The Thomas Budd House - Mount Holly, NJ
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N 39° 59.526 W 074° 47.287
18S E 518088 N 4426901
Quick Description: The Thomas Budd House, circa 1744, is the oldest structure in Mount Holly still on its original site. Today it is the home of the Bookery, a local book store. A local sign of history marks the significance of this home.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 12/19/2010 7:07:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMABK9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:

The Budd House is the earliest known residence on its original site in Mount Holly. Thomas Budd was a plantation owner and is one of the incorporates of the Mount Holly Library. His son and grandson, Dr. Stacey Budd, both lived in the home. Dr. Budd added a third floor to the structure, but it was removed in 1927. The house is made of brick, faded. There are four small, equally spaced windows up at the top, three over three, in what can be best described as an attic. It seems to be two and a half stories. There are three windows beneath those four, four over four. On the bottom floor are two windows with dark green shutters to the left and right of the second elevation entrance. The entrance is accessed by a few steps which come to a small landing. I also noticed a basement from the two windows flush with the ground with brick arches over the small, narrow windows.

The sign is located to the left of the front entrance of this beautiful home. The sign is similar to the signs in Moorestown, NJ which serve the same purpose. These signs in Mount Holly were erected in commemoration of the country's bicentennial celebration. They began hanging them in '75 and concluded in '76. This one was erected in 1975.

The building is also a contributing structure to the Mount Holly Historic District. There are scads of markers like this throughout the town. This building and others are located in a place called Mill Race Village. The Mill Race Village is part of a large historic restoration/neighborhood preservation project and a haven for entrepreneurs, artisans and professionals alike. This neighborhood is the oldest in Mount Holly and of course contains the oldest houses.

The historic marker reads:

Thomas Budd
Plantation Owner
Circa 1744
Col. Thomas A. Reynolds Chapter - NSDAR

The following comes from the book stores website:

The Bookery is a new bookstore in the Mill Race Village, in historic downtown Mount Holly, NJ. We are located in the Thomas Budd House (circa 1744) one of the earliest known residences on its original site in Mount Holly. And, according to local lore, is one of the most haunted places in the area. You can come and see our store and the ghosts for yourself during a local ghost tour held every Friday the 13th. Check the Mill Race Village website for more details or

Thomas Budd was a plantation owner and was one of the incorporates of the Mount Holly library. The house's basement has a tunnel in the corner which was used for the underground railroad. It was a museum for awhile, then it was converted back into a private home. It is now a bookstore known as "The Bookery."

The Thomas Budd house is believed to have been the site where a Hessian soldier was murdered by locals with his own bayonet for killing a little girl during battle. It is believed that his spirit is the one that haunts the house to this very day.

The house is located on White Street, at the intersection of White Street and Church/Charles Street.

The Bookery, LLC
20 White Street
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609.220.4466

Group that erected the marker: Col. Thomas A. Reynolds Chapter

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
20 White Street
Mount Holly, NJ USA

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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