Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $15,000 (2012); $50,000 (2019) Grant Recipient: Cooper's Ferry Partnership County: CamdenMunicipality: Camden
In 1734 Joseph Cooper built the two and a half-story Dutch Colonial style stone residence for his son Benjamin on land conveyed to him by his father, the first Joseph Cooper. The Coopers were prominent business owners and dominated the early ferry industry which connected Camden to Philadelphia. As Camden developed into an industrial powerhouse, ferries were the catalyst that allowed transport of people and manufactured goods. The Benjamin Cooper House is one of the oldest standing buildings and the only remaining ferry tavern in Camden.
Now vacant, the house was severely damaged by fire in November 2012. The 2012 Trust grant helped fund plans for stabilization and a conditions assessment of the remaining portions of the building. The 2019 grant helped fund a Historic Preservation Plan for the building including a Heritage Tourism Assessment.
For more information, visit: http://www.ci.camden.nj.us/history/