The oldest part of the Inskeep House dates to 1771. Two Nineteenth Century additions complete the graceful home that stands today as the home of the Evesham Historical Society. The house is furnished in period appropriate items from the local area. Special collections include Native American artifacts, early farm tools and household items, textiles and furniture. Also on sight is a 19th Century four seater privy and an old butcher shop once on Main Street.
Stop by our table to learn more about Evesham’s history and pick up your raffle tickets for a Cape May Getaway and some homemade preserves to enhance your holiday meals.
Bring your mother daughter or best friend to an elegant tea in the historic John Inskeep House, or come alone and make some new friends. Sandwiches, scones and desserts are all homemade. Cost is $25 per person. Tours of the Inskeep House are included.
Space is limited so make your reservations quickly. Mail a check payable to Evesham Historical Society, 10 Madison Court, Marlton, NJ 08053. Be sure to include your email so we can confirm your reservation.
Tour the John Inskeep Homestead, the oldest part of which dates to 1771 with two 19th Century additions. The house is furnished with period pieces. Exhibits also include Native American artifacts, tools and farm implements and period textiles. Also on the grounds are a four-seater privy and a 19th Century butcher shop that once stood on Main Street in Marlton.
The John Inskeep house includes an 18th Century kitchen and two 19th Century additions with period furniture and textiles as well as collections of Native American artifacts, tools and children’s items.
In the Fall of 2019, the Evesham Historical Society was thrilled to learn that we had been awarded a grant by the New Jersey Cultural Trust to develop a Preservation Plan for the John Inskeep Homestead. During 2020, when our doors were closed to the general public, Margaret Westfield and her team from Westfield Architects and Preservation Consultants were donning masks and working individually or in pairs to study and the John Inskeep Property roof to basement and property line to property line as well as the organization and governance of the Evesham Historical Society. Their evaluation included the history and construction of the house, butcher shop and privy, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, the grading and landscaping of the property and the areas that need further archeological exploration. They noted what is currently there, its functionality and historic appropriateness and looked at repairs and improvements that would not only preserve the buildings and property but would restore it to historical accuracy.
In early April 2021, we received the almost 400 page report of their findings along with cost estimates to do the physical work involved and suggestions for continued care and maintenance of the property and the health of our organization moving forward. Although the scope and cost of the work to be done is overwhelming when looked at in its entirety, individual tasks are prioritized and broken done in such detail that we will be able to see a path to move forward. We have already identified three key structural issues and are proceeding with a plan to address them, hopefully with some partial grant funding. Future endeavors will require organizational changes, major fund raising efforts on our part and lots of public support.
We are extremely grateful to the New Jersey Cultural Trust for providing a grant to complete this study and to Margaret Westfield and her team for not only all the work they have done in preparing the report but also for making themselves available to answer our numerous questions and offer advice as we continue our stewardship of this amazing part of Evesham’s history.