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2019 House & Garden Tour Rescheduled for May 2020

The House & Garden Tour has been rescheduled  for May 2020.  Call Now to offer your home or garden for 2020 May Tour.

The House & Garden Tour showcases the charm of our homes and tranquil gardens. Brunch offers culinary delights on vintage porches in May on the Sunday after Mother’s Day.  The event is a tribute to our historic architecture & neighborhood restoration during National Historic Preservation Month.

Consider showing your house or garden.  We are currently searching out homes and gardens for the 2020 House & Garden Tour so please reach out to us if you are interested! Homes on the tour reflect a variety of housing styles, architecture, and neighborhood locations.  Some homes feature historic architectural characteristics, while others have a decorator’s flair or a cozy, colorful ambiance.  If you have a front porch, consider hosting brunch.  We provide all the food, supplies, and staff.  Proud Neighbors volunteers will staff your home or garden and many of our members have shown their homes on the tour.  Even if you are just a little curious, we can put you in touch with others that have participated so that they can describe the experience.

Share your little bit of history or your decorating skills with your neighbors & volunteer your house in 2020!


2019 Collingswood Porch Brunch CANCELLED

Proud Neighbors’ Town-Wide Yard Sale June 1, 2019 8am-2pm Rain Date June 8th

Who doesn’t love a bargain? The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is hosting its annual town-wide yard sale Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is June 8, 2019.  The event is a good opportunity to clean out the closets, attics, garages and basements.  Contact

Homes must register to participate.

Print out and send in this Yard Sale Application 2019 with your payment!

A complete list of yard sale locations will be posted in late May 2019.

Yard Sale Poster 2019


April 13, 2019 come see us at the Green Festival on Irvin Ave. from 9am to 2pm

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General Meeting – January 24th 2018 at the Library

►General Meeting – January 24th 2018 at the Collingswood Library 771 Haddon Ave, 7pm – 8:15pm. 

Find out more about Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, the 501 (c) (3) public charity that is celebrating its 35th anniversary of volunteer service by striving to share ideas restoration,  preservation and working to maintain the historic character of Collingswood.  Proud Neighbors volunteers organize the annual house tour, porch brunch, yard sale fundraisers, host restoration clinics and founded Collingswood famous Farmers’ Market.  We have fun & get things done!

Bring your ideas!

2018 Architectural Historic Walking Tours Sunday, October 21st

   Have you ever wondered about the history behind the architecture that gives our town such great character? Join Proud Neighbors docent-led Architectural History Walking Tour of two residential areas in our town. Learn more about how our great town has changed, yet saved, distinctive architectural elements. Explore Collingswood’s Architectural History with Proud Neighbors on Sunday, October 21 (rain date Saturday Oct 27).
Walking tour participation is $5/person for both tours.  Please call 609-707-3684 to purchase a wristband or purchase them the day of at the start of walking tour.  
2018 Walking Tour

There are two start time for each tour, and two meeting locations.

Noon & 2pm start times meet at 500 Collings Ave. for the Collings Avenue Tour
500 Collings Ave
1pm & 3pm start times meet at 308 Collings Ave for the Bungalow Tour
 308 Collings Ave

Each tour segment is 45 minutes long and begins on the hour. Capacity is limited to 15 for each route so reserve early by calling 609-707-3684 to purchase a wristband or purchase them the day of at the start of walking tour.  Maximum capacity for each start time is 15! All homes are privately owned and not open to the public.

Please wear wristband during event for access to docent-let Architectural Historic Walking tours. All sales are final. There are no refunds in the case of rain on the original date. In the event of inclement weather on Sunday October 21, the rain date is Saturday Oct 27. Space is limited to 15 per session.

These tour routes spotlight Architectural Historical elements in residential areas along Collings Avenues and in Merrick Villa. Some of the sites are in the Collingswood Historic District and on State and National Registers of Historic Places. Enjoy both tour routes. One ticket/wristband price gives you access to all docent-led routes.  Just show your Proud Neighbors wristband.  Spend the afternoon discovering something new about our town and meeting your neighbors!

  At noon or 2pm, hear Proud Neighbors docent discuss the exterior of  home along Collings Avenue. Starting with the Edward Zane Collings house at 500 Collings where Edward engaged the services of local carpenter John Ireland to construct a late Federal Style home in 1824.  Then the area evolved with the construction of Judge John B Kates residence, an American Four-square design, as well as, Colonial Revival and stuccoed houses with pan-tile gabled roof and leaded elliptical transom on homes built along Collings Avenue in 1900 thru 1920.

Discover Collingswood’s hidden bungalow colony at 1pm & 3pm.  Merrick Villa is a small bungalow colony developed in the 1910s by Howard l. Merrick. It encompasses a one-block section between Bettlewood & Colford Avenues with small lanes such as Maple & Allen. Bungalows primarily of frame & stone construction, express the rustic character within a picturesque resort setting that gives special identity within the Collingswood historic district.

End the day at Devil’s Creek Brewery (1 Powell Lane) to share your tour experience. Participants are responsible for any beverage or merchandise purchases.  All tour registrants are welcome to visit Devil’s Creek Brewery .

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is a public charity with IRS 501c3 status, so donations are tax deductible.  Our mission is to promote awareness about historic preservation in the Collingswood community and work to maintain the historic character of Collingswood.  We invite Collingswood residents to learn more about our group at our Pot Luck Supper on Friday November 2nd  at a neighbor’s home, 125 Harvard Avenue.  E-mail  or phone 609.707.3684.

2018 Fourth of July Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest Winners

With 10 houses and one business vying for the Best of 4th of July, Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Patriotic Creativity, Best Newcomers, and Best Business, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood annual Fourth of July House decorating Contest was a variety of themes and designs.
This year included some returning but many first timers, showed amazing creativity, sense of patriotism, history and a whole lot of red, white and blue. In addition to the plethora of American flags and bunting, including historical bunting, historic military uniforms, patriotic music, and painted designs on grass, all displaying the participant’s feelings about the Fourth of July.
The winners of the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest were announced at the Collingswood fireworks on the evening of July 4th. They are: Best Patriotic Creativity: The Drummond Family, Lees Ave. Most Patriotic: First Place: The Proudfoot Family, Lees Ave.  Second Place Patriotic: The Marino Family, King Ave. Third Place Patriotic: The Zabransky Family, Woodlawn Ave.  Most Historic: The Ritz Family, Stokes Ave. Best Newcomers: The Phillips Family, Taylor Ave. And Best Business: The Retrospect, Haddon Ave.
Winners were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to architecture, best historic home or overall best look. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood thanks everyone who entered their homes and to the judges for their time.
The judges were Lois and Harvey Stick, Sonya Peterson, Bernie and Mary Kairis, Ron and Kathy Warwick and Dave Savage. Thanks also to contest registrar Gretchen Seibert.
This annual show of patriotism is encouraged by Proud Neighbors of Collingswood a 503(c) civic organization that aims to share ideas about restoration, strives to develop awareness of historic preservation and works with residents, businesses and government to maintain the historic character of the town.   


July 4th Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest

Wednesday, July 4th Proud Neighbors’ House Decorating Contest. 

Register your address in advance to participate

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest
Spread the word. Tell your neighbors! Register NOW for a chance to win Collingswood Cash! Register in advance at  Note: Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and email in advance.
Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic homes and overall best look. Show off your banners, flags, stars or stripes to paint the town red, blue and white! The official judging will take place on the morning of 4th of July and the winner will be announced in style at the Collingswood fireworks display that evening. Winners will be awarded Collingswood Cash and prizes are delivered to property owners one week following contest.
There has been a festive display of patriotic colors over the years and we expect the same enthusiasm from participants this year too. This event requires advance registration – email with your name, address, phone and e-mail address to participate. For questions, contact 856-466-8725.