Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day


 
 

Summer Resort
This town of Haddonfield has always enjoyed the reputation of being an old established community where people are barn, raised as children, and live as adults all their lives without having their roots shaken by change of address.   For the most part this is true, but there is a part of Haddonfield’s history that through the years has passed unnoticed and unmentioned by most of the townspeople because they took it as a matter of course and paid no attention to it.  This is the fact that Haddonfield was once regarded as a summer resort for affluent families from Philadelphia and Camden - people who wished to get away from the cities into the suburbs during the summer months.  Bear in mind that the seashore was not readily accessible at the turn of the century as it is for us now.  A trip to the shore was a long arduous journey and the head of a family could not commute.  Haddonfield was a close point to reach, and it became a summer resort for city folk who in summer time wished to be in the country for their vacations.  Don’t misunderstand; the town was not interrupted by a widespread migration in the summer, but scattered resident all over town rented rooms to vacationers.  A large white house on Warwick Road opposite the E. T. Gill farmhouse was available for rooms and board, and a house on East Cottage Avenue was rented every year by a Philadelphia family.  Many of our old well known Haddonfield families regularly came to town aa resorters and eventually move here permanently.  To name them without permission would be improper, but they would be well known.  Haddonfield was on a countrified little village, a resort for a restful, relaxing vacation.

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