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HAMMONTON - Restoration work on the exterior of the historic train station in Hammonton has been completed in time for the town’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Foot traffic is expected to increase at the historically significant site throughout the year-long anniversary celebration, said John Runfolo, executive director of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce.

These curious visitors will have the pleasure of seeing the building’s exterior in near-original condition. The masonry work was cleaned, removing years of dirt particles that darkened its color. The doors were painted to match as closely as possible to the building’s original colors, and all of the exposed eaves were painted.

This was a particularly large task as the eaves surround the building and also fill a central corridor. Also, any cracked windows were repaired and the gutters were restored. The work was completed in mid-December.

“This is a building of historical significance; consequently we abided by specific parameters,” said Bob Buckman, chamber trustee and general counsel. “This includes matching the original architecture and amenities, as well as hiring only firms qualified to perform historical restoration work.”

The railway station, built in 1926, now houses the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet Hammonton offices.

The exterior restoration project demonstrates the chamber’s commitment to maintaining the building, said Runfolo. Every year, they are required to set aside $5,000 for building upkeep. The money is used as needed for repairs and restoration. A few years ago, they repaired the roof, and next the chamber will turn their focus to restoring the interior of the building.

Several events are planned throughout the year for the sesquicentennial celebration. A Founder’s Day reception to officially kick off the year-long celebration is Friday, March 4, at New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, 840 Twelfth St., Hammonton. There will be music, photo displays and remarks by invited guests. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the program starts at 2:30 p.m. Call Susan at (609) 513-2689.

The Sesquicentennial Formal Gala will be held March 19 at Tomasello Winery. Tickets were sold in January for this unique formal event.

“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder will be presented at The Eagle Theatre in May and June. Visit theeagletheatre.com for showtimes.

The Red, White & Blueberry Festival is June 26; the Independence Day Parade and fireworks will be held July 4; and the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is July 16. The annual Halloween Parade is Oct. 26, and the Firemen’s Christmas Parade will be held in December. The Sealing of the town Time Capsule will take place at the end of the year.

For more information, visit hammontonnj.us

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