Exhibit at James and Ann Whitall House Offers Visitors a Look Upstairs
(National Park, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholders announced that the upstairs of the James and Ann Whitall House is open for visitors to tour for the first time.
Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said that two bedrooms are now available for viewing and feature a new exhibit "From Midwifery to Yellow Fever: Life and Death at the Whitall House." The exhibit explores the complexity of life in colonial America, eighteenth century midwifery practices, and the impact yellow fever had on the Whitall family in 1797.
“This exhibit is a wonderful way to learn about the difficult conditions colonial Americans lived through, how they practiced medicine and dealt with disease,” said Damminger.
Freeholder Adam Taliaferro said that special objects on loan from the Philadelphia Mutter Museum are featured in the exhibit including lancets, fleams, a rare cupping kit, and forceps. The exhibit is made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
“I have been through my share of medical procedures and I am glad to live in the world I live in today,” said Freeholder Taliaferro. “Those who settled here and built this country had it rough. Learning about their instruments and techniques makes you appreciate the amazing advances in medicine we enjoy in this country,” Taliaferro said.
The upstairs and exhibit are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 1pm-4pm. The exhibit runs through the end of October. Please call to confirm docent availability in advance of your visit: (856) 853-5120.
Tours and events at the James and Ann Whitall House are free. The House is located at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ. Ample free parking is available at Red Bank Battlefield.