Creative Escapes in the Garden State

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Keep Your Creativity Alive Over the Summer

Camden County

This edition of Creative Escapes takes you to Camden County where you can explore historical, literary, artistic and culinary treasures.  We start this trip with a visit to the Walt Whitman House in Camden, the only house he ever owned and where he spent the last years of his life.  The surrounding area has drastically changed since his death in 1892, but inside the house you can step back in time and see some of Whitman’s personal belongings, original letters and the bed where he passed away.  (Please note that you must call ahead to make appointment as visits are by appointment only).  While you’re in Camden, head to the waterfront area to see the Battleship New Jersey, which was first launched on December 7, 1942—a year after Pearl Harbor and has a storied history of service in World War II, The Korean War and The Vietnam War.

If you’re a teacher, this is a great opportunity to preview the Battleship as a class trip.  For a stroll through one of New Jersey’s sweetest small towns, head to nearby Collingswood, NJ.   Several nights a week over the summer, the downtown has movies, music and arts events free and open to the public.  We are excited about Summer Mummer Concerts, where you can see Philadelphia Mummers string bands performing.  Cool off with an old fashioned ice cream soda or a milkshake (the Frosted Whoppers milkshake looks yummy!) at the Pop Shop. If you live in Camden County and want to share more ideas, we’d love to hear them!

Milkshake photo via Pop Shop

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