As part of an ongoing lecture series offered by the Hopewell Public Library, Historian Jack Koeppel will present a lecture, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7pm at the Hopewell Theater, about the transformation of Trenton’s Cadwalader Park, possibly the most famous park in New Jersey.
Often referred to as “New Jersey’s Central Park,” the 100-acre park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1890 with rolling hills, tree-lined roads, and a beautiful pond. The park was officially opened with a festive May Day celebration on May 1, 1902, fourteen years after its establishment. This crown jewel of Trenton’s recreational system has provided generations of city dwellers with a taste of the country. Carved out of Cadwalader Estate, the original Ellarslie Mansion has been a center of activity, eventually becoming the home of today’s Trenton City Museum. Over the years, the park has had a bandshell with weekly concerts, a playground with a carousel, a deer park, and a monkey house.
Koeppel is a lifelong resident of Hopewell Valley where he has served as president of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and trustee of the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and Howell Living History Farm. Currently, he is the Collection Manager for the Trenton City Museum.
The Hopewell Theater is at 5 S. Greenwood Ave. in Hopewell Borough. All Hopewell Public Library talks are free and open to the public. Due to the size limitations of the library building these talks are held at different venues in the Borough. Speakers include local authors, historians, environmentalists, and experts. For more information and updates, please check the library website at redlibrary.org, Facebook, or contact the library at 609-466-1625.