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.
“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.”
“With the Benjamin Cooper House, we have a chance to do something unique for the city, South Jersey, and the region.”
“We support the Benjamin Cooper House being a multicultural heritage center and a tourist destination.”
“I’m glad the historical society is dedicated to saving this building and partnering with the community to make it accessible and culturally significant.”
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.
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