Friday, January 1, 1999

Burlington County Historical Society

451 High Street
Burlington City, NJ
08016-4514
(609) 386-4773
FAX (609) 386-4828

What famous American author created the characters Hawkeye and Natty Bumpo? Who uttered the immortal words "Don't give up the ship!" during heated battle in the War of 1812? Is it true that jinrickshaws, man-powered carriages, were produced in Burlington, New Jersey and exported to the Orient? These answers to these questions await you at the Burlington County Historical Society!

Learn many facinating facts as you tour the Society's complex including the Bard-How House, the James Fenimore Cooper House, and the Captain James Lawrence House, complete with period furnishings and decorative arts, and the Aline Wolcott Museum Galleries featuring "Ingenuity and Craftsmanship: The Culture of Production in Burlington County." The Society also owns the Collins-Jones House, currently being restored.

Expand your knowledge of local history by spending an afternoon in the Society's Delia Biddle-Pugh research library and archives. Utilize the Society's collections of historical photographs, maps, manuscripts and deeds to investigate the history of this unique county or trace your own family's Burlington County roots via census records and local newspapers available on microfilm. The library's collections also include record books from Atsion, papers of the Abolition Society, and the James Fenimore Cooper collection.

Access to the Society's museum galleries and research library in the Corson Poley Center is $3.00 ($1.50 for children 12 and under). The Society is open from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday.

40-minute guided tours of the Society's three period houses are available for $3.00 ($1.50 for children 12 and under), beginning every 50 minutes during the hours the Society is open. Both options are available for a combined price of $5.00 ($2.50 for children 12 and under). Visit the Society's welcome center at 451 High Street, Room 101, to get started.

The Society's Gift Shop is open during regular tour hours and features a selection of books (including exhibit catalogs for the Society's permanent and temporary exhibitions), reproduction antique jewelry, Williamsburg pottery, tinware, woven coverlets and much more.

The Society presents numerous programs, events, tours and exhibits throughout the year, many open to the public, others restricted to members. For more information on facilities, programs, tours or membership, call, e-mail or visit the Society.

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