SoJourn 2.1 has arrived

SoJourn 2.1, the third issue of South Jersey history, culture, and geography has arrived from the printers (about a week sooner than we anticipated). You can purchase it from the Stockton University Bookstore, the AtlantiCare Regional Hospital gift shop, Second Time Books in Mt. Laurel (as soon as we can have them delivered), and Amazon or by contacting me, Tom Kinsella, or Paul W. Schopp.

The Articles in this issue:

“The First African American Excursion to Atlantic City” by Paul W. Schopp

“Proving a Legend: A Submarine in the Rancocas Creek” by Alice Smith

“Brevet Brigadier General Elias Wright: Surveyor Extraordinaire” by Elizabeth G. Carpenter

“Mapping the Mullica Valley: Natural History Landscapes” by Kenneth W. Able

“Off Course in a Raging Sea: Captain William M. Phillips and the Plight of the Schooner BENJAMIN E. VALENTINE” by Paul W. Schopp with Anthony Ficcaglia

“Haul Away, Boys!” [Pictorial essay on Shad on the Delaware]

“Jerseyisms” by Francis E. Lee

“The Rebirth of Buzby’s Chatsworth General Store” by R. Marilyn Schmidt

“The Publications of R. Marilyn Schmidt”

“The Endicott-Reardon Family Museum” by Rebecca Muller

“Anecdotes and Memoirs of William Boen”

“The Coia Map Project” by James Pullaro and Paul W. Schopp

We hope you will find this issue both entertaining and informative.

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12th Annual Lines on the Pines

Lines on the Pines is a celebration of the New Jersey Pine barrens that brings together authors, artists, craftspeople, historians and the local community — anyone interested in the Pines. This year (as last) it will be at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City.

Be sure to check out their Facebook to keep up to date with some of the day’s events.



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SoJourn is here!

The South Jersey Culture & History Center at Stockton is proud to announce the second issue of SoJourn, a journal devoted to the history, culture, and geography of South Jersey.

Stockton students edited and designed the text; local historians contributed the content.

Copies are available at the Stockton Campus Center Bookstore, Second Time Books in Mt. Laurel, the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center gift shop, and Amazon (or by contacting me, Tom Kinsella).


Contents of this issue:

“Kate Aylesford: Modernity and Place in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens” by Matthew G. Hatvany
A reconsideration of one of the first historical romances based upon events in South Jersey, describing the Battle of Chestnut Neck and Revolutionary era Batsto and Sweetwater.

“Alfred and Muriel: The Story of the J. A. Sweeton House in Cherry Hill, New Jersey” by Brian Stolz as told by Jim Stanton
How South Jersey came to have its one and only Frank Lloyd Wright designed house.

“School Segregation in the Post-Civil War Era: Burlington County, New Jersey, 1865 – 1915” by Zachary T. Baer
Before Brown v. Board of Education and before Plessy v. Ferguson came Pierce v. The Union District Trustees. The story of Jeremiah H. Pierce’s efforts to desegregate Burlington schools.

“Where Blackberries Grew: Margaret Mead in Hammonton” by Patricia Chappine and Mark Demitroff
The story of Margaret Mead’s connection to Hammonton, New Jersey.

“A Day on the Bay with Waterman Phil Andersen” by Susan Allen
A stunning photo essay chronicling a day with two local crabbers.

“South Jersey Fruit Picking Tickets” by Richard Watson
All you ever wanted to know about picker tickets and their use by South Jersey farmers.

“From Butcher Knife to Scalpel: Four Generations of South Jersey Physicians” by Lisa E. Cox, Edward Hutton and Ruth Hutton-Williams
Four generations of general practitioners serving Cumberland County from 1826 through 1976.

“Manufacturing from Menhaden: A History in the Mullica Valley” by Kenneth W. Able
The development and decline of the menhaden industry on and near the Mullica River.

“Carabajal, The Jew: A Legend of Monterey, Mexico” by Charles K. Landis, with an introduction by Vince Farinaccio
A short historical fiction depicting the life of Don Luis de Carabajal y Cueva, governor of Nuevo León, written by Charles K. Landis, founder of Vineland and Sea Isle City, New Jersey.

“Reimagining a Remnant of the Past at Stockton” by James Pullaro and Paul W. Schopp
An artistic interpretation of the sawmill erected on what is now Stockton’s Lake Fred in 1815.

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We are always looking for submissions for future issues. Contact me if you are interested in writing or know someone who might be.

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SoJourn 1.2 is at the printers

The second issue of SoJourn, the journal of South Jersey history, culture, and geography, is at the printers. I imagine we will have copies for sale at the beginning of next week.


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Maegan Pollinger of Historic Cold Spring Village speaking at Stockton


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Burlington Biographies has arrived

Burlington Biographies: A History of Burlington, New Jersey, Told Through the Lives and Times of its People, by Robert L. Thompson, has arrived from the printers.


At 552 pages, this hardcover study of the city of Burlington, New Jersey, is a well-researched and entertaining introduction to the city’s rich and long history.

Available from SJCHC for $29.95. Please direct inquiries to

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Early Recollections and Life of Dr. James Still

Still-front-cover During the nineteenth century, James Still was perhaps
the most gifted physician in South Jersey. He
was also African American, the son of former slaves,
who received no more than six months of traditional
schooling, and was self taught in both medical knowledge
and practice. Born in Washington Township,
Burlington County, New Jersey (now Shamong), Dr.
Still overcame poverty and racial animus to become
one of the wealthiest men in South Jersey during his
lifetime. This republication of his outstanding autobiography,
self-published in 1877, is a stirring reminder
of the power of self determination and faith.

This new edition of Early Recollections is not a facsimile
reproduction but is newly typeset with foreword by
Samuel C. Still III and introduction by Paul W. Schopp.
Includes a new and enlarged index.

179 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9888731-6-2

Republished in 2015 by the South Jersey Culture &
History Center. Available on Amazon and by
contacting SJCHC.

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Sales Catalog, Fall 2016

To read and download the most recent catalogue of SJCHC publications, click on the catalog cover (3.6 meg).

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SJCHC Annual Report, 2015 – 2016

The 2015-2016 annual report for the South Jersey Culture & History Center is out.


You can read and download a 6.5 meg pdf of the report by clicking on the cover image.

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SoJourn has arrived!


SoJourn — our new journal devoted to the history, culture, and geography of South Jersey has arrived from the printers.

It is available at the Stockton Campus Center Bookstore, Second Time Books in Mt. Laurel, the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center gift shop, the Visitors Center at Smithville, which is part of the Burlington County park system, the Pine Barrens Store next to the Shamong Diner on Route 206 and Amazon. It will be available in other bookstores and establishments soon. Price is $7.95. All proceeds go to the SJCHC publication fund.

Second Time Books   Amazon

SoJourn is a collaborative effort. Local historians contribute the articles; Stockton students edit, set type, and design the layout; SJCHC oversees the publication.


Brief Description of Articles:

“Bipolar State: A Survey and Analysis of South Jersey’s Geographical and Cultural Borders” by Robert Lowe Barnett and Steve Chernoski.

For years, divisions within the state of New Jersey have been a topic of conversation. Most people recognize a cultural divide between North and South Jersey, and some argue for a “central” Jersey. This entertaining article mixes geography and cultural analysis to examine historical boundaries that influence the state to this day.

“The Future of Transportation: The Bicycle Railway” by Dennis McDonald

2,000 people gathered within three days of the opening of the Arthur Hotchkiss’s bicycle railway in 1892. Six years later, the track which connected Smithville and Mount Holly was in disrepair. Hardly a trace remains today. Follow the rise and fall of one of New Jersey’s most novel inventions.

“Nature, Naturalists, and South Jersey” by Claude M. Epstein

Follow noted naturalists as they explore South Jersey over a 400-year span. Epstein describes the areas where naturalists studied, their research and field logistics, and the specialization of their professions over time.

“Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. . .” by Patricia A. Martinelli

Mary Tillotson was a 19th-century suffragist who lived in Vineland and campaigned for the right of women to wear comfortable clothing. She herself wore pants around town, believing that less restrictive fashions supported women’s health and comfort. Tillotson traveled the northeast and across the country preaching social and dress reform.

“Nash’s Cabin (Buck Run)” by Richard Watson

Local historians have long been intrigued by the site known as “Nash’s Cabin” on Buck Run of the Oswego River. Did the 20th-century poet Ogden Nash build it, did his relatives own it, or even someone named Nash? Richard Watson has traced the history of the land and the cabin built upon it, uncovering the Nash family and describing the intriguing tale of this site.

“Immersion” by Ken Tompkins

Forty-six years ago, three of Stockton University’s early administrators—its first president and two deans—spent 48 hours on the streets of Camden with $2 in their pockets. Their immersion experience was a social experiment from another time.

“Shinplasters: Economic Remnants of New Jersey’s Glass Industry” by Todd R. Sciore

Before New Jersey was known for produce, it had a booming glass industry. Glass manufacturers, in order to retain skilled workers in rural South Jersey, needed to provide food, shelter and wages. They found that locally issued scrip, or shinplasters, helped keep employees in one area. The issuance of this “funny money” was popular in the glass houses of New Jersey and has become a collectible for historians.

“The Burlington Town Plan: From Medieval to Modern” by Robert P. Thompson

Extracted from Robert P. Thompson’s forthcoming Burlington Biographies: A History of Burlington City, New Jersey Through the Lives and Times of Its People (published by the SJCHC, supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission). This article provides an intriguing glimpse of the original European settlement of Burlington. To this day, decisions made during the 17th century inform the urban design of the city.

“Mary Ann and the Cranberry Farm, a Transformative Experience” by Alexis Demitroff

Mary-Ann Thompson, who ran Paradise Hill Farm, an organic heirloom cranberry farm in Vincentown, New Jersey, was a well-known preservationist, activist and visionary. She is remembered by Alexis Demitroff who studied with Mary-Ann for a semester in 2013.

Editors: Rebecca Hund, William Bassett, Greg Melo, Ashley Robertson, Taylor Carmen, Aurora Rose Landman, Gabrielle Veneziale, Naijasia Thomas, Jenna Geisinger, Olivia Oravets, Kristina Boyer, Kyle Ewers, Paul W. Schopp and Tom Kinsella.

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