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1885 Time Capsule to be extracted from Courthouse Cornerstone This Monday - An Opening Ceremony Is Planned for Next Friday

Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney announced today that on Monday, October 24th that Masonry Preservation Group, Inc. (MPG) of Merchantville will begin the process of extracting the 1885 Time Capsule from the Old Courthouse.

The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders will open the Courthouse Time Capsule on Friday, October 28, 2005 at 10 am in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Old Courthouse, exactly 120 years to the day that the cornerstone was laid on the Courthouse and the time capsule was placed in it by the 1885 Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Published reports of October 28th 1885 mention the contents of the time capsule, among many items, should include newspapers from that year, coins, a copy of G.G. Green's Almanac for 1885, a silver tomahawk, one of the Red Men's emblem's, the election returns of Gloucester County in 1818, and a copy of the specifications for the construction of the new Court House.

After the Time Capsule is opened, its contents will be sent to a preservationist where they will be preserved so they can be utilized for an educational display.

The time capsule project began late last year, during courthouse renovations, when a county worker discovered that the 1885 cornerstone of the Old Courthouse contained a time capsule. Next spring, a new time capsule is going to be dedicated by the County to carry on the tradition that the 1885 time capsule has begun.

Schedule of Events


Monday, October 24th Old Courthouse, corner of Broad Street and Route 45, Woodbury
MPG will arrive on site in the morning, and estimate they should have the stones above the cornerstone around 1 pm

MPG plans to remove the stones above the cornerstone, lift out the time capsule, replace the stones and point the stones to match the existing pointing mortar. This should be complete by the end of the day, but may require MPG to work into Tuesday.

Open to the media

Friday, October 28th 10 am to 11 am Opening of the Time Capsule Ceremonial Courtroom, Gloucester County Courthouse, 1 N. Broad Street, Woodbury Open to the public and media