A few days ago I was speaking to one of my clients and our talk turned to Winslow Township and its history. He told me about some of the places around the township when he was growing up and we discussed some of the existing buildings around the township. He told me that he had an old photograph of the Cedarbrook School that use to be where the current firehouse on Cedarbrook Rd is. He mentioned the old municipal building on East Central Ave in the Blue Anchor area of Winslow Township. He also mentioned that there was what remained of an old foundation in the wooded area of the Donald E. Heggan Memorial Park on East Central Ave. He told me that the foundation was still visible.
So, today on the way to my office I decided to take a quick side-trip to check out what I could see there. As you south on Route 73 past the current townhip municipal building and just before you get to the grassy divide where the old Blue Anchor Inn stood, East Central Ave crosses. At this intersection you’ll make a left and drive downa couple of miles when you come upon the Donald E. Heggan Memorial Park. I had no difficulty in locating the old foundation in the wooded area. It was clearly visible from the road. But I decided to drive a little further and park in the parking lot before walking the short distance back to the area of the foundation.
Now, I was told that this foundation is all that is left of the old Winslow Town Hall. I’d be
Foundation from supposed old Winslow Town Hall.
very interested in learing more about this and getting any kind of confirmation of this information. Donald E. Heggan Memorial Park is named after a Township resident who died during the Vietnam War. This facility is 6 ½ acres, which includes a baseball field, a basketball court, a tennis courts, a tot lot, a modular play unit and a deck hockey court. It is from this deck hockey court that you can start. As you face it the old foundation is loacted to the right a short distance away. You should be abole to see it from where you stand because it looks like there has been some work done to clear away the foliage from around it.
I took a few minutes and walked around the area and took a few more photos:
The full foundation area looking from the right side
- The back section of the foundation
This is the backside of the foundation front.
This is a picture of the full foundation area. On the left side is the front with the stairs and what remains of the front foundation wall.
This shows the back section of the foundation. It looks like the foundation had some kind of extension here. This would have been the rear wall of the building.
I took a photo of the backside of the front foundation wall. I couldn’t tell if this building had a cellar or just a crawlspace but the foundation wall here comes up a couple of feet from the ground.
So, if any one has any information about this former build send me an e-mail or, if you prefer to utilize your literary talents, you can register and enter your information on the Winslow Wiki.