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Monthly Open House is Saturday, March 3 , 2018, 12 to 3 PM

Antique Appraiser Day is Saturday April 7, 2018 from 1 to 4PM at the Beverly Methodist Church Hall on Warren Street, Beverly NJ. Ron Shaffer, ISA will offer opinions of your antiques and collectables for $5 an item. Ron has a pleasant and interesting way to tell you about your treasures. Come out for a fun day

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our 2017 Holiday House Tour. We plan for our next tour in 2019 so mark your calendars. All the proceeds benefit the Riverfront Historical Society, a 501-3 C non profit organization.

Our NEW location is in the old Well's Pharmacy building, also known as the Beverly Library Annex in Beverly, 433 Cooper Street.B>

Come and see our re-organized local history displays. We have a research area for you to research family history.We treasure all our donations from our friends.

In memory of Bette Sever 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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Members List:

Dennis Rogers
Vice President:
Charlene Rogers
Theresa Lowden
Barbara Kelly

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Coopertown Meeting House
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The Cooper Town Meeting House has the typical appearance of small houses of worship built in rural Burlington County in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Built between 1802 and 1806, it is a 1-story structure containing a single room. It is constructed of brick laid in Flemish bond over a low field stone foundation. Each of the long facades features a central doorway with original double-leafed doors, each leaf having three raised panels. The doorways are flanked by windows with 12 panes in both upper and lower sas. The single room on the interior has a raised platform at one end and late 19th century vertical board wainscoting. Although the appearance of the Coopertown Meeting House is typical, its origin is not. Most religious buildings were erected to serve a particular denomination. The subscribers who raised the money for the Coopertown Meeting House decreed that it was to "be open and free to be used by all persons professing and believing in the Divinity of Jesus Christ". From its completion in 1806 until the 1830s, the Coopertown Meeting House flourished. At various times Methodists, Episcopalians, Baptists, and the Friends worshiped there. Conflicts arose during the 1800's, over attempts to gain exclusive use, and the Methodist and Episcopalian congregations eventually withdrew and built their own churches in Beverly City. From 1880 to the 1930s it was the home of the Coopertown Union Sunday School. With the advent of the automobile, local residents began to attend churches in their own towns. __________________________________________________________________ The Riverfront Historical Society raised funds and obtained matching grants in the late 1970's and early 1980's to repair damage to the building. The members held many fund raising events to match the historical state grants. They replaced/repaired two partial walls, a new roof and framing, replaced cross beams, re-pointed the bricks, plastered and painted the inside of the building. The restoration was complete in the mid 1980's. This information is from the Burlington County Times newspaper. The Cooper Town Meeting House Board of Trustees continues to maintain the building. There is one original bench from the Sunday school in the early 1900's donated by Cresswell Stuart.

The Riverfront Historical Society moved out of the meeting house to the Beverly Library annex due to lack of climate control that included heat and air conditioning. Their new location has more storage area and the displays are now easier to view for visitors. We offer a research area to view our collection of paper artifacts in books. Riverfront was awarded a historic preservation award from the county freeholders in 2017

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