Taunton Mansion

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The Cranberry House became a day school when the Hoffman's took it over. It burned down in, as I recall, 1975. We were coming back from a trip to California. We saw this orange red glow in the sky. It was the house.
Yes, across the stream that drains "Blue Lake" there was another cranberry house that was used by the "Cranberry House School". I too remember its fiery demise.
 

Tim

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I knew a lot about the house from what Mr. Hoffman said about it, but much of that's lost in the fog of time.
 

Lenape

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I wish I had more info on that. I remember someone (probably you) posting about those bogs being in their back yard. Hinchman's bogs went from Centennial Lake (named because they were built in 1876 or because the Centennial variety of cranberry was planted there?) through Taunton, Lake Pine, and Oakwood Lakes down to Oliphants Mill. I also believe they extended upstream from Taunton in the direction of Mimosa Lake and most of the Lakes that made up the former Lenape Boy Scout Camp (more great memories of Lenape). However, I always doubted that the Jobstown bogs were ever part of his holdings. It just doesn't make sense that they would have a separate name like that. Joseph Hinchman died in the late 1890's and a relative, Samuel Hinchman, ran the bogs for perhaps 20+ more years. I think the map that shows the Jobstown bogs would suggest that they were never owned by Hinchman unless he bought them after they were built. Scott's 1876 atlas shows that the Medford Cranberry Co. owned land in that area. That enterprise may have been more closely associated with the West Jersey bogs which eventually came into the hands of the Brick Family and their "Cranberry Co. of Medford". I'll keep looking.

I would love to get confirmation of a suspicion of mine that Birchwood Lakes and all of the small bogs that make up Medford Lakes were Hinchman's at one time.

You can still find the remains of old abandoned bogs all over that part of Medford. Right behind Cranberry Pines School are dikes, dams, and gates. You can also see some old bogs on Fairview Road not far from Jackson.
 

Lenape

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I thought that this building was Taunton Mansion. After talking to a couple of guys who grew up around there I think of the surviving building as the hotel :) BTW - a house pretty similar to this, it may be the portico that does it, may still, I think, be found in or around Atco. As usual, I have forgotten the proper location.View attachment 6246
I thought that this building was Taunton Mansion. After talking to a couple of guys who grew up around there I think of the surviving building as the hotel :) BTW - a house pretty similar to this, it may be the portico that does it, may still, I think, be found in or around Atco. As usual, I have forgotten the proper location.View attachment 6246
Is this a photo of the Cranberry Packing House that became a school? I am wondering if this is the photo of the school that burned in the 1970's? Is this the building that the foundation can still be found on the corner of Breakneck and Hopewell/Taunton Rd?
 

Lenape

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I have dyslexia and ADHD and went to the school for tutoring (which was all but useless because no one in those days knew about it). Robert Hoffman and his wife were teachers who ran the school. My parents were social friends with them and were there many times. They lived in the house as well.

Later, I actually took care of the two horses they had for the children to ride. I was in California and came home the night the place burned down. We always thought it was haunted before the Hoffman's took it over.
Did they keep the horses right there on the property?
 

Lenape

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I wish I had more info on that. I remember someone (probably you) posting about those bogs being in their back yard. Hinchman's bogs went from Centennial Lake (named because they were built in 1876 or because the Centennial variety of cranberry was planted there?) through Taunton, Lake Pine, and Oakwood Lakes down to Oliphants Mill. I also believe they extended upstream from Taunton in the direction of Mimosa Lake and most of the Lakes that made up the former Lenape Boy Scout Camp (more great memories of Lenape). However, I always doubted that the Jobstown bogs were ever part of his holdings. It just doesn't make sense that they would have a separate name like that. Joseph Hinchman died in the late 1890's and a relative, Samuel Hinchman, ran the bogs for perhaps 20+ more years. I think the map that shows the Jobstown bogs would suggest that they were never owned by Hinchman unless he bought them after they were built. Scott's 1876 atlas shows that the Medford Cranberry Co. owned land in that area. That enterprise may have been more closely associated with the West Jersey bogs which eventually came into the hands of the Brick Family and their "Cranberry Co. of Medford". I'll keep looking.

I would love to get confirmation of a suspicion of mine that Birchwood Lakes and all of the small bogs that make up Medford Lakes were Hinchman's at one time.

You can still find the remains of old abandoned bogs all over that part of Medford. Right behind Cranberry Pines School are dikes, dams, and gates. You can also see some old bogs on Fairview Road not far from Jackson.
I would love to hear about the stories from Lenape Boy Scout Camp. The Riverside Historical Society has many online articles about Camp Lenape that you may find very interesting. I would enjoy personally talking with you about your memories of growing up in the area. If anyone has information about Camp Lenape or the surrounding area, photos, stories etc... please feel free to email me at Lakesideofmedford@gmail.com. I am very curious about the historic road that ran from Braddock's Mill, through Camp Lenape and continued parallel with Jackson Road. It is only a faint trail now, but apparantly there was some sort of building or stop there. The township owns the property and one can still make out where it must have been located on Jackson Rd.
 

Lenape

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The Cranberry House became a day school when the Hoffman's took it over. It burned down in, as I recall, 1975. We were coming back from a trip to California. We saw this orange red glow in the sky. It was the house.
Do you have any photos of the day school that was originally the Cranberry House?
 

Lenape

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I would love to hear about the stories from Lenape Boy Scout Camp. The Riverside Historical Society has many online articles about Camp Lenape that you may find very interesting. I would enjoy personally talking with you about your memories of growing up in the area. If anyone has information about Camp Lenape or the surrounding area, photos, stories etc... please feel free to email me at Lakesideofmedford@gmail.com. I am very curious about the historic road that ran from Braddock's Mill, through Camp Lenape and continued parallel with Jackson Road. It is only a faint trail now, but apparantly there was some sort of building or stop there. The township owns the property and one can still make out where it must have been located on Jackson Rd.
 

Lenape

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Jun 9, 2014
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I wish I had more info on that. I remember someone (probably you) posting about those bogs being in their back yard. Hinchman's bogs went from Centennial Lake (named because they were built in 1876 or because the Centennial variety of cranberry was planted there?) through Taunton, Lake Pine, and Oakwood Lakes down to Oliphants Mill. I also believe they extended upstream from Taunton in the direction of Mimosa Lake and most of the Lakes that made up the former Lenape Boy Scout Camp (more great memories of Lenape). However, I always doubted that the Jobstown bogs were ever part of his holdings. It just doesn't make sense that they would have a separate name like that. Joseph Hinchman died in the late 1890's and a relative, Samuel Hinchman, ran the bogs for perhaps 20+ more years. I think the map that shows the Jobstown bogs would suggest that they were never owned by Hinchman unless he bought them after they were built. Scott's 1876 atlas shows that the Medford Cranberry Co. owned land in that area. That enterprise may have been more closely associated with the West Jersey bogs which eventually came into the hands of the Brick Family and their "Cranberry Co. of Medford". I'll keep looking.

I would love to get confirmation of a suspicion of mine that Birchwood Lakes and all of the small bogs that make up Medford Lakes were Hinchman's at one time.

You can still find the remains of old abandoned bogs all over that part of Medford. Right behind Cranberry Pines School are dikes, dams, and gates. You can also see some old bogs on Fairview Road not far from Jackson.
 

Lenape

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I would love to hear about your memories of Camp Lenape/ Lenape Scout Reservation in Medford, NJ. I am always collecting old photos of the camp and anything about the history. I have been fortunate to meet many people who have helped me, and I have quite a collection. I would love to learn more about the names of the people listed on the old fireplace which still exists. I am interested in learning about Tomlinson, who dug out the old Cranberry Bogs and I believe Mimosa Lakes as well. The lake in the neighborhood of the former camp is called Wilderness Lake, but old maps show it as Cedar Run Lake. I am guessing that Jean Woodford saw those maps and named the Cedar Run Wildlife refuge after that, but I always think the refuge area as part of Braddock's Mill Pond.

Lots of wondering going on here......
 

Lenape

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Jun 9, 2014
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I thought that this building was Taunton Mansion. After talking to a couple of guys who grew up around there I think of the surviving building as the hotel :) BTW - a house pretty similar to this, it may be the portico that does it, may still, I think, be found in or around Atco. As usual, I have forgotten the proper location.View attachment 6246

If you are looking at the little ice house that still exists there, was this house to the right or the left of the ice house? I am thinking it was where Lawrence Street is actually paved or where a current home is located?