Mr. Don Catts is our local historian. On this page you will find some of Don’s accomplishments as well as some of his recent projects.
But who is Don Catts? Don is originally from Gloucester City, NJ. After hunting and exploring the Pine Barrens for many years, he moved to Shamong in 1971. A retired construction engineer, he has been a charter member and supporter of the Indian Mills Historical Society since its inception in1973, he has been studying and exploring Shamong Township, playing an active role in recording the history of the community. He was the chairmen of the first Atsion Day, Chairman of Still Cemetery Project and has served as historical society treasurer, vice president, and editor of the “Indian Mills Historical Society Newsletter“.
Don received four awards from the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders History Recognition Program for Historic Website in2008, Historical Landmarks of Shamong Townshipmap in 2009, Historic Village of Atsion Map in 2016, discovery and mapping of the Lost Settlement of East Fruitland in 2017. His latest accomplishment is the building of a scale model of the historic “Half Moon and Seven Stars Tavern“. Through many years of archaeological work at the tavern site and researching its history, he has constructed a visual portrayal of this isolated pinelands tavern of the early 1800s.
When the the Indian Mills Historical Society was founded in 1973, one of the first projects on the agenda was to identify the historic sites in Shamong township and place a marker at each location.
Don has been working on a model of the Half Moon and Seven Stars Tavern, later known as The Flyatt Tavern. Click on the download link below to bring up a PDF of this project.