Gloucester County will develop an exhibit on yellow fever and midwifery as well as new signage for the Red Bank battlefield with the funds.
Gloucester County provided the following news release: The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Wednesday that the Whitall House at Red Bank Park is the recipient of two state grants totaling $7,380. Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the county received a $2,976 grant from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities for a new exhibit and speaker series about Yellow Fever and Midwifery, and a $4,404 grant from the New Jersey Historic Commission to support the researching, writing, and designing of new battlefield signage. “The Whitall House is a treasure in our region for history and education and thecounty is committed to providing programs that help tell the story of the Whitall’s and life during the 18th …
Friday, February 22, 2013
A small dig at the Whitall House uncovers several artifacts—some even prehistoric—at a battlefield mostly known for the Revolutionary War.
One by one, the objects materialized from the ground: ancient pottery, porcelain, a Colonial candlestick, even a 19th-century presidential button. A small archaeological dig unearthed big artifacts at the Whitall House Friday morning. The dig shed some light on these items, but helped make the house a little more convenient to tourists with the installation of a wheelchair accessible ramp. Within an hour, Pete Matranga and his crew from the URS firm had already dug to soil dating back 10,000 years. Digging a square hole, the crew carefully recorded the layers of soil and screened for artifacts. Matranga said the hole and several other pits dug previously yielded artifacts from the Colonial period and items predating settlers. “We have …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Whitall House will host the Candlelight Tour, complete with holiday activities, music and snacks.
Gloucester County's annual Candlelight Tour will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 starting at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 8 beginning at 3 p.m. It will be held at The James and Ann Whitall House, located at Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park. The tour will continue until 9 p.m. each night. This year's theme for the Candlelight Tour is Winter Wonderland. The event will feature hearth cooking, costumed guides and decorations from Ann Whitall Gardeners. On Saturday night, there will also be live music. The tour will also feature fun holiday activities for the kids, as well as hot cocoa and sweets. All of this weekend's activities are free to the public. For more information on this weekend's Candlelight Tour, you can visit the Gloucester …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Jennifer Janofsky will take on a fellowship with the aim of maintaining and promoting the Whitall House.
From the stone-walled kitchen to storerooms on the upper floors to the parlor that served as a makeshift battle hospital, the Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park radiates Revolutionary history. Now, it’ll have someone dedicated to bringing that story alive, as Jennifer Lawrence Janofsky was installed Monday as the first Megan Giordano Fellow as part of a partnership between Gloucester County and Rowan University. For the next 14 months, she will run a program that aims to bring interns from Rowan University to the Whitall House to help with marketing, event and programs coordination and other tasks. “A short-term goal would be, I think, to increase visibility,” said Janofsky. Some of her other goals are to …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Park rangers at Red Bank Battlefield say there's an unmistakable presence at the Revolutionary War home.
Cloaked in night, the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift, with its loneliness and heightened nerves, is eerie enough to be called the graveyard shift nearly everywhere, whether you're a janitor at a warehouse or a baker readying doughnuts for the breakfast rush. It's eerier still when you're a park ranger at Red Bank Battlefield. Rangers there have the 263-year-old Whitall House to watch over, and the onetime Revolutionary War battlefield hospital–or, more likely, given the mortality rate for wounded soldiers, the onetime charnel house–comes with its own set of haunts. “It's pretty creepy when you go in there overnight,” said Brian Collins, who's been a park ranger there for about six years. Collins has spent time on the winter graveyard shift, …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Revolutionary War-era home, the centerpiece of Red Bank Battlefield Park, should reopen within about three weeks.
The Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield Park has been temporarily closed by the county Department of Parks and Recreation as part of restoration work. Debra Sellitto, public information director for Gloucester County, said the closure is a precautionary measure, due to ongoing plaster repairs and the need to clean up mold found during work on the second floor. The repairs are part of a $136,254 grant from the state Historic Trust, which is also going toward making the Revolutionary War-era Georgian home more handicap-accessible. Red Bank Battlefield Park remains open during the Whitall House's closure, and the house should be reopened within about three weeks.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Analysis of four hours of video and voice footage will produce more substantial evidence.
Though it will be weeks before any concrete evidence is substantiated, Perceptive Paranormal Research (PPR) co-founders Chrissy Desjardins and Amanda Staszak have reason to believe there is paranormal activity at the Whitall House in Red Bank Battlefield Park after conducting an investigation Tuesday night. “The minute we walked in, I could feel it,” Desjardins said. “There was a lot of energy, and how could there not be?” “…It was that ‘elevator’ feeling where your equilibrium just didn’t feel steady,” Staszak said. “It did not seem eerie at all,” she continued. “It was very fascinating to be able to see a lot of the original artifacts…and to be standing in a room that held so much history.” Staszak said the building accurately portrayed …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The county freeholders granted permission to investigate the site Wednesday night.
When Amanda Staszak was just 9 years old, she spoke to a ghost for the first time. “Who are you?” she asked a man who sat perched at the end of her bed one night. “What do you want?” “Why are you sleeping?” he replied. “I’m not here to hurt you.” She had seen this ghost before, roaming around her backyard, but was petrified of him. Staszak spent many nights sleeping on her parents’ bedroom floor before she gathered the courage to confront the spirit, a man who had lived on the property in Washington Township long before the Staszak family. “I remember seeing pieces of his collapsed house scattered through the woods around my house,” she said. Staszak sought information about this gentleman, but “it was hard to get specific details about […
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Revolutionary War field hospital will see improvements in accessibility and restored finishes on the second floor.
Visitors to the Whitall House in Red Bank Battlefield Park can look forward to a more accessible and historically-restored building after National Park was awarded a capital preservation grant for work on the building, part of $10 million in legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie Monday. The 263-year-old Georgian home, which is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and is a designated National Historic Landmark, was granted $136,254 for restoration work, and was one of 58 sites across the state to receive a grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust. “From the Revolutionary War and the Underground Railroad to Thomas Edison and Alice Paul, New Jersey has been the nucleus of many of our nation’s most significant…