ESTELL MANOR – The Atlantic County Veterans Museum will extend its normal hours of operation to be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The museum includes military artifacts and personal donations from the Revolutionary War through modern day, most of which has been collected from Atlantic County veterans and their families.
The museum plans to join organizations across the country with the tolling of bells at 11 a.m. in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed.
Visitors to the museum will also see a display of 660 American flags on the property’s front lawn through Thanksgiving Day. The display is provided by “Flags for Forgotten Soldiers” to promote greater awareness of the alarming number of suicides among our veterans. There are currently an average of 22 veteran suicides a day in the U.S., or 660 per month.
The Atlantic County Veterans Museum is located at 189 Route 50 South, Estell Manor, in the historic Daniel Estell House, adjacent to the Atlantic County Park and the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery.
The building is the former home of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the first mayor of Estell Manor and the first female mayor in New Jersey. It was built in 1832 by Winston’s grandfather and remodeled in the 1920s to Colonial Revival style. Atlantic County purchased the house in 1993 and recently rehabilitated it to provide a museum to serve as a tribute to our local veterans and honor their contributions to our nation’s history.
The museum opened to the public in 2017. Its normal hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Additionally, on Nov. 7, local scout troops in cooperation with Atlantic County Parks staff will honor the memories of our fallen veterans and their spouses who are buried in the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery with the placement of flags on their gravesites in preparation for the Veterans Day holiday.
To learn more about the museum or to schedule a group tour, call 609-909-7305.