News 2017-10-06T20:17:22+00:00


Video Competition Award

River Manor Legacy Communications Competition

In an effort to give back to our Riverton community, we are pleased to announce the River Manor Legacy (501.c.3) Communications Competition for 2018.

The competition is open to any Riverton, NJ resident high school senior in good academic standing.

Entrants should submit a 3 to 5 minute video on the following topic:

“How have Riverton’s history and the legacy of Riverton’s forefathers and the current residents of 503 Bank Avenue impacted my views on diversity, kindness and our community?”

The deadline for video entry submission is April 30, 2018. A $300.00 check will be awarded to the video judged to best answer the question above. The award will be presented in May 2018 and is intended for educational use by the recipient.

All video entries should be forwarded to: by the 4/30/2018 deadline. Entries should include the name, address, contact phone number and name of high school of the entrant. By accepting the award, the winner agrees to have their video posted on the 1851 Riverbank Manor website.

Historical Society of Riverton, September 2017 Gaslight News

Ogden descendants visit Bank Avenue home of Riverton founder Caleb Clothier

In Ogdens Visit Clothier Home, Mary Louise and Ken Smith inform us of their Bank Avenue home’s rich history, host Ogden descendants, and erect a historical marker on the property. …Read More

Courier-Post, August 10, 2017: Was Riverton founder’s home an Underground Railroad stop?

Riverton founder’s home contains history, a little mystery [Video]

Carol Comegno, @CarolComegno –

RIVERTON – Square and slender white columns stretch across the open front porch and up to the second story of a majestic mansion facing the Delaware River.

Inside the home, visitors journey back in time. Civil War music plays faintly in the background, antiques and Victorian furnishings of wood and plush upholstery adorn the foyer and formal rooms, and maps and art of yesteryear hang everywhere. … Read More

  • Mary Louise Riverbank Manor Riverton

6abc Action News, Thursday August 3, 2017

NJ home of Strawbridge & Clothier co-founder spotlights Underground Railroad [Video]

Nora Muchanic –

Owners Mary Louise Bianco-Smith and Ken Smith are history buffs, thrilled the home has been designated a local historic site for its role as a stop in the Underground Railroad which helped slaves escape to freedom. … See More

Burlington County Times, May 20, 2014

The house of her dreams in Riverton

Sally Friedman, Correspondent –

RIVERTON – There are times when Mary Louise Bianco Smith and her husband, Ken, find people at their door asking to have a look around inside.

Angelica, the adorable white bichon frise who sniffs out all visitors, stands sentry. Good-natured as they are, the Smiths understand the curiosity about this grand old dowager of a home that looks out on the Delaware River, and seems straight out of a movie set with its columns, handsome trim and magnificent grounds. …Read More