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Monthly Open House is scheduled on Saturday,May 4th, 2019, 12 to 3 PM We are having some issues with our building and may have to cancel. Keep watching here for updates.

Our Perennial Plant Sale was a big success with many plants being sold at low prices. Local yards will be blooming this summer and the next few summers. Thank you to all who attended

Juneteenth event is scheduled for Saturday June 22nd in Beverly. The guest speakers will be Christopher Barton who is the head of the Timbuctoo Discovery Project in Westhampton. He will talk about the significance of the archeological dig at the site. He will be joined by Guy Weston, a descendent of one of the Timbuctoo residents. The place and time for the event is not determined yet. More details to come.

Thank you for attending Antique Evaluations Day on April 13. We had a great day and a lot of fun. Our sad news is that Ronn Shaffer, our antique appraiser man for many years has passed away. Please keep his family in your prayers

We are located in the old Well's Pharmacy building, also known as the Beverly Library Annex in Beverly, 433 Cooper Street.

Come and see our local history displays. We have a research area for you to research family history and a Civil War area with official documents.New items to see every month. We treasure all our donations from our friends.

Our Juneteenth celebration will be June 22, 2019. Watch her for more details.

In memory of Bette Sever, June McPherson and Allan Denning, members who passed away recently. We also mourn the loss of our friend Margaret Hicks Morris.

"A Walk Through Beverly" DVD for sale--- $10 donation ---limited supply available

ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS...$10 A YEAR---Become a supporting member if you are out of the area


/// CALL THERESA 609-387-1079 FOR INFO


PO box 172 Beverly NJ 08010

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Dennis Rogers
Vice President:
Charlene Rogers
Theresa Lowden
Barbara Kelly

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Welcome to the Riverfront Historical Society website. Our area of interest is Beverly, Delanco and Edgewater Park which were once all one township of Willingborough. Beverly was incorporated in 1857, Edgewater Park in 1924 and Delanco in 1927.

Riverfront Historical Society was formed in 1976 after the bicentennial celebration. The area residents wanted to continue to study and publicize the area history. Residents of Beverly, Delanco and Edgewater Park formed the historical society to work together on their common history. Cresswell Stuart helped with the Willingboro farm history. We are a 501(c)3 non profit organization and were incorporated in 1982

We collect, study and preserve artifacts and items for our three towns. We have our collection on view at the Beverly Library Annex on Cooper Street in Beverly. We also are collecting Willingboro items because it was part of our original history.

We accept donations of items for these towns and can provide a donor sheet for tax purposes. See the what we collect section. We accept monetary donations to help us continue our work. One of the society's first projects was to restore the Coopertown Meeting house which was in very bad shape in 1978. After a few years of fund raising & grants the building was restored and open to the public.

The present members hope to continue the work of our early founders and be a viable part of the communities. We hope you enjoy our website, attend our events and visit our museum.

Our mailing address is Riverfront Historical Society PO Box 172 Beverly NJ 08010

Thank you to Pat Pirylis for helping set up this site.


At one time, the three towns were part of the Township of Wellingborough which stretched from the Rancocas Creek to the Delaware River. They eventually split into Willingboro, Beverly City and Beverly Township until 1924 when Delanco and Edgewater Park became townships of their own. The area is rich in history dating back its beginning as a landing point for Duncan Williamson’s ferry appropriately called Dunk’s Ferry. The surrounding land was mostly all farmland and owned by a few select people.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR HISTORY: During the War for Independence, Dunks Ferry played a part in the Battle of Trenton in 1776. General Washington sent troops over to Dunks FerryBeverly) but due to thick river ice and fierce weather, the horses and cannons couldn’t be brought to land. The troops were called back to Pennsylvania in the morning. The ferry crossing was a strategic crossing during the war used by the patriots extensively. It was said Washington himself spent time in Dunk’s Ferry avoiding Tory spies and British troops.

During the War of 1812, Stephen Girard hid his fleet of ships in the Rancocas Creek near Delanco.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY: During the Civil War, Beverly City had a Union Army training camp from 1861 to 1863. Five regiments mustered in and trained there including the Burlington County 23rd Regiment known as “the Yahoos.” They were a nine month regiment with area farmers filling their ranks. They participated in the Battle of Fredricksburg and Salem Church In 1864, the camp and buildings were turned into a Union convalescent hospital. The soldiers who didn’t make it were interred into what became the Beverly National Cemetery. The camp and hospital was enthusiastically supported by the people of Beverly City and Beverly Township. Fresh fruit, vegetables, blankets, bibles and moral support came from the people of the Beverly, Delanco and Edgewater Park area. Their support of the troops made our area successful and attractive to investors. Later the federal government erected a statue at the Beverly National Cemetery in gratitude for our area and Burlington County's help. The "Alligator" an experimental submarine was tested in the Rancocas Creek near Delanco & Riverside.

POST CIVIL WAR: When steamboat travel increased, Beverly’s prominence as a business center flourished. Farmers and businesses shipped their goods down river, loading their products on at Beverly’s docks. The Delanco area became a popular tourist stop for many Philadelphia residents and Edgewater Park produced excellent produce and farm goods.

1900'S: In the next century, Beverly’s businesses adjusted to manufacturing goods that later supported both world wars. Beaunit Mills and Wall Rope Works were two companies whose products supported the war effort. The children of the area remember well the troops passing by in the railroad cars on their way to Europe or the Pacific. After World War Two came the building boom as farmland disappeared in favor of housing developments for young families. The face of our area changed from growing crops to growing families. Our three town area still contributed to the county, state and our nation making our little area of New Jersey, proud and prosperous.

What Riverfront Collects

We would accept originals or gladly accept copies of: Local pictures and postcards Family pictures, letters and writings****** Family home movies and films of public events****** Local business letterheads, business cards, advertising items, give-a-ways from local businesses and receipts from any local businesses****** Old newspapers & articles**** Old work records, paycheck stubs, tax records and bills for Beverly, EP and Delanco**** Any items and letters from local township clubs and service organizations***** Fire department badges, patches, uniforms and letters**** Military records, patches, medals, and uniforms. Any veteran information**** Scout group photos, letters, patches and items***** Old phone books, business directories and church newsletters and booklets

Items donated will be put into books for display to researchers and historians. We can make a book of one family’s pictures and letters which can be dedicated to family members.

Our area of interest is Beverly, Edgewater Park and Delanco but we will guarantee that if you donate other towns items we will deliver them to their historical society. Our object is to preserve the past for future generations so that people, businesses and places are not forgotten.

Riverfront Historical Society....... preserving your memories

Holiday House Tour

2019 HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR December 2nd is the date for our house tour starting at our history center at the Beverly Library Annex formerly the Wells Pharmacy on Cooper Street, next to the library 1 TO 6PM

December 2019 Tour We are working on our 2019 tour and hope to see you there.

Please support other historical society tours in December 2018

 Holiday House Tour

Saturday, December 2 2019 FROM 1 TO 6PM


Riverfront ADA notices

Advance Notification Policy

If you require an accommodation or service (i.e. ASL, Open Captioning, Audio Description, etc.), please contact Riverfront Historical Society at 609-835-4438 at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit.

ADA Notice

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), Riverfront Historical Society will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment: Riverfront Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.

Effective Communication: Riverfront Historical Society will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in our programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Riverfront Historical Society will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in our museum and events, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of Riverfront Historical Society, should contact Charlene Rogers, Vice President, at phone number 609-877-2921 as soon as possible but no later than 2 weeks before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require the Riverfront Historical Society to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services; or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a program, service, or activity of Riverfront Historical Society is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Charlene Rogers, Vice President at 609-877-2921 or the above address.

Riverfront Historical Society will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Grievance Procedure under The Americans with Disabilities Act

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Riverfront Historical Society. The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request. The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to: Charlene Rogers ADA Coordinator (acting) and Vice President Riverfront Historical Society PO Box 172 Beverly NJ 08010 Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, Charlene Rogers or her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, MS. Rogers or her designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the Riverfront Historical Society and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by Ms. Rogers or her designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Riverfront Historical Society Board of Trustees.

Within 30 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Riverfront Historical Society Board of Trustees will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Riverfront Historical Society Board of Trustees will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by Ms. Rogers or her designee, appeals to Riverfront Historical Society Board of Trustees, and responses from these two offices will be retained by Riverfront Historical Society for at least 3 years.


o be followed either at museum or at other venues during events:

It is not always necessary to evacuate a building during an emergency. A power outage, for instance, does not necessarily call for evacuation of a building. The overall safety of the building must first be evaluated: lighting, hazardous materials, ventilation systems, and other hazardous operations. If the building can be safely occupied, evacuation is not necessary. If evacuation is ordered, follow these procedures: • Stay calm, do not rush, and do not panic. • Safely stop your work. • Gather your personal belongings if it is safe to do so. (Reminder: take prescription medications out with you if at all possible; it may be hours before you are allowed back in the building.) • If safe, close your office door and window, but do not lock them. • Use the nearest safe stairs and proceed to the nearest exit. Do not use the elevator. • Wait for any instructions from emergency responders. • Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders.

Evacuation Procedures for People with Disabilities After an evacuation has been ordered:

* People with disabilities will often need assistance to evacuate.

* DO NOT use elevators, unless authorized to do so by police or fire personnel. Elevators could fail during a fire or major earthquake.

* If the situation is life threatening, call 9-1-1.

* Check on people with mobility disabilities during an evacuation.

* Attempt a rescue evacuation ONLY if you have had rescue training or the person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for professional assistance.

* Always ASK someone with a disability how you can help BEFORE attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.

* The individual with the disability is the best expert in his or her disability, so ask that individual for advice before lifting or moving that person.

* Take extra time when communicating with people who are deaf, hearing impaired, or speech impaired.

* Never separate a disabled person from his or her assistive aids: wheelchairs, canes, hearing aids, medications, special diet food, urinary supplies, etc. * A disabled person's equipment may not be working after a disaster occurs, or it may be insufficient for emergency circumstances.

* A service animal, usually a dog, is an assistive aid used by some blind, deaf and mobility impaired people. A disaster may temporarily confuse service animals and they may not be able to help their owners as effectively as before the disaster.

* Some individuals with emotional and developmental disabilities may be too unsettled to respond appropriately to instructions and directions, such as a public address announcement to evacuate a building. Some disabled individuals may need to be in a quiet place for a while to regain their composure; others may even try to hide from rescue workers.

* Some individuals with significant mental or learning disabilities might not understand the significance of "Keep Out" signs and barricade tape.


Response To Emergencies Blindness or Visual Impairment Bomb Threat, Earthquake, Fire, Hazardous Materials Releases, and Power Outages:

* Give verbal instructions to advise about safest route or direction using compass directions, estimated distances, and directional terms.

* DO NOT grasp a visually impaired person's arm. Ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit, especially if there is debris or a crowd.

* Give other verbal instructions or information (i.e. elevators cannot be used).

Deafness or Hearing Loss Bomb threat, Earthquake, Fire, Hazardous Materials Releases, and Power Outages:

* Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability by touch and eye contact. Clearly state the problem. Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.

* Offer visual instructions to advise of safest route or direction by pointing toward exits or evacuation maps.

Mobility Impairment Bomb Threat, Earthquake, Fire, and Hazardous Materials Releases:

* It may be necessary to help clear the exit route of debris (if possible) so that the person with a disability can move out or to a safer area.

* If people with mobility impairments cannot exit, they should move to a safer area, e.g. most upper floors have a Designated Waiting Area to wait for assistance from first responders.

* Most enclosed stairwells

* An office with the door shut and a good distance from the hazard (and away from falling debris in the case of earthquakes)

* Notify police or fire personnel immediately about any people remaining in the building and their locations

* Police or fire personnel with decide whether people are safe where they are, and will evacuate them as necessary. The Fire Department may determine that it is safe to override the rule against using elevators

Evacuating Persons with Wheelchairs 1. Discuss with the user of the wheelchair how to lift the user and the wheelchair ether together or separately. When circumstances necessitate separating the user and the wheelchair, keep the period of separation to a minimum. 2. Some parts of a wheelchair are safe to lift from, others will come off when lifted. Always ask the user to confirm where it is safe to lift. Also, ask the user what else about his or her wheelchair you should know in order to lift it safely. 3. Wheelchairs with four wheels (not three-wheeled scooters) usually have handbrakes on each side of the chair. When the wheelchair is to remain stationary, set both brakes. 4. When more than one flight of stairs is traversed, helpers may need to switch positions since one person may be doing most of the lifting. Switch positions only on a level landing. 5. When the lifting is complete, follow the instructions of the chair's user and restore the manual or motorized wheelchair to full operation; then direct the user to a safe area. 6. Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is the last resort. Consider your options and the risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt. Do not make an emergency situation worse. Evacuation is difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly. Remember that environmental conditions (smoke, debris, loss of electricity) will complicate evacuation efforts.

* Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is the last resort. Consider your options and the risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt. Do not make an emergency situation worse. Evacuation is difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly. Remember that environmental conditions (smoke, debris, loss of electricity) will complicate evacuation efforts.

* Power Outages

* If an outage occurs during the day and people with disabilities choose to wait in the building for electricity to be restored, they can move near a window where there is natural light and access to a working telephone. During regular building hours, Building Coordinators should be notified so they can advise emergency personnel.

* If people would like to leave and an evacuation has been ordered, or if the outage occurs at night, call 9-1-1 to request evacuation assistance from the Fire Department.

* The following guidelines are general and may not apply in every circumstance.

* Occupants should be invited to volunteer ahead of time to assist disabled people in an emergency. If volunteers are not available, designate someone to assist who is willing to accept the responsibility.

* DO NOT evacuate disabled people in their wheelchairs. This is standard practice to ensure the safety of disabled people and volunteers. Wheelchairs will be evacuated later if possible.

* Always ASK disabled people how you can help BEFORE attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how they can best be assisted or moved, and if there are any special considerations or items that need to come with them.

* Before attempting an evacuation, volunteers and the people being assisted should discuss how any lifting will be done and where they are going.

* Proper lifting techniques (e.g. bending the knees, keeping the back straight, holding the person close before lifting, and using leg muscles to lift) should be used to avoid injury to rescuer's backs. Ask permission of the evacuee if an evacuation chair or similar device is being considered as an aid in an evacuation. When using such devices, make sure the person is secured properly. Be careful on stairs and rest at landings if necessary.

* Certain lifts may need to be modified depending on the disabilities of the people.

* Summary

Prepare occupants in your building ahead of time for emergency evacuations. Know your building occupants. Train staff, faculty, and students to be aware of the needs of people with disabilities and to know how to offer assistance. Hold evacuation drills in which occupants participate, and evaluate drills to identify areas that need improvement. Plans must cover regular working hours, after hours, and weekends. Everyone needs to take responsibility for preparing for emergencies.

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