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Stephen Girard House - Mount Holly, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 59.705 W 074° 46.959
18S E 518554 N 4427233
Quick Description: This house is perhaps the most famous of any home in this town for the notoriety and fame of its former owner. Stephen Girard was the 4th richest man in the country (ever!) and even saved the U.S. gov't from going broke during the war of 1812.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 7:59:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMGVR6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member LowellHouseGuy
Views: 3

Long Description:

There are two local historic markers located at the house. This waymark is for the typical of the blue unofficial ones local historical societies erect to call attention to their older and more historic homes. The sign is standing in front of the house & reads:

GIRARD HOUSE
_______
Stephen and Mary Lum Girard
resided and operated a retail
store here during the
American Revolution
The other green sign is smaller and is attached high above to the far right side of the house.
GIRARD HOUSE
_______
Stephen Girard Lived Here,
1777-78. He Later Became
Prominent as a Merchant
Shipowner, Financier And
Philanthropist.

This 18th century home is large but constricted to a small lot. It looks run down and not at all resembling its former glory of a hundred years ago or even further. The house and its history have found their way on many sites. The house is typical of homes built in the late 18th century. I was able to find a decent description written more than a hundred years ago:
History: Built before 1799 probably by Isaac Haxelhurst and William Calvert; present owner, Mrs. Charles Roger.
Description: frame construction, siding; inside brick chimneys; roof pitch; two stories.
Historic American Buildings Survey, March 11, 1937.

W. Jay Mills in 1902 wrote a personal piece on Girard and the house based on information received from town folk handed down to them from the previous generation. In other words, they heard first hand accounts of Girard and the house. The account is a most unusual and personal one and can be found HERE. Additionally, a fellow who lived in my neck of the woods a hundred years ago went around with his camera and documented all the homes which were considered old back them. Many of them survive today. He captured a terrific pic of the Girard house in the thirties. Nathaniel R. Ewan's picture can be found HERE.

Naturally, a building this old and unique is also a contributing structure to the Mount Holly Historic District. In my never ending quest to document all things contributing, I visited the town library to retrieve the nomination form and narratives for the historic district. The reference desk rewarded me with a very old, crumbling NRHP packet from 1969. Despite what on-line sources would have you believe, there are actually 39 contributing structures and not 36.

From the Nomination Form:
2. STEPHEN GIRARD HOUSE ....1773 ....211 Mill Street
Two and one-half story rectangular English frame; foundation of stone and brick; inside end chimneys and one interior; 6/6 windows with plain trim flanked by paneled shutters first floor and louvered shutters second floor; two bay porch; paneled door; gabled roof with box cornice (H.A.B.S. NJ 316)
[H.A.B.S. is an acronym for Historic American Buildings Survey of which this house is listed].

Address
211 Mill Street
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Marker Name: Girard House

Marker Type: Local? Unofficial

Marker text:
GIRARD HOUSE
_______
Stephen and Mary Lum Girard
resided and operated a retail
store here during the
American Revolution


Dedication Date: 1/1/1982

City: Mt. Holly

County: Burlington

Group responsible for placement: Local Historical Society

Web Link: [Web Link]

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