Swede Run Barn Will Be Open for Christmas Cards

Moorestown Historical Society board member Julie Maravich said she'll open the gate for families that want to have holiday photos taken by the barn.

In keeping with a Moorestown holiday tradition, the Swede Run Barn will be available for families who want to use it as a backdrop for their Christmas cards.

Julia Maravich, a member of the Historical Society's board of trustees, said she will arrange to have the gate opened for anyone interested in having photos taken by the barn. Contact her directly at 856-266-7607.

The gate was installed when restorations began earlier this year, blocking off access to the 150-year-old structure.

After running out of funds, the restoration project was briefly in limbo, until Burris Construction CEO William Burris made a $5,000 donation earlier this fall. The donation will allow supporters to finally finish the project. 

Maravich said the group is awaiting township approval of the new door jambs, which is the next step in the restoration process. She's hoping they can begin installation by next week.

She said she'd like to have all the exterior work finished by February at the latest.

As always, the historical society is still accepting donations. Donations by check should be made out to The Historical Society of Moorestown with “barn restoration” on the memo line. Donations should be mailed to Julie Maravich, 660 Chester Ave., Moorestown, NJ 08057.

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SteveS December 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Ed, I agree with Dudley, it looks more like an asphalt shingle roof then a slate roof. Also, I question, whether a structure like that would have originally had a slate roof. Slate was expensive even in the early 1800's. My guess is either wood shingle or thatch would have be accurate for a structure like that. Is there research to support a fake slate roof in lieu of wood or thatch?
Tom December 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Neither asphalt or fake rubber slate are historical which begs the question what is is stopping Dudley and me from putting up the vinyl siding and a nice steel door to finish the job? Well, except we will need to get the key to unlock the gate on our land.....
Ed Nice December 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hey Steve did you see what was on there for years? LOL It was slate. So I would say they are historically correct by putting a like material back on the roof. From what I understand it may not have even been a barn or shed either. I don't know for sure. Slate that far back in the day was a common material used because it lasted so long. They didn't have asphalt shingles 200 years ago, so it was either slate, cedars, or tin. Thatch now that's funny.... I think your going a little to far back like to Little House on the Perry to far! LOL The reason fake slate is used on historical renovations is because it is much cheaper and I'm telling you I could line a pile of it up side by side and from a distance of 30 ft. you would have trouble telling the difference. People just don't like the color choice they made. It is not a uniform color which was common because it was cheaper back then compared to paying for all one color slate. Ask Larry, they saw it up close when they took it off. they can tell you if it was a low grade slate which may explain why a farmer put it on an out building. Who knows I wasn't around back then but they are historically correct.
SteveS December 01, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Thanks Ed, I didn't realize there was a quarry that close by to warrant a farmer to travel to it when cedar and pine would have more plentiful closer to the site. They may not have had asphalt shingles back then; they also didn't have trucks and paved roads to get a heavy material like slate easily to what I imagine would have been a fairly secluded area back in the day. I defer to your expertise on this subject.
Ed Nice December 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Well Steve how old is the building, they obviously had the slate back then because it was on the building to start with. So wouldn't putting slate back make sense. You are equating historical to as far back as our country was founded. Well I doubt that building is that old. Historical is 100 years or so. Not sure what the historical society deems, but make sense right. So 100 years ago do you think that slate was more available. I would think so with all the homes in this town with a plaque on them and slate for roofs. Bringing up unpaved roads and limited availability because we are in the stone age is no argument. As I said earlier we're not talking Little House in the Prairie. The material was obviously readily available considering there are so many houses in this town with slate. Once again .... just saying!


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