Tours of Paulsdale
Robert Hess leads a tour group around the Paulsdale porch.
Enjoy a beautiful afternoon tour of historic Paulsdale. Tours begin with
a 15-minute show, The Life of Alice Stokes Paul, 1885-1977. Guests then walk around the porch to learn about the farm that once
surrounded Paulsdale. Inside the house, tourists learn
about the Paul family's daily life in the house, the
restoration/rehabilitation of the site and its present day use as
a girl's leadership center.
Though the house has no period furnishings, there is plenty of
history within its walls including dozens of historic
photographs and documents.
Not to be
Paul's six college degrees (all originals) including one from
Swarthmore (B.A. in Biology, 1905), two from the University of
Pennsylvania (M.A. in Social Work, 1907 and Ph.D. in Economics,
1912), and three from American University (LL.B.,
1922, LL.M., 1927, D.C.L., 1928)
and Tacie Paul's (Alice's parents) 1881 marriage certificate, a
handwritten document of this Quaker ceremony with signatures of
friends and relatives who witnessed the event
Jailed for Freedom pin, a replica similar to one Alice
wears in several photographs including two of her graduation
photographs you will see inside the house. The pin was given to
all suffragists who went to prison in 1917 for picketing the
White House, those who were jailed for asking for the freedom of
Photographs (many original) of Alice Paul, the Paul family,
Paulsdale and the farm.
The Paul family tree, detailing three generations of the Paul's
family, the first portion of an extensive lineage that includes
A hand-drawn map of the Paulsdale farm, circa. 1885,
likely drawn by Alice Paul's grandfather, Judge William Parry
Paul's bookcase, a circa mid-1800s wood and glass piece recently
restored by the Indian Springs Questers
Paulsdale is located at
128 Hooton Road,
Mount Laurel, NJ, 08054
Directions to Paulsdale
There are two ways to take a tour of Paulsdale:
Open House Tour Saturdays
Groups of ten or more can be arrange a tour for any date of the week, Monday through Friday.
Groups have the option of a tour alone (45 min) or a combination of a tour and
slide show presentation Alice Paul: New Jersey's Heroine for Equality (please plan for 1.5 to 2hrs
for both) or tour/slideshow and lunch. If you are interested in bringing a group to tour
contact Kris Myers at 856-231-1885 or
firstname.lastname@example.org at least three weeks before
your desired visit.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required at least one
week prior to your tour. Payments can be made in cash, by check (payable to
"API") or by Visa or MasterCard.
We will be happy to supply you with the names of local restaurants or caterers
who will deliver lunches or refreshments for your group to Paulsdale. If
you would like to bring your own food, please call us to make arrangements. We
look forward to seeing you soon!
(min. of 10 people)
Tour only (45
Tour & Slideshow Combo (2
(10 or more)* **
$14.00/pp for students
** Combo and Lunch
(3 hrs.) (10 or more)
(price includes table and chair set up & break down, trash/recycling
facilities and staff assistance)
*Please note: Maximum visit/program time is three hours
Paulsdale is a carry-in, carry-out facility. Please bring trash
and recycling back with you.
is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.
and in 1991 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The
exterior and interior of the house have been restored to their
appearance during Alice Paul's residence, with modern
accommodations that meet visitors' needs.
Alice Paul was born and raised at
Paulsdale. Her parents purchased the farm in 1883, when it
encompassed more than 150 acres of orchards, farm crops and a
small dairy herd. The Paul family farmed the land until selling
Paulsdale in the 1950s. It remained a private residence
until API purchased the property in 1990. The c. 1800 farmhouse
stands on 6.5 acres of the original property.
Memberships, grants, and other contributions have enabled the Alice Paul
Institute to undertake the following projects:
Commemorated Alice Paul's 100th birthday with the presentation of Alice Paul
Woman of Courage Awards to astronaut Sally Ride, Sonia Johnson and Judge
Purchased Dr. Paul's books, papers and personal effects and donated the
items to the Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
in America at Radcliffe Institute and to the Smithsonian's National Museum
of American History.
National Historic Landmark designation for Paulsdale as well as
listing on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.
"Reclaiming Women's History Through Historic Preservation," the first
national conference on the preservation of women's historic sites.
Coordinated "Passing the Torch," New Jersey's statewide event to celebrate
the 75th anniversary of women's right to vote.
the Alice Paul Leadership Program, providing workshops and seminars on
leadership and women's history to adolescent audiences.
Helped to establish the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail.
Raised funds and oversaw historic restoration and rehabilitation of
Celebrate your next event at historic Paulsdale!
for new ideas, historical surroundings and unique possibilities for your
next meeting or special event? Paulsdale is available seven days a
week for corporate events, wedding receptions, breakfasts,
luncheons, dinners, business meetings, holiday parties, afternoon teas, and
Paulsdale, a National Historic Landmark
listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. This
American treasure is the former birthplace and family home of Alice Stokes
Paul- a woman who courageously led the final campaign for women's right to
vote and authored the Equal Rights Amendment.
was recently restored to appear as it did when Paul lived here, from 1885 to
1920. Paulsdale offers a variety of interior and exterior spaces
suitable for meetings and special events.
is located on 6 1/2 acres, and can accommodate up to 50 people inside and up
to 250 under a tent outside. There is a small staging kitchen available, a
handicapped accessible bathroom, two second floor bathrooms and handicapped
access to the first floor.
Ask about our special discount rates for members, non-profits and government
rental rates and more information please contact the
Institute at 856-231-1885, or at