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Purchase Painting of Historic Buttonwood Tree

Tax deductible
Contributions are invited to fund the purchase of John Giannotti's relief painting, "The Last Buttonwood," so it may remain on permanent public display in the Haddonfield Public Library.


Witnesses to history: After the Haddonfield Chapter DAR attached two signs to the tree on the left in 1899, passersby took particular notice, and the scene became a popular subject for amateur photographers and postcard manufacturers. The years took their toll on the
tree on the left; it was taken down in the 1970s. A new sign was attached to the other tree in 1982. When that tree was removed,
on January 15, 2018, Mayor Rochford directed that parts of the trunk and limbs be saved, so they might be converted to something
other than mulch, wood chips, and firewood. The Buttonwood Project was born!

New uses for old wood: The Buttonwood Project seeks to honor an old and historic tree and the Quakers who planted it in Haddonfield by converting its remains to objects of art and utility, by displaying those objects and offering them for purchase by the general public, and by using the proceeds for some appropriate shade tree-related purpose in Haddonfield. A secondary goal is to heighten awareness of the
“urban wood” movement. Noted artist and local resident John Giannotti – creator of the Hadrosaurus foulkii sculpture downtown – harvested bark from the remains of the tree, and used it for the bark of the tree in his relief painting.

A permanent home? "The Last Buttonwood" is on display in the Haddonfield Public Library. Director Eric Zino says he would be “thrilled” for it to remain there, permanently. Will you help fund the Library’s acquisition of this extraordinary work of art?

Donations towards the purchase are being received by The Haddonfield Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation
is tax-deductible). For more information about The Buttonwood Project, or if you have questions about this fundraising campaign, please
email David Hunter at [email redacted].

Thank you for your support!

Click HERE  for descriptive leaflet.



    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Pamela Fisk
    • $25 
    • 1 yr
  • Chelsea Coccia
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Eric Owren
    • $25 
    • 1 yr
  • Suzanne Post
    • $15 
    • 1 yr


David Hunter
Haddonfield, NJ
Haddonfield Foundation

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