Tour Your Town

by Press Release | May 1, 2005
Tour Your Town In celebration of Historic Preservation Month and National Tourism Week, Burlington County will sponsor its third annual Tour Your Town bus tour on Saturday, May 14th featuring 13 historic firehouses and schoolhouses throughout the county.

“Burlington County’s previous Tour Your Town trips conducted by our very informative and entertaining county Historian Joe Laufer have been very popular. It’s a very enjoyable, relaxing way to learn more about the county’s rich, unique history,” said Freeholder William S. Haines, Jr.

Laufer once again selected the historic sites and will share interesting stories about these and other local sites during the tour.

The centerpiece of the tour is the New Views IV, an art exhibit reflecting local artists' interpretation of the selected historic sites.

The exhibit runs from May 3rd through May 25th in the Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.

The historic firehouses are: Good Intent Fire Company and Relief Fire Company, both in Mt. Holly, Marlton Fire Co. #1 in Evesham and Young America Fire Company in Burlington City.

The historic schoolhouses include: the Brainerd School in Mt. Holly, the Clara Barton School in Bordentown, Cross Keys School in Medford, Friendship School in Tabernacle, Georgetown School in Mansfield, the Little Red Schoolhouse in Maple Shade, the William K. Haines School in Vincentown Village, the Old Smithville School in Historic Smithville Park and the New Smithville School in Eastampton.

Beginning at 8am at the Annex Gallery, guests may see the New Views IV exhibit and then depart at 9am to see the sites. Tour participants will have the opportunity to disembark at some of the sites and have lunch at the Tabernacle Inn. The tour will end at the Smithville Mansion at approximately 4pm.

Seats are limited and sell quickly. Advance registration and payment are required. The cost for the tour, including lunch with tax and gratuity, is $45.

For more information or reservations, call the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at (609) 265-5068.

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