Powell House 1991
House, ByVIKIREATH Courier-Post Courier-Post Courier-Post Staff GLOUCESTER TWP. - Drive by the 300-year-old 300-year-old 300-year-old 300-year-old 300-year-old Chew-Powell Chew-Powell Chew-Powell House on Good Intent Road, and chances are you'll see Gertrude or Joseph Feucht working outside. In 1970, the Feuchts bought the dilapidated 2'a-acre 2'a-acre 2'a-acre property, the only existing relic of the Lost Town of Upton, now the Blenheim section section of the township. They restored the sandstone stucco house, now listed on the national and state historic registers, registers, and the adjacent one-acre one-acre one-acre cemetery. "It was an eyesore," Mrs. Feucht said. "But we saw it with our hearts, not our eyes," she said. "I'm that way. I like to preserve things, one-eyed one-eyed one-eyed dogs, stray cats. ... We were afraid someone might come along and buy the property and build something new there." The Feuchts, who have lived across the street for 35 years, spent four years renovating the house and the cemetery, guided by the late Haddonfield architect Louis Goettelmann. "When we were cleaning out the house, the only thing I found under the porch was this old boot," Mr. Fuecht said, chuckling as he held up a crumpled, brown, . boy's leather boot, with nails sticking out of its sole. Though the house has some of its original features, including two spiral staircases, many things, such as the Victorian posts supporting supporting the front porch, have changed. Kay Taylor, the historian for Gloucester Township, believes the original house was stone. "When the stone deteriorated, a relic of people often covered it with stucco," said Taylor, who placed a photograph of the Chew-Powell Chew-Powell Chew-Powell House in the Barclay Farm Homestead, Homestead, Cherry Hill, exhibit of historic historic county sites, which runs through Oct. 24. The hardest part of the project was clearing the cemetery, Mr. Fuecht said. "It took 2Vi years to get it straightened out," said Fuecht, who had to dig by hand around the tips of many of the 85 headstones to avoid damaging them. With his hands, and with the aid of machines for some of the granite stones weighing as much as a ton he raised them high enough to expose the inscriptions. The inscription of Thomas Roe's tombstone, who died Jan. 31, 1750, at age 45, shows a sense of humor which can still be appreciated today. His inscription reads: "As you are now, so once was I, in health & strength tho' here I lye. "As you see me now, you'll soon be. So prepare yourself to follow me." The Colonists who settled in Upton named it for a town in England. They didn't anticipate settling there permanently, but thought they'd need it as a secure outpost against the Indians. When they found the Indians peaceable, they left even sooner than anticipated. They moved south to be closer to the commercial commercial center in Gloucester County. Afterward, the area became known as The Lost Town of Upton, with the Chew-Powell Chew-Powell Chew-Powell House and its adjacent cemetery all that remained. Lost Town, was Chew-PowellMj Chew-PowellMj Chew-PowellMj f House IA. Y XKeettTj ' vLa GLOUCESTER 1 oTV. township I , (Camden Jf Count I s (jS) N Enlarged I Q Wlnlowx Counei-P Counei-P Counei-P M imp by fk Kng Our town The 12-room 12-room 12-room house was originally originally built as a combination farmhouse farmhouse and tavern for travelers on the Big Timber Creek, which winds around the property. After 1700, when the town disappeared, the tavern closed, and the three-story three-story three-story structure was used as a farmhouse. farmhouse. In 1700, James Whittai sold it to Richard Chew, who lived there at least until 1722. Chew passed it on to his son, Thomas. In 1763, Thomas' stepson, Richard Powell, bought it. 4 Iff p 1 1 - f -w -w u r -vj- -vj- -vj- -yah -yah if n WW ' 1? r i -if -if m ' WrZ'te -LI -LI j - tsk.J,v.A " 1 ,"1 I , it."' 1 11 iiiiriiiii rnm iiti - " " ' '" in mffl TtiimiWuiifMH I Powell and his wife, Charity Chew, raised 20 sons and a daughter daughter on the farm. Legend has it that 17 of the sons' names are carved on the Revolutionary War Honor Roll of the Memorial Bell Tower at Valley Valley Forge, Pa. Powell died in 1801 and his son, Richard Jr., inherited the property. property. Richard Jr. married Ann Cheesman, and the couple lived there with their seven children. In 1830, when Ann died, their son, Abraham, rented it to local families. His descendants also used it as a tenant house throughout the 19th century. It continued to be inhabited by transients, transients, deteriorating until the Feuchts rescued it. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the cemetery, but the house is rented and not open to the public, Mrs. Feucht said. a find for couple f Tjfit fit ' - - . 1 1 f5tr ..rrt I .Win" , lk"- lk"- . Courier-Post Courier-Post Courier-Post photos by Curt Hudson Historic house: Historian Kay Taylor (above left) and Edith Sil-verstein Sil-verstein Sil-verstein visit the Chew-Powell Chew-Powell Chew-Powell House in the Blenheim Blenheim section of Gloucester Township. The house is the last remnant of the town of Upton, which was abandoned in the 18th century. A one-acre one-acre one-acre cemetery cemetery on the property contains contains the grave of Richard Powell, who bought the house in 1763. The current owner, Joseph Feucht, spent 212 years restoring the graveyard. I!