CROSSWICKS, NJ -
On Sunday, February 21st, following their annual meeting (around 4:30pm), The Chesterfield Twp Historical Society will be hosting a "Heart Bombing" event at the Mincemeat Factory on Crosswicks-Chesterfield Road in Crosswicks.
More recently used, and currently owned, by the permanently closed Hamilton Uniforms, the Society hopes to raise awareness of the need for historical preservation.
The owners have until the end of February to respond to a violation by Chesterfield Township, deeming the structure a safety hazard. Chesterfield Township made it clear to WBNC News there was no mention of demolition by them specifically, but the Historical Society is worried about the future of the building in its current state.
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There is also an effort to save the blacksmith's shop, also on the property, as this is older than the factory. Where Osteria Procaccini now stands, used to be the town inn many years ago. People staying at that inn would leave their horses in a barn next door overnight. The blacksmith's shop was involved with the barn.
The factory has been in Crosswicks since 1874, and during World War II, the factory produced over 5 tons of mincemeat per day, the largest such mincemeat operation in the world.
The historical society asks that you "bring a homemade or store-bought red heart (the bigger the better) to help bring attention to this beloved building in distress." (Source)
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