Become a founding member of the
American Revolution Museum
of Southern New Jersey
and help us save the Benjamin Cooper Tavern
Help us Save the Historic Benjamin Cooper Tavern (1734), located near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden City, and become a Founding Member of the American Revolution Museum of Southern New Jersey by donating today!
This national treasure was built in 1734 by the grandson of William Cooper, the founder of what is now Camden and friend of William Penn. During the Revolutionary War, the tavern was occupied by the British in 1777-78 to protect their foraging operations and for their evacuation from Philadelphia.
The tavern is listed by the New Jersey Preservation Alliance as one of the most important endangered buildings in the state.
The Camden County Historical Society is creating a dedicated fund to be used exclusively to preserve the Benjamin Cooper Tavern and develop the building into the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey!
Your donations to this project will help us:
Complete the Benjamin Cooper Tavern Preservation Plan: The Benjamin Cooper Tavern Preservation Plan will provide a road map for the long-term preservation, use, and maintenance of the house and site. It will bring together any research already compiled while adding new information that we uncover; provide detailed condition assessments for all of the building systems, provide guidance for the appropriate treatment of the building’s historic fabric, and provide concept plans for the treatment, use and interpretation of the house and site.
Acquire the property and renovate this historical treasure for modern use as a museum.
Create and open the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey before July 4, 2026.
Interior Images of the Benjamin Cooper Tavern, taken April 2019.
The American Revolution Museum of South Jersey will:
Honor America’s 250th Birthday on July 4, 2026
Tell the overshadowed history of South Jersey during the Revolution including the heroism of the Marquis de Lafayette and Cavalry General Casmir Pulaski.
Encourage Philadelphia tourists to cross the bridge to visit Revolutionary War historical sites throughout South Jersey and improve our local economy.
Please Donate Today!
Your contributions help us get closer to opening the doors of the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey! The Camden County Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, and your donation may be tax deductible.
All donors over $10,000 will be named as Founding Members of the Museum.
Please make checks payable to the Camden County Historical Society, and put "Benjamin Cooper Tavern" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to: Camden County Historical Society
P.O. Box 378, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Donate today to receive fundraising updates and learn about joining the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey Committee.