With so many activities for people of all ages, Mount Laurel is an exciting place to live. The Farmer’s Hall in Mount Laurel, also called the Old Town Hall, is reflective of the history of the community…it was built in 1866, and is still maintained today by the Mount Laurel Historical Society.
Farmer’s Hall is located at the corner of Moorestown – Mt. Laurel Road and Hainesport – Mt. Laurel – Evesboro Road. It was originally intended for the Farmer’s Progressive Club, and was also used in 1872 for the annual Town Officers election. As the Historical Society’s page notes, it served as the town hall building for Mt. Laurel from 1904 through 1969. The township performed a renovation in 2002, and today the building is home to the Mount Laurel Historical Society, formed in 1970.
The Farmer’s Hall building is an architectural anomaly that should fascinate history and architecture buffs. The President of the Mount Laurel Historical Society noted several unusual characteristics of the building itself…including the roof’s Greek Revival or Italianate influences, the large room and small rooms in the corners of the first floor, the winding stairs leading to the large meeting room on the second floor, and chimney and stove that kept this room heated. The semicircular plaque that reads “MOUNT LAUREL 1866” is preserved over the door, taking the visitor back through time.
Today, the Mount Laurel Historical Society operates from Farmer’s Hall, where they hold regularly scheduled meetings and occasional events. You can visit their website here.
If you appreciate the history of our country and New Jersey, or if you would like to learn more about your area’s roots, Farmer’s Hall in Mount Laurel is well worth a visit. It’s one of many attractions in the Mt. Laurel area that make it an interesting and worthwhile place to live.