Greetings, and welcome to the Historical Society of Riverton's website for our town, founded in 1851, by a group of ten Philadelphians for summer homes for their families. Displayed within its scant square mile area of Victorian-flavored neighborhoods and gaslamp-lined streets are more than 150 years of American architectural styles. More than half of Riverton's buildings are included in the State and National Directories of Historic Places.

Here is the venerable Porch Club, birthplace of the PTA; Riverton Yacht Club, one of the oldest and still active yacht clubs in the country; the beloved Riverton Public School which just turned one hundred; treasured churches and other institutions, as well as businesses and a hometown to almost 3,000 proud Rivertonians.

Our masthead banner, derived from a delightful folk art painting by Riverton author and artist, Anne Knight Ruff, evokes the charm and vitality of our richly historic borough and serves as your invitation to explore it further with us.

In case you missed it

In case you missed the bi-annual Garden Tour on June 2nd, sponsored by the Porch Club, you don’t have to wait two years for the next one because HSR President Gerald Weaber took these photos.

In advance of the Garden Tour, Christina Paciolla, a local journalist connected with CinnaminsonPatch, interviewed Rita Vittese and June Emens, co-chairs of this year’s event, about the eight private gardens on the tour. Her article, along with a map and descriptions of the garden locations, is found at this link.

Kristen Coppock, staff writer for, questioned the Porch Club co-chairs about the prize-winning Ladies Garden Quilt being raffled off, and she also previewed three of the gardens and posted several photos. Find that complete article at this link.

As always, we welcome your comments and contributions. – John McCormick, Gaslight News editor

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The Historic Riverton Criterium is on track to become a cherished Riverton tradition

What did you think of the bike race? Here are some stills and video clips that I took. Just google Historic Riverton Criterium to find many more on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet.


Download and view a MP4 video clip here: 2012 Criterium Category 4 Race,  129MB, 2 min., 13 sec.

Category 4 is for riders in their first or second season with some experience.




Download and view a MP4 video clip here: video clip 2012 Criterium Masters 35+ Race,  92MB, 1 min., 32

The masters 35+ race is for riders in their first or second season with some experience.




Download and view a MP4 video clip here:  2012 Criterium Cat 1/2/3 Race,  88MB, 1 min., 31

This race is for riders with intermediate, advanced, or national-caliber skills and experience.



Here is a link for an article that appeared in the Burlington County Times:

Browse through photos taken by Christian Hochenberger, a Riverton resident and Photography Club advisor at Shawnee High School, and his student Connor Pagano. Any purchases made benefit the photo club.!i=1898954095&k=cTrJjkm

See complete race results here:

There is plenty to see on the Historic Riverton Criterium facebook page. Say “hi” to the race founder, Carlos Rogers, and like, comment, or share while you are there so you get the scoop on the HRC 2013!

To find out more about earlier posts about bicycles as covered in the pages of this Historical Society of Riverton website, click here.  – John McCormick




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Patrolman Thomas C. Whitelock Memorial Dedication – a photo gallery

Borough officials and the Riverton Police Association held a dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 2, 2012, for a granite memorial and plaque for Officer Thomas C. Whitelock who was killed in the line of duty in 1976. (see an earlier related post here)

These images depict members of law enforcement, Borough officials, and many area residents as they remember Officer Whitelock’s selfless act of heroism and dedicate a fitting memorial to his memory.

Read about the funeral of Officer Whitelock here – 1,000 police give comrade final tribute, Trenton Evening Times, January 21, 1976, pg. 29-30.

Thanks to Jim Quinn for permitting the use of his photos. – John McCormick,  Gaslight News editor

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Stop by the Porch Club during the Garden Tour June 2 and check out the HSR display table

After the Thomas Whitelock memorial service on Saturday I expect to man a display table of HSR propaganda and information inside the Porch Club.  The display space there affords a chance to offer a wider selection of reproduction photo prints for sale than we are able to show at the New Leaf. If you ever have wanted a closer look at anything on the website it’s probably on my computer that I will have set up there so stop by and say hi.  – John McCormick, Gaslight News editor

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A truly historic ceremony tomorrow marks the dedication of Officer Thomas C. Whitelock’s memorial

Just as the Porch Club’s Garden Tour starts tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., another more solemn occasion gets underway at the Gazebo at Broad and Main.  

The Police Department and the Borough invites the community to the ceremony for the  dedication of the plaque mounted on a granite foundation which will serve as a memorial for Patrolman Thomas C. Whitelock, the seven-year veteran Riverton police officer who was killed in the line of duty Jan. 14, 1976. 

According to an article on Cinnaminson Patch, law enforcement from throughout the county, and dignitaries from the state, county and local government, will also be on hand as well as an Honor Guard and a  bagpiper.

The Riverton Borough website has more information about Officer Whitelock and the ceremony here.

Burlington County Times staff writer Matt Chiappard relates more details of this tragic story in an article titled, “Decades later, a fitting memorial for a fallen Riverton officer”.

If you wish, you may join others who have left a reflection on the Officer Down Memorial Page.

To make a donation to the Thomas C. Whitelock Memorial and its maintenance, contact the Riverton Police Association, Attn: Memorial Fund, 501 Fifth St., Riverton, N.J. 08077.  – John McCormick, Gaslight News editor



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