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Gabriel Daveis Tavern - Glendora, NJ

Gabriel Daveis Tavern, also known as the Hillman Hospital House, is one of New Jersey’s oldest historical landmarks. Built in 1756, Daveis, his wife and three children lived in the 8-room structure. To make a living they turned part of it into a tavern which housed travelers and boatmen who shipped goods on the Big Timber Creek to Philadelphia. In 1768 Sarah Daveis, Gabriel’s widow, did not renew the license and it ceased to be a tavern. It then served as a home for important figures of the Revolutionary War.


During the Revolutionary War the attic was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. It is said you can still see blood stains in the attic and it is reported to be haunted. It has been reported you can hear sounds of people suffering, lights in windows and people walking up the stairs.


The last owner of the property, Mr. Schuck, purchased the home from Joseph Jaggard in 1933. Mr. Jaggard was the last of the Warwick Jaggard family who owned the home for about 100 years. The home had gone into disrepair. Mr. Schuck tried several times to purchase the home from Jaggard. Mr. Jaggard finally agreed when Mr. Schuck offered Mr. Jaggard to live with him in the home and bring it back to life. Mr. Schuck worked for a local newspaper and was also an artist. His paintings are still in the home.


Mr. Jaggard is of the ghosts who still roams the home.It is said that Mr. Jaggard was hunting in the early 1900s and decided to rest against a tree and place his shotgun next to him. A bee started to bother him. When he swatted the bee his gun fell to the ground and went off and blew off most of his leg. He was alone so he used his belt for a tourniquet and crawled back to his house. His wooden prosthetic leg is under a protective case within the home


William Schuck died in 1976 and is buried on the premises. He left the tavern and its original furnishings to Gloucester Township for $1.00 as long as the town officials created a historic society, opened the house for public tours and allowed him to be buried on the property.

The tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Located at: 503 Third Street, Glendora, NJ


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