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Sat, Dec 02



Elves' Workshop - FREE!

Join us on December 2, for Kids Crafts with Santa and Hot Chocolate. No ticket is required to attend this event being hosted in the J.C. Penney Building (c. 1869) located at 225 East Broadway.

Elves' Workshop - FREE!
Elves' Workshop - FREE!

Time & Location

Dec 02, 2023, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Salem, 225 E Broadway, Salem, NJ 08079, USA

About the event

As part of a day of festivities surrounding the Salem City Historic Homes Yuletide Tour, join Santa's Elves in the restored JC Penney building for kids' crafts and hot chocolate. This event is free and gives you an opportunity to see all that's been done to restore this landmark building in town.

About The Location

Built-in 1927 for retail space, JC Penney leased it for the company’s first New Jersey location. The store expanded in 1948, including a rear section

and balcony area. This served as one of Salem’s most important retail stores up until the mid-1990s.

The building was actually built around an older structure – a Quaker public schoolhouse dating to the early 19th century. This building, along with the adjacent and locally famous “Texas Restaurant,” were lost to fire in the 1960s.

Today the building has been completely renovated and the storefront, windows, tin ceilings, tin wall, and upstairs railing have been largely preserved.

Funding has been provided by the New Jersey Historic Trust, New Jersey.

Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program and New Jersey Community Capital. The building is owned by Stand Up For Salem which plans to operate neighborhood programs including a Historic Building Arts Training Program for carpentry, plaster, and masonry training.

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