Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Lincoln’s Coterie

Riverton welcomed Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Lincoln, to the New Leaf Tea Room for a special afternoon.  Guests were treated to an exquisite lunch tea, complete with a Civil War reenactment by actor Joann Tufo who protrayed a compelling Mrs. Lincoln.  The historically accurate and emotionally moving performance by Ms. Tufo brought rears to the eyes of guests upon hearing the tale of personal loss by the President’s wife who outlived three  of  her four sons and lost her husband to an assassin’s bullet.  The public education program was jointly sponsored by the HSR, and the New Leaf Tea Room and Gift Shoppe.  A special note of thanks to Phyllis Rodgers for hosting the program at her tea room in Riverton.

Gaslight News – September 2009

  • Fine Grounds of the Riverton Athletic Association
  • Law of Attraction: Works on the Nellie Bly Photo
  • Riverton Halloween Ghost Tour Returns
Grand Bicycle Meet, 1894-07-04, Philadelphia Inquirer, pg. 8
Grand Bicycle Meet, 1894-07-04, Philadelphia Inquirer, pg. 8

2/18/2014: The mention of A.A. Zimmerman in “The Fine Grounds of the Riverton Athletic Association” is an error.  Lately, I have been fact checking our material about the 1895 race and I believe Zimmerman was actually talking about another track, not Riverton’s. Several athletes and officials of the day did praise the Riverton track, but I can’t place Zimmerman any nearer to Riverton than Mt. Holly. Note the Philadelphia Inquirer clipping in which experts characterized the Riverton bicycle race track as ”the finest quarter-mile track in the country.” – JMc

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Gaslight News – November 2008

  • Author presents Colonial Burlington County Cookery, Thursday November 13th
  • T. J. Zurbrugg & The Philadelphia Watch Case Company: The decades old mystery of the Watchcase Clock Tower is solved
  • New Era printer’s stand and block type trays donated to our archives
  • PHS to host presentation on Meerwald ship

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