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The Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm

 
 
The Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 29, 2014
1. The Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm Marker
Inscription. The Kay-Evans house at Croft Farm dates to the mid 18th century when Isaac Kay, a prominent West Jersey settler, built a two-story brick dwelling to accompany his burgeoning milling establishment on the banks of the Cooper River. Subsequent owner Thomas Evan, and his son Josiah, expanded the house and their milling and farming businesses on the site in the mid-1800s. The Evanses were active Quaker abolitionists and used the property as a station along the Underground Railroad, assisting runaway slaves traveling north to freedom. In 1925 John W. Croft, Jr. purchased the property, abandoning the obsolete milling industry on the site in favor of a more lucrative farming business.

Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in 1999, the Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm represents Cherry Hill Township’s early industrial agricultural and social history. The main farmhouse also illustrates the evolution of major architectural styles over three centuries.

The Kay-Evans House and Croft Farm property are owned and operated by Cherry Hill Township. Funding for the exterior restoration of the Kay-Evans House has been possible in part by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund administrated by the New Jersey Historic Trust State of New Jersey.
 
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The Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 29, 2014
2. The Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm
54.018′ N, 75° 1.182′ W. Marker is in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in Camden County. Marker is on Bartons Mill Road. Click for map. The marker is located to the right of the front door of the main house. Marker is in this post office area: Cherry Hill NJ 08034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Outbuildings at Croft Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Free Wheel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alfred Eastlack Driscoll (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hessian Army during the Revolutionary War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Haddonfield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guard House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian King Tavern (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian King Tavern State Historic Site (NR) (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cherry Hill.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 180 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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