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Long-A-Coming Depot/Berlin Railroad Station- Berlin, New Jersey
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bpom
N 39° 47.637 W 074° 55.540
18S E 506364 N 4404890
Quick Description: Long-A-Coming Depot (added 1997 - Building - #97000063) Also known as Berlin Railroad Station Between Washington and E. Taunton Aves., SE of jct. of NJ 73 and E. Taunton Ave., Berlin .
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 12:19:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM5XBK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 7

Long Description:
The Camden and Absecon Railroad Company laid a single rail line in 1853 that ran parallel to the main road between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Long-A-Coming Station, as it was oringinally called, was built in 1856. A hotel and tavern were within walking distance of the station to make it an ideal place for a stop.

On February 5, 1867, the station was renamed "Magnolia". This caused much confusion because the town of Magnolia was nearby. So, three months later, on May 7, the town name and the station name were changed to Berlin.

The first Station Agent was Joseph L. Thackara. Other residents who served as agents were Howard C. Sharp, Mr. Brace, Henry N. Gillon, David R. Lee, Herbert R. Snyder, and John W. Green. The station was used for both passengers and freight.

After some heavy rail traffic in the early years, the depression and increase of automobiles caused train travel to decline. By the 1960's the railroad that had grown to a double track was reduced back to a single line and stations were closed and removed. The Berlin Station was closed. It stood empty until 1994 when two residents, Roy Schmidt and Dan Pomponio, Sr., organized the restoration of the station. The Long-A-Coming Historical Society members did the work. The restoration took two years to complete. The railroad allowed the station to remain on its original spot. It is now a museum and meeting place for the Long-A-Coming Historical Society.

The Berlin Train Station is the oldest existing station in New Jersey. Tours are by appointment. See the web site.

Street address:
Washington Ave.
at railroad tracks
Berlin, NJ United States

County / Borough / Parish: Camden County

Year listed: 1997

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Area of Significance: Transportation

Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Transportation, Historic Sub-function: Rail-Related

Current function: Recreation And Culture, Social Current Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Museum

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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