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.

Historic Riverton Century riders arrive in one month

2016 3 mile community ride school flyerIn just one month a gutsy crew of cyclists participating in the Historic Riverton Century will meet at High Gear Cyclery parking lot, 20 Main Street, Millburn, NJ at 8 am and pedal 101.8 miles to Riverton.

Their goal is to again celebrate the spirit of the New York Times 1895 Tri-Sate Relay Race that attracted premier riders representing New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

(For more about the Riverton bicycle track and the 1895 race click here.)

The Historical Society of Riverton is sponsoring a Community Ride to welcome this 21st century band of bicyclists and to accompany them as they arrive at Riverton to complete the last three miles of their journey.

See the flyer at right for more information and register at   -JMc



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Mug sale at RFL Sunday 1-3pm

Tomorrow’s sale will the last chance to buy a mug until the Garden Tour in May.

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Belated Antique & Collectible Event recap from Harvey and Phyllis

Reporting on the outcome of he March 19 HSR Antique & Appraisal Event is yesterday’s newspapers now, but I have an excuse.

I was otherwise occupied that day with using a video camera and projector to show close-up views of the items at Ron Shaffer’s table on the school’s screen. So no narrative or stills of that event by this web editor.

FullSizeRenderThis is way better.

HSR Board member Harvey Sklar later sent in this shot of wife Eleanor’s photo in the Burlington County Times.

Harvey posted his heartfelt reaction to the experience on his Facebook page…

The appraisers were amazing, not only knowledgeable but entertaining. It was a fun sunday and it was all part of …THE RIVERTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY….Such a small town with a large heart…TOTAL MEMBER DEDICATION….AND TOWN SUPPORT….I LOVE MY.RIVERTON. I HOPE WE CONTINUE TO DO THIS EVENT. THANK YOU RIVERTON

Whatta guy! He works to help a project and he thanks the town. No wonder he has so many FB friends.

President Phyllis Rogers summarized the activity in an email to Board members as follows:

Greetings HSR Board Members,

Thanks to all who did a great job with the appraisal event. The  appraiser Ron Shaffer did a terrific job taking his time and explaining each artifact. It was informative and entertaining. Nick Fratto from Anthony Jewelers also did an outstanding job. We had 3 hours of nonstop items being evaluated. The turnout could have been better in spite of our fantastic publicity which was everywhere. Thanks, Susan (Dechnik) for your efforts in this department. Thanks to John (McCormick), the items were displayed on the Big screen which greatly enhanced the presentation and for bringing over the mug display.

Thanks to Mike’s ( Spinelli) teacher organizational skills the line up went smoothly (and he generously donated all the soft pretzels and Tastycakes which we will freeze for the Bike Event). Thanks to Harvey (Sklar) for his assistance and to his wife Eleanor for  her set up help. Thanks Pat (Brunker) and Bill (Brown) for the help with the registration table and special thanks to Bill B. for donating the sodas which we will save for the Bike Event.

Nancy (Hall) did a great job serving the hot dogs ( my treat) and HSR member Sheila Hines for her cleanup efforts. I sure hope I did not forget anyone as you are such a great group to work with.

These are the great people who volunteer their time and give to bring the Historical Society of Riverton offerings to you. – JMc

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Boston Strangler at the Red Dragon Canoe Club April 20

You’re thinking, Ewww!

But not really – it’s just a free lecture about him, an Open House of the historic Shipman Mansion, and dessert. BONUS!

So, yeah, it’s history, albeit history of a scary time.

For a generation that lived during the 1960s, it brings back the lurid headlines, images of famous attorney F. Lee Bailey defending him in court, and perhaps even a memory of seeing the 1968 scary movie, The Boston Strangler, with Tony Curtis as the defendant, Albert DeSalvo, and Henry Fonda and George Kennedy as the homicide detectives who apprehend him. See  the RDCC’s publicity pitch to learn of the accused’s local connection.

We pass along this announcement from Norma Carter and our buds at the RDCC about a lecture WHO REALLY WAS THE BOSTON STRANGLER?  – JMc

The Shipman Mansion at Red Dragon Canoe Club is hosting another lecture on April 20 on the Boston Strangler.  Melissa Bozarth from the Mt. Holly Prison Museum will be the presenter.  She gave a lecture last year on Charles Lindbergh that was excellent so we have great expectations for this lecture.

An exciting addition to this event! An Open House and tour of the Shipman Manion has been added at 6:00 PM. The program will begin at 7:00 PM. All FREE and open to the public. A great way to learn more about the Red Drgaon Canoe Club, the Shipman Mansion and the work of the Shipman Mansion Foundation.

Albert DeSalvoA special presentation by Melissa Bozarth
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7 pm

The man convicted for the crimes of the Boston Strangler was Albert DeSalvo, and he was the most notorious inmate ever to call the Burlington County Prison in Mount Holly his home. Learn about DeSalvo’s early life, his arrests, his incarcerations and the aftermath of his later crimes and trials.

Admission is free and desserts will be provided.
All are welcome.
Location:  The Shipman Mansion at Red Dragon Canoe Club; 221 Edgewater Avenue, Edgewater Park
Tour of the Mansion available at 6 pm.
Like us on Facebook – Red Dragon Canoe Club

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A free and fun community event coming up two months from today

Historic Riverton Century poster 2016 (Copy)

Check out Jeff billing me out at his old Apple computer. Now that's historic!

Check out Jeff billing me out at his old Apple computer. Now that’s historic!

Just picked up the posters for Rob’s event at Joie Budget Printing. He sends this blurb below about plans for the 3-Mile Community Ride on June 11.  – JMc

The century riders will start in Millburn, NJ that morning and bike 101.8 miles to Riverton to commemorate the June 1895 race from the NY Times to Riverton.

The community is invited to join them for the final 3 miles at a leisurely pace, ending in Memorial Park for some light refreshments and Mart Soft Pretzels. This event is hosted by the Historical Society of Riverton. We hope you can join us!  – Rob Gusky

Joie Apple



Footnote: Apple fans- what model is this antique?

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