- Open every first and third Sunday of the month from 11:30am to 4:00pm
- Nature trail on property open daily from dawn to dusk
- In person and virtual presentations about Dr. James Still and the Still family offered for schools, organizations, and small groups
- Tours of the Center and nature trail offered upon request
- To schedule a presentation, download and complete form on the website and submit to [email protected]
- Nature trail
- Education Center
Dr. James Still Historic Office and Education Center
210 Medford-Mt. Holly Road, Medford, NJ 08055
The Dr. James Still Historic Office Site and Education Center preserves the legacy of Dr. James Still, known as the Black Doctor of the Pines, through educational programming. Dr. James Still was born in 1812 in Indian Mills, New Jersey, to former enslaved Africans from the state of Maryland. Despite being a self-educated man born into poverty, Dr. Still became one of the wealthiest men of his time in Burlington County.
In 1843, he purchased a still and began distilling roots and herbs. On a trip to Philadelphia around the same time, Dr. Still purchased two books on medical botany and began practicing medicine by accident, agreeing to treat a sick man in exchange for sassafras. Eventually, Dr. Still began distilling less and healing more, and by 1845, he had decided to focus solely on his medical practice. In 1855, as his practice flourished, Dr. Still built his office and first home, followed by a new house constructed with modern amenities in 1869.
Dr. Still died in 1882 and his home was demolished in 1932, but his office building remains on the property. In 2006, the State of New Jersey purchased the historic site. Learn about the ongoing Dr. James Still Community Archaeology Project to restore the home and uphold the legacy of Dr. Still at www.drjamesstillcenter.org.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Tour the Education Center to learn about the life and legacy of Dr. James Still
- Walk the nearby nature trail
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