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.

Mugs with vintage imagery evoke memories and make great hostess gifts

RYC-lady mug

No guest wants to show up to dinner empty-handed, especially around the Holidays.

Such so-called bread and butter gifts, or hostess gifts, are what a guest gives as a thank you to the host, whether for a dinner or as an overnight guest. 

But finding the perfect present can be tricky, even if you’ve known the host/hostess for years.

This is one unique gift that will have everyone asking, “Where did you get that?”

We have on hand over fifty 11-ounce dishwasher safe and microwave safe mugs; 31 different cups each display vintage photos and/or maps from our extensive image archive.

Come to the used book sale at Riverton Library this Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1-3 pm and pick yours.  – JMc

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Not in the mood yet? Blame the weather

Woodside La lights

Woodside La lights

So maybe we all just needed this cold snap to get us into a holiday spirit. Driving around to look at the lights in town gets me going, too.

Main and Broad lights

Main and Broad lights

Lippincott Ave lights

Lippincott Ave lights

Recent seventy degree days just seem wrong for December, but then I must be too provincial in my thinking.

You know, we have Rivertonians who check in here from across the miles and coast to coast, so I guess one adapts one’s concept of the Season to wherever they are, whether it is Maine, South Carolina, or Florida, Connecticut or Washington.

Still, there’s a reason the phrase “There’s no place like home” was coined.

Do you know someone who would enjoy connecting with their old hometown through a membership in the Historical Society of Riverton?

gift-cardsHere is a Gift Enclosure that you can print out and give directly to your recipient.

2016 membership dues form snapshotChoose the PDF form to download: Main Street Railroad Station or the Sidewheeler Columbia.

Print the Gift Enclosure on any paper you choose, double-sided and fold it in thirds. It will fit into a #10 business envelope.

Then print out the 2016 Membership Form, fill out the information, and send it in with a check so membership can start right away in January. Instructions you need are on that form. – JMc







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Look for someone you know in Bruce Gunn’s 1950s era color slides

Show your kids (or grandkids) Riverton and the Camden waterfront as they appeared in the 1950’s thanks to these rare color slides donated by Bruce Gunn. With a high-resolution scan and some minor photo editing, these look like they were just taken.

Click on the thumbnails for larger views. Look for the link to the full size view.

It’s hard to imagine that the everyday items, maps, and photos of the 50s, 60s, and 70s are the collectibles and antiques of today. Have you any to share? – JMc

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Riverton enjoys SoCal temps in mid-December

December 13, 2015

72 degrees

The poor flowers don’t know whether to go to sleep or to wake up.



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Only 2 shopping days until Christmas

GN nast-santa-clause mug squareWell, that’s right if you only count tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 13 and next Sunday, the 20th, for your chance to buy a mug with vintage hometown images from our archives.

It seems that every shopper has a story to go with the mug they choose.

Nancy Hall recalls riding the train into Philadelphia to go to Pierce Business School. Hubby, Bill, wants a Japanese beetle mug.

I will put that on the wish list. Along with one – or more – about Dreer’s Nursery. I do love a project.

Everyone seems to have a favorite RYC mug (there are several variations on that theme).

Other Riverton landmarks include the Porch Club, Main Street, Golf Club, War Memorial, and more.

Vintage postcard views of Riverside, Palmyra, and Moorestown ornament mugs for our neighboring towns.

031 How Riverton's Glorious Fourth Started

031 How Riverton’s Glorious Fourth Started

On a recent foray down to the RFL catacombs Deb Lengyel suggested I make a July 4th mug.

Here’s a prototype – what do you think?

The central image, displayed here, which came from an old postcard owned by Nick Mortgu, shows the parade marching toward the riverbank.

Other mugs display images contributed, at least virtually, by Betty Hahle, Ed Gilmore, myself, and others. Dick Paladino’s RYC photo, displayed here, is the centerpiece for mugs #8 and #11. Several images are from a huge batch of postcards Deb Lengyel scanned for me in 2005, that belonged to an eBay seller.

My favorites are the ones based on maps. I bought a single page of an 1876 atlas on eBay a while back and turned that into mug #9. Phyllis Rodgers’ hand colored of an 1890 map Riverton is the basis for mugs #3, #10, and #30.

The point is, many hands over a long time have contributed to this enterprise that is only just becoming available now.

31 Flavors

31 Flavors

We have now caught up to Baskin-Robbins.

You know, with the 31 flavors. The “31 flavors” slogan was thought up to convey to customers they could have a different flavor every day of the month.

While we do not have every design on hand, we do still have a good choice of about 30 mugs from which to choose.

Here’s the latest mug shot poster.

I will be at the Riverton Free Library used book sale from 1-3 if you want to come by to shop, or just tell a story.

Wait. I just found out Baskin-Robins has actually introduced more than 1,000 flavors. Do you have an idea for mug #32? – JMc

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