301 State Street

Dilapidated Mansion - AI Stock Photo

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.

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    Augustus Reeve was born in Alloway, Salem County, NJ, in the year 1833. In 1866, he relocated to Camden and made a significant acquisition—the Pea Shore Brick Works, situated along the Delaware River’s northern banks, just north of Camden. Through his dedicated efforts, he transformed this enterprise into a thriving brick and terra cotta manufacturing…

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