Title: Delaware Township Images photo history book released
Author: WALTER O'BRIEN
Arcadia Publishing has released "Images of America: Delaware Township" by township historian, James Drummond. The 128-page book features vintage photographs and stories about this small farming community roughly halfway between New York and Philadelphia.
The township, often noted for the only covered road bridge left in New Jersey, has held onto much of the farming heritage to be seen in the book, with its country roads, ancient fields and even a feed store still in operation.
Many historic structures still stand including the town hall, which is on the site of an old tavern, and original mill buildings. The vintage images and stories in the book were shared by a number of township residents.
Drummond, a member of the Delaware Township Historical Society and vice-chairman of the township Historical Advisory Committee, earned his doctorate in American history at New York University in 1979 and taught history at various schools and universities for 47 years.
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Title: Delaware Township History Book
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: News from the Bridge
Date: December 2009 Newsletter
On January 25, 2010, Arcadia Publishing Company will begin selling the book concerning Delaware Township's history. This work has been in the process of development for the past two years and has proven to be an engrossing project for me as it was researched and written. The editor, who was productively quite "hard nosed" as she pushed the book along to completion, was also pleased with the finished product. In her final acceptance letter on August 7, 2009, she stated that she "had the pleasure of reviewing all the book materials for Delaware Township. The book looks wonderful." She also further said "Thank you again for all your great work. I'm thrilled about the future of this book." Hopefully, the citizens of Delaware Township will also be as pleased with the finished work.
Researching the book was quite productive in getting me into the inner workings and history of the community. At least two Delaware Township worlds became evident with those whose families had sometimes been here for generations as one facet and those of more recent residents as another facet. I found that ultimately the prime insights came from carefully meeting and listening to a spectrum of many citizens but particularly to those who had lifelong roots in the community.
This came home to me quite vividly as I met weekly with a local farmer who had a striking collection of vintage photographs as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of the community. We often met at the Amwell Church of the Brethren, and meeting in the same room were the "Busy Bees," an organization of church women who have been getting together to do "good works" for many decades. They would sometimes come in on our conversations with a wide-ranging knowledge of very minute aspects of life in Delaware Township over the centuries. Perhaps the most indelible experience for me happened as I left that meeting one day and was observing the nearby historical stone bridge and stream; one of the ladies stuck her head out the side door of the church and called to me saying, "I was baptized in that stream." Somehow this just summed up life in the Township over the centuries for me as we interacted there alongside Dunkard Church Road. A number of similar incidents occurred as people took me through their gorgeous historical homes and shared scrapbooks and anecdotes of life in the Township.
The book specifically deals with the Township's towns, churches, farms, schools, people, and the overall environment of the place. More generally, New Jersey and local history elements are also part of the study. Certain factors of transportation, housing, infrastructure, natural history of the land, and the environment are also emphasized. Finally, the cultural development and religious evolution of the churches figure in this telling of the Township's story.
The book will be available at a number of local retail stores and museums as well as Barnes & Noble and Border's national bookstores. It can also be obtained online with the book number (ISBN 978-0-7385-7215-4). The proceeds from
the book sales will go equally to the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, the Delaware Township Historical Society, and for funding of storage materials for the Township's archives.