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Sharing the name of a nearby hill, Mount Holly was first settled by Quakers in 1676 and served as the capital of the state for 2 months in 1779. John Woolman, a Quaker abolitionist known for his 1774 journal, taught at the Old School House at 35 Brainerd St. Other historic buildings include the 18th- and 19th-century county buildings on High Street between Garden and Union streets.
Smithville Mansion, 2 miles east at 803 Smithville Rd. in nearby Eastampton's Smithville County Park, was the Greek Revival home of Hezekiah B. Smith, former owner of a local foundry and operator of the factory that produced the first “American Star” bicycles; one example of which can be seen within the home. Guided tours are available May through October; phone (609) 261-3295. Also within the restored mansion are period furnishings, including President James K. Polk's bed, and an art gallery. Christmas and candlelight tours are offered in December.
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