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December 26, 2019

Before Penn: A Day in New Castle with Hal Taylor

So sometimes I really hate history people.  For example, whenever I read about the exploration and settlement of the Americas.  The people who did this are ADVENTURERS!  Sometimes they are PIRATES (err… PRIVATEERS)!  They are going into the UNKNOWN!  It’s DANGEROUS.  They could all DIE.  Often times THEY DO.  Early European settlers in the New World are the same situation.  These people had to be at least half crazy!  Yet crack open a book on this period and…

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I mean, they manage to make Henry Hudson getting launched into Hudson Bay in [...]

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December 2, 2019

Coffins Corner – Voorhees, NJ

Edward Winslow Coffin & Coffin’s Corner – History of Voorhees, NJ

From the 1857 Barnes map .

Updated: 12/2/19 – 2nd chance for the Coffin Tenant house!

The Coffin family can be traced back to 12th Century England, but entered into South Jersey history in the 1800s with William Coffin, whose father had come down from New England (where the family had roots going back to the Mayflower).  William Coffin became, among other things, the proprietor of the tavern at Long-a-Coming (now Berlin) before going into the glass making business.  As part of this business, he went on to found the towns of [...]

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December 1, 2019

Birch Grove Park – Northfield, NJ

 

Birch Grove Park – Northfield, Atlantic County, NJ Distance – unsure how many miles of trails, I did 3.1 miles total Type – Web of connecting loops Difficulty: 2 of 10

Website – City of Northfield Open – 9 AM to sunset

Terrain – forest and ponds Surface – mostly dirt trails

Trailheads – 39°22’32.89″N, 74°33’50.00″W

Directions – 1700 Burton Avenue, Northfield, New Jersey 08225

Parking – Very large lot

Dog friendly? “Pets are not permitted at the park. Service animals related to a person’s disability are always welcome.” Stroller [...]

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October 29, 2019

Palace of Depression – Vineland, NJ

Palace of Depression 265 S Mill Rd Vineland, New Jersey 08361

Before we get started, let’s get this out of the way immediately:

“One of the things we see a lot of out there online is that people want to visit and tour The Palace but it is hard to catch us at the site. We are located at 265 S. Mill Rd. in Vineland, NJ. While we don’t keep regular hours yet, and are there at all different times, we always like to try to accommodate everyone as best we can that wants to see or know about The Palace. If you would like to tour The Palace, have questions about it, would like to make a donation or volunteer, or for media [...]

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