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South Jersey Trails – 1920s edition – Haddon Heights, NJ


Wow did the White Horse Pike (off to the left there) look different in 1916.

So, I disappeared off the blog for about a month and a half there (Sorry!), which was partially due to helping my church get ready for…

Our 100th Birthday!

Due to a deficiency in my birth year, I missed the first 65 years of our time as a church, so I volunteered to go through the picture archives and scan hundreds and hundreds of pictures and to make a slide slow.  You know, for fun.


This is what fun looks like.  Look how happy those people are to have a pump!  Also, I really wish I knew the story behind this picture.

The payoff for you, my loyal readers, is that you didn’t have to put up with posts from me for six whole weeks.

Wait!  No!

The payoff is that I found a picture labeled as being from a church hike in 1920.  Sadly, the photo did not list where this hike took place.

I’m so taken with this picture that, from now on, we here at South Jersey Trails will only be hiking in period costumes from the 1920s.


I expect REI to be rolling out their retro hiking wear line in time for holidays as well.

Anyway, happy 100th Birthday to Ascension Lutheran Church of Haddon Heights!

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Historic Smithville Park Trails – Eastampton, NJ


Historic Smithville Park Trails – Eastampton, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – 4.1 miles of trails
Type: Out & Back or Loop.  We made a 3 mile loop or so of the Red and Green our first time here, and did 2 miles with the Ravine Trail and wandering around our second time here.
Hours: 8AM to dusk.  The mansion grounds are open weekdays, 8AM to 5PM. Mansion tours are also available on Wednesdays and Sundays from May through October, and Holiday tours in December.

Difficulty: 3 out of 10.
Total score: 9 of 10.
Updated: January 7, 2016

Website – Historic Smithville Park
Facebook – Historic Smithville Park, NJ

Terrain – Woods, riverside, and right on top of the pond.  Some elevation change on the Green and Blue trails.
Surface – mostly dirt, some concrete

Trailheads – Smith’s Woods Parking Lot (Red Trail and Orange Butterfly Garden Trail) –  39°58’46.50″N,  74°44’34.17″W
Behind Mansion Complex (Red Trail) –  39°59’8.75″N,  74°45’3.11″W
Blue Trail (Next to picnic area) –  39°59’9.28″N,  74°45’6.11″W
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