Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Noon
WALK LEADERS: Charlene Mires, Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia & Caroline Slama, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
MEETING PLACE: Roosevelt Park. 5th and Market streets, across the street from Camden’s City Hall station (PATCO).Look for walk leader holding a “Camden Walk” sign.
Free. Rain or Shine. All are welcome.
Stroll through more than two centuries of history on this short walk centered on Camden’s Cooper Street Historic District. Distinctive domestic architecture, public art, the campus of Rutgers-Camden, and waterfront redevelopment projects reveal how choices of individuals and organizations shape and reshape a city.
The walk will begin at Fifth and Market Streets, in front of Camden City Hall in Roosevelt Park across the street from the City Hall Station of the PATCO Speedline (five minutes–one stop—from Philadelphia’s Eighth and Market Street station). Look for walk leader holding a “Camden Walk” sign.
We will walk one block north to Cooper Street, then west toward the Delaware River through four blocks of the Cooper Street Historic District. A refreshment and rest stop will be available at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH), located in an 1851 Greek Revival row house with original interior details.
In addition to the historic district streetscape of homes ranging from the 1810s to the 1930s, the walk will explore the campus quad of Rutgers-Camden and conclude in Johnson Park, with its notable public art and 1918 library donated by Victor Talking Machines founder Eldridge Johnson. From the park at Second and Cooper Street, walkers will have the option to continue toward the river to explore ongoing redevelopment or end their journey with food and drink at a pub near the waterfront.
- Stairs, non-accessible curb cuts, or other barriers.
- The row house for the rest stop is accessed by four steps. Alternatives without steps will be available across the street.
- Approximate duration: 90 minutes