Date(s) - 05/13/16
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Come one, come all to a day of beauty! The Haddon Fortnightly Annual Spring Home and Garden Tour will be held on Friday, May 13 th from 10:00am to 8:00pm. There are six delightful homes and gardens to jump start your spring! Advance tickets @ $15 will be sold at: Haddonfield Visitors Center, Kings Court; Dennis James Hair and Body Salon, Happy Hippo, Haddonfield and The Village Cheese Shop, Station Ave., Haddon Heights. On day of tour, tickets @ $20 will be available at The Haddon Fortnightly, Haddonfield Visitor Center and homes on tour. For tour inquiries, call 856-429-4594.
- LEGION LANE
Situated on a quiet and secluded street that was carved out of the former American Legion property, this home was built in 1990 along with the four neighbors on either side. The current residents, who have only lived here for the past two years, have brought this gracious family home into the 21st century. Jeff’s collection of antique radios are scattered around the house. The beautiful kitchen was designed by Haddonfield’s Chris Ingram of Universal Cabinetry Design with great attention to detail that continues throughout the house.
- 2. GILL ROAD
This is a proper house for an Irish Squire to live in with his son and that is exactly what has happened here. Built by the noted Haddonfield builder, Sinquette, in 1927, Tom and Tommy have been living in this charming center hall home for three years. This 2,400 square foot home provides loads of living space on three floors. Artifacts and rugs from travels and interests of the residents are displayed throughout the house. The basement features an Irish Pub!
- 3. MARNE AVE.
Yesteryear’s “Home of the Future.” Number 2,450 of 2,500 ever made by the Lustron Company, this home was conceived to meet the pent-up desires for homes of soldiers returning from World War II battlefields. Perhaps they were too futuristic, and they never caught on. Built in 1950 as one of the last of its kind, it was constructed entirely of soft gray enameled steel that never needs painting and was erected on a prepared slab in only one day—and finished in 3 days. The house is very compact and every square inch is utilized. The owners have been putting their personal stamp on the house by hanging treasured items with magnets from the walls and ceilings! Treasured collections and memorabilia abound!
- WARWICK ROAD
This brand spanking new home is nestled securely into the bones of a pre1929 house, and it is all for the better. After living here for ten years, the ownners have reassigned room uses,vistas have been opened and fireplaces have been both deleted and added. The family of 5 lives in every square inch of this large gracious home. Outside, the sybaritic entertaining space encompasses many surprise functions!
- 5. 8 and 14 KINGS HIGHWAY
# 8—Kings Hall: This stately edifice was built in 1836 for the Willets family, prominent in early Haddonfield. Another famous resident of this gracious home was (Senator) Jonas Cattell–the young man who ran all the way from Haddonfield to Red Bank to warn the Patriot soldiers that the Hessians/British were coming, leading to a decisive military win for our troops at Ft. Mercer. His feat is celebrated yearly with the Jonas Cattell Run.
In 1910, Jim Stretch opened his Funeral Home and in 1917 he moved his business into this building. Mr Evans joined in this endeavor in 1965. Eventually in 1979, Gene Kain partnered with them. For most of our lives, the building has been known as Stretch-Evans Funeral home, or Stretch-Evans-Kain.
Today, the building sports a 1850, three story addition to the front and a number of changes to the rear and is now Kings Hall, a co-working space shared by 25 full and part-time members. Their businesses range from Landscape Architects, branding and marketing, financial planning and tele-commuters to a couple of start-ups.
There are private spaces and common areas, printers and powder rooms on each floor, and a number of conference rooms.
The big intangible here is networking. They hold events monthly, in house, like a “Coffee and Chocolate.” They also hold a “Chocolate and Beer Invasion” where they go to a restaurant–all in the name of networking and building friendships.
# 14–The back wall of the main co-working space shows the “bones” of the original portion of this building. Also don’t miss the famed grape arbor in the rear of # 8.
- THE HADDONFIELD INN – WEST END AVENUE
This large home, built in the middle of the Victorian era, was once the home of noted and illustrious Haddonfield residents who entertained lavishly. By 1915, the house had changed ownership and had begun a slip in prestige into a rental property. Then in 1919, Dr. Jennie Sharp converted the building into a hospital. Little was changed structurally, but basins were added to many of the rooms and linoleum covered the floors. A number of guests relate tales of having been born here. In the 1940’s it became a nursing home. By the 1950’s and 60’s things slipped further as it became home to transient laborers, hippies, students, mental patients and prostitutes. It had become a “Road House.”
Salvation was at hand when a local couple bought the building and restored it over 4 years.
Nancy Lynn (now Chorpita) purchased the Inn in 1991 and then later, she and Fred made major renovations–opening it with the new name, The Haddonfield Inn.
Today, 25 years later, there are 3 full time innkeepers and 2 part-timers–Nancy and Fred. Beautiful murals, faux marble and animals adorn the walls and ceilings–all painted by Nancy, and a Chambers stove with a soup well has a place of honor in the kitchen. There are a total of 9 guest rooms or suites and many will be open for you to enjoy. Everywhere you turn, there is something beautiful or interesting to see.