Document History
To Educate The Future

Bring to life the history of Camden’s most historic house, document Camden’s and South Jersey’s little known role in the American Revolution and educate future generations


Explore the African American, Latino, and Lenape experiences before and during the war and acknowledge their important contributions to the American victory

Connect The Community

Serve as a meeting and event location for the community and contribute to residents’ healthy lifestyles as start of waterfront bike and walking trail.

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This national treasure is listed by the New Jersey Preservation Alliance as one of the most important endangered buildings in the state. Built in 1734 by the grandson of William Cooper, the founder of what is now Camden and friend of William Penn, the Benjamin Cooper House was controlled and used by the British on occasion in 1777-78 to launch an attack on Fort Mercer, protect their foraging operations, and support their evacuation of Philadelphia.

In The News

Effort to restore Camden’s oldest house gets a $500,000 federal boost

CAMDEN — The Benjamin Cooper House still looks about the same as it did in January of last year, when a group of state, county and city officials toured Lot 1, Block 1, the first charted parcel in the City of Camden.  But that doesn’t mean there’s been no progress in the effort to turn the derelict, yet historically significant, house into a museum commemorating South Jersey’s role in the American Revolution. Last week, those efforts got a $500,000 boost, as U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, a Camden resident, announced the funds would be part of a $4.3 million federal infusion for community projects in...
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The Story Of The Benjamin Cooper House

What They Say...

  • “This piece of living history would enable our students to put their studies in action and empower them to become well-informed, well-rounded active citizens with a knowledge of the rich history behind our city.”

    Katrina T. McCombs
    Camden City Schools Superintendent
  • “With the Benjamin Cooper House, we have a chance to do something unique for the city, South Jersey, and the region.”

    Jack O’Byrne
    Executive Director, Camden County Historical Society
  • “We support the Benjamin Cooper House being a multicultural heritage center and a tourist destination.”

    Mark Franklin
    Revolutionary War House Owner
  • “I’m glad the historical society is dedicated to saving this building and partnering with the community to make it accessible and culturally significant.”

    Jessica Franzini
    Executive Director, CLHI
  • This is “a great opportunity to showcase history and other things that make up the fabric” of the neighborhood and the adjacent Cramer Hill section.

    Shirley Irizarry
    Longtime North Camden resident

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