Author Archives: John McCormick

If it’s baseball, it must be Spring…or is it the other way around?

It seems for as long as anyone remembers, and farther back than that, Riverton has loved its baseball. Pages here and in the Gaslight News have detailed Riverton’s rich baseball tradition which dates to the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and … Continue reading

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A little light reading from the HSR

An easy to miss sidebar on page 3 of the Society’s just published newsletter (see March 2014 GN #156) may be of interest to Riverton property owners. A search of the records at for Riverton Historic District, Burlington County, New … Continue reading

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Gaslight News – March 2014

Inside this issue read about a special Historical Society of Riverton Preservation Award Night coming on April 10, 2014, at The Porch Club. Actor/historian Bob Gleason’s performance as Abraham Lincoln helped the Society celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday at a special Feb. 12 meeting at … Continue reading

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History makers work to create a new attraction – the Historic Riverton Century

By now you know about the planned ride to celebrate the 1895 Tri-State Relay Race from the NY Times Building. Thousands of cycling enthusiasts attended the finish at the Riverton Athletic Association’s bicycle track right here in Riverton, NJ. Quoting from … Continue reading

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Riverton’s one-man Polar Bear Club was a world class swimmer

Ice boats, an ice auto, and Riverton’s own One-Man Polar Bear Club sure must have made life on the Delaware interesting in February 1920. Charles Durborow, Distance Swimmer Plunges Into Icy Waters To Keep In Trim Date 1918-02-17 Oregonian Keating Kodak ad, … Continue reading

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An afternoon tea fit for Lords and Ladies of Highclere Castle

Some South Jersey Downton Abbey devotees held on to their Season Four Finale buzz a while longer as they enjoyed afternoon tea themed to the famous British television drama series at The New Leaf in Riverton, NJ. Proprietor Mrs. Phyllis Rodgers and … Continue reading

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Century Race plans on track as historic sign fundraising revs up

Your main source for the latest developments in the team’s plans for the race and the fundraising progress continues to be the Historic Riverton Century Facebook page and the Indiegogo page. Still, we felt compelled to play a part in the plan … Continue reading

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Proposed ride recreates an 1895 NYC-Riverton bicycle race

Cedar Street 2-15-2014 With snow on the ground in Riverton for going on a month now, the humid heat of a Jersey summer seems a long way off, but plans are afoot now to shape the first weekend of June into a … Continue reading

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Did we ever luck out with this last snowstorm!

A droll Mr. Lincoln enlightened and amused a HSR meet on the eve of a severe snowstorm We held our collective breath for days as we tuned in to weather reports about the approaching snowstorm. Had it tracked a bit … Continue reading

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Diaries donated to PH&CS illuminate Cinnaminson’s Civil War era

The Palmyra Cultural and Historical Society had a huge turnout for its free presentation on the Civil War at the Palmyra Community Center on January 9, 2014. The publicity blurb promised material history archives and comprehensive research on the socioeconomic … Continue reading

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