Croft Farm In Cherry Hill

Dated: 07/17/2014

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Croft Farm was once a working mill and farm. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad during that era.  This site has played an important role in the growth of Southern New Jersey for more than 300 years.   

The 16-room farmhouse is the centerpiece of Croft Farm.  It was built in several stages; the original section of the house was built in 1753 and still exists today as the dining room, ‘tight winder’ staircase and the primary façade facing Evans’ Pond. In 1816 there were rooms added on to the northern side of the house to change the orientation of the home from the pond toward the road.  This change was an acknowledgement of the development of roads and the new transportation lines.
In the 1920’s when the saw and grist mills were no longer functioning, the Evan’s family sold the land to John W. Croft, Jr. who farmed the land until 1982.  In 1985, the Crofts sold the 80-acre property to Cherry Hill Township.  In 1995 Croft Farm was reborn as the Cherry Hill Arts Center.
All year long there are a wide variety of classes from painting to modern dance and the space is utilized by children, seniors and all members of the community.  Croft Farm also hosts community festivals, performances, art exhibits and performances in the ‘Ensemble Series’. In the summer, there is a unique arts camp for children in Grades 1 to 6.
Croft Farm is located adjacent to Camden County’s Challenge Grove Park, near the intersection of Brace and Borton’s Mill Roads. For more information on activities, call the Cherry Hill Department of Parks & Recreation at 856-488-7868 or visit the Arts Board blog site.
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