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History and Customs of a House

Photography by Hoag Levins

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Today's visitors actually drive up to the back of the Griffith Morgan house; the structure was originally designed to face the direction from which most eighteenth century travelers arrived: Pennsauken Creek. The shoreline is just a hundred-yard walk away through a dense woods (above, right).

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Jack Fichter, a retired Pennsauken school system history teacher now recovering from a stroke, spent years researching the Griffith Morgan family tree and the history of the house. He has documented more than 400 descendents from the late 1600s to the present. Architectural information he gathered in Wales helped guide work on the structure's restoration. AUDIO: Listen to Fichter (RealPlayer required). 1. "Collecting 400 names" and 2. "Architectural photos from Wales ..."

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The Griffith Morgan Committee continues to explore the customs and lore of colonial life. In a recent presentation at the house, historian Stacy Roth (above, left) explains the intricate traditions and tableware (above, right) involved in the preparation, serving and consumption of tea in the 1700s.

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Sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Ms. Roth's presentation included demonstrations with the same teas, sweeteners and implements (above, left) that would have been used two centuries ago. At lunch, guests were provided browsing copies of books about the commerce and lore of colonia-era tea.

The Griffith Morgan House is open to the public for a number of special events during the year but does not have scheduled weekly hours. The facility accommodates school and other groups by appointment. For additional information, contact:

Kay Rudderow
Griffith Morgan Committee
P.O. Box 522
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

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