Lost Haddonfield: Birdwood

The past comes alive in pictures.

In 1746, Ebenezer Hopkins purchased the land on which the home now known as Birdwood stands on Hopkins Lane in Haddonfield, according to Cliff Brunker of the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

In 1778 Ebenezer's son, John Estaugh Hopkins, built a gristmill on the property at Cooper's Creek. John's son, William Estaugh Hopkins, built the present house for his bride, Ann Morgan, in 1794. She named it "Birdwood."

These photos are from the archives of the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

Loretka January 06, 2013 at 08:36 PM
In Cooper River Park, at Shady Lane in Haddon Township, stands the Hopkins House. I believe it was a farm way back when. In later years, it was the Camden County Park Police office, and now it is the Camden County Cultural Center. So would this be the same Hopkins family? I don't recall ever hearing of a gristmill (whatever that is).
Maryann Campling January 06, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Loretka...a gristmill was (is) a facility that uses large stones to grind down grains, wheat, rye, etc. into flour, fodder, etc. Always on the water, as that was how they were powered. Don't know the answer regarding the Hopkins family. But our Historic Society would be delighted to research your question, I'm sure.
Loretka January 06, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Thanks, Maryann. Maybe someone from your Historic Society will reply with the rest of the information.
Jan Lundy January 07, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Does the photo with the carriage and horse identify the people posing? I am looking for images of Horter women and Clark women (Emma Clark Roe) and her parents John Clark and Mary Ann Thomas Clark. I understand George Horter was quite a photographer and an early Haddonfield resident. Janflundy@gmail.com.
Reed Rothchild January 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I haven't been by there recently but I believe the "gristmill" was located where the woods now are by the path leading up the hill by Driscoll Pond aka lower Hopkins pond. There used to be a sign (which still might be there?) with a brief description of the mill that used to be there and I believe you can still see a portion of a wall of the mill through the woods. The historic pictures are very interesting to see. Keep them coming.


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