When Walt Whitman settled in Camden, New Jersey, in 1873, the city was a bustling hub of industry and growth. In the midst of it all sat Cooper Street: one of Camden's oldest thoroughfares, this street is named after one of the first established families of Camden, who maintained a successful ferry business for over 150 years. It also happens to be the street that the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities' (MARCH) historic home is located along.
Ever since his youth spent in Brooklyn, Whitman had been awestruck at the workings of ferry boats. Camden, serving as the link between South Jersey and Philadelphia, had the ferry boats he so adored - and he shared this adoration with the world, writing poems and journal entries detailing the beauty and serenity of the boats. Read some of Whitman's own descriptions of Camden's Cooper Street ferries, and glimpse into Camden's past; visit the MARCH house to celebrate Whitman's legacy alongside the history of Cooper Street. More information is available here.