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Posted on: June 11, 2021

Department Spotlight: Red Bank Battlefield

Located on the waterfront of the Delaware River, Red Bank Battlefield played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War when Hessians attacked Fort Mercer on October 22, 1777.

The park is home to the James and Ann Whitall house. Built in 1748, the Whitall House offers tours and programs throughout the year that focus on the history of the park.

The Gloucester County Certified Gardeners maintain our historic gardens. The gardeners are volunteers who actively work to cultivate vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, dyeing flowers, and cutting flowers that are historically representative of the eighteenth century.  

Red Bank Battlefield offers tours of the Whitall House, gardens and grounds to share the history that happened at the park. The Whitall House is currently showing their newest exhibit, “Whispers of the Past: Archeology at Red Bank Battlefield.”

The exhibit features over 50 objects documenting the Battle of Red Bank, the Whitall family farm, and Native American life along the Delaware River. The exhibit is open to the public Thursday-Sunday from 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.

In addition to the historical showcases the park offers, the park is also home to 2 large pavilions available to rent for events. 

The Department of Parks and Recreation offers programs to explore the park as well including:

    • History Tots (Registration and waiver required)
    • Summer History Camp ((Registration and waiver required)
    • Hearth Cooking Demonstrations (Registration and waiver required)
    • Spring Festival held in April to kick off summer programming
    • Family History Days these begin in June and continue through August and September
    • The Whitall Flower Show in June
    • Butterfly Festival in July 
    • 18th Century Field Day in October
    • Jonas Cattell Run & Fort Mercer 5K in October
    • Whitall House Candlelight Tours in December 

We’re so excited to be able to hold our summer camps and programming this year. We missed seeing everyone at the park, and hope you’ll stop by to enjoy our parks this summer. 

If you have any questions about our parks, programming or renting pavilions please call 856-251-6710 or visithttps://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/646/Parks-Recreation

Thank you,

Robert M. Damminger

Director

Gloucester County Board of Commissioners

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