Barclay Farmstead, a Township-owned historic site, traces its origins to 1684 when John Kay purchased the property. The 32-acre site on Barclay Lane currently includes a three story brick farmhouse built by Joseph Thorn in 1816. Winter hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During the spring, the farmhouse is open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with special guided tours available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Admission is free to Cherry Hill residents.
For information about special programs and events call 795-6225.
Croft Farm, on Evans Mill Road (Old Borton Mill Road) consists of a plantation house and outbuildings which date back to 1779. It is believed that during the 19th Century, the farmstead was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad, helping runaway slaves to freedom.
The "Auto Tour Guide of Historical Places in the Cherry Township of Cherry Hill" features eleven historic sites which can be visited by car and offers other interesting facts about the early history of this community. "Tour Guides" are available at a minimal price at the Barclay Farmstead, the Cherry Hill Public Library, and the Municipal Clerk's Office.
The Cherry Hill Historical Commission- established by Mayor Susan Bass Levin in 1989 to research, educate, and preserve the history of Cherry Hill, the Historical Commission welcomes interested residents to its monthly meetings. For information, call the Recreation Department at 488-7868.