Augustus Reeve was a brick manufacturer and a very big deal in his day. After he died, his family left Camden, sold the mansion to absentee owners who failed to secure the property, and what happened to the home and in the neighborhood then is pretty much the same as what happens today.
Augustus Reeve played a pivotal role in the establishment of Cooper Hospital, becoming one of its original trustees when the hospital was founded in 1875.
Termed a ';rendezvous of thieves, a haven for spooners and a general nightmare, the deserted and broken down mansion at Third and State Streets, was ordered torn down.
Women —except the class that has gone there to spoon—fear to go near the place by night, and the neighborhood in general has suffered considerably because city officials have failed to take steps to have the nuisance eliminated.