|86 Church Landing Road, Pennsville, NJ 08070|
Phone: (856) 678-4453
Pennsville Historical Society
Grounds are open daily; museum house open for tours on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm. Small parking area available on site.
Turn Left out of Riverview Beach Park onto Route 49. After 1.3 miles, turn Left
onto Church Landing Rd. Follow Church Landing Rd. to end and turn Right into Farmhouse Driveway. Map
At the north end of the beach there is a trail that parallels the river, along the wooded area and past scrub and grassland
habitats farther north. An old picnic area,
pavilion, and children’s playground are located between the woods and nearby athletic fields.
In the spring, if you sit quietly in the remote picnic pavilion, the house wren that nest in the overhead lighting will arrive to tend to its brood.
|The Pennsville Historical Society lovingly maintains the structures and grounds at this pleasant site. The main attraction is the restored Locuson Estate, which includes a farmhouse museum, maritime museum and Riverview Beach Park museum, as well as a splendid array of historic artifacts. Nature-seekers will enjoy the wildlife at the edge of the woods, and along the ample riverside beach. Fishing is permitted off the beach, and while the grounds are open to the public at all times, check the hours of the Historical Society’s Farmhouse Museum in advance of your visit.
On the river, scan for Common and Hooded Merganser. Check the wooded area
closest to the river for foraging Hermit Thrush and other wintering birds.
As the weather warms, and insects begin to stir, patient observation along the edge of the woods could reveal migrating warblers and songbirds. If you sit quietly in the picnic pavilion, a nesting House Wren may arrive to tend to its brood in the overhead light fixture.
Take precautions against biting insects while you enjoy the birds that feed on them.
Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin
and Chimney Swift gather in large numbers, especially in the late afternoon. Shorebirds feed on the riverside beaches.
You may wish to explore this site at dawn, when Wild Turkey, Ring-necked Pheasant, white-tailed deer and small mammals are active in the woods and nearby athletic fields. Scan the river for migrating scoters and shorebirds, and look overhead for signs of raptor migration, such as
a passing Cooper’s Hawk or smaller Sharp-shinned Hawk.