Welcome to Historic Whitesbog Village
Whitesbog Village is an early 20th century company town and agricultural community. In the early 1900’s, Whitesbog was the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey. Its founder, Joseph J. White, was a nationally recognized leader in the cranberry industry. In 1916, Elizabeth C. White collaborated with Dr. Frederick A. Coville of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and successfully developed the first cultivated blueberry here at Whitesbog.
Whitesbog is an important part of New Jersey history and the history of the blueberry and cranberry culture in the United States. It is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Sites. Whitesbog includes the village and the surrounding 3,000 acres of cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, reservoirs, sugar sand roads and Pine Barren’s forests.
Whitesbog Village’s grounds are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, as part of the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. The Village buildings are only opened for scheduled events, pre-arranged tours and by special request. Consult our calendar of events for dates and times, or call the office (609) 893-4646 to schedule a special visit.
Cranberry Harvest Kick-off
September 27, 2014 – 10AM -4PM
Interactive educational event sponsored by the American Cranberry Growers Association. Experience the cranberry harvest. Learn all about the history and cultivation of cranberries in New Jersey. For more information visit www.njcranberryharvest.com.
October 4, 2014
A Fiddling in the Forest Concert from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., featuring ‘Denise Sullivan and friends’ – Denise is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player. She enjoys playing acoustic versions of many classic songs from the 60s to the present – from the Beatles to Neil Young, CCR to Stevie Nicks, and many, many more in between. She covers many artists, and sometimes invites friends to accompany her from time to time. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, or enjoy your picnic dinner on one of our picnic tables for a superb early summer evening under the stars. Your $5./donation per person directly supports the musicians – children under 10 are free.
October 5, 2014 - 1PM – 4PM
Elizabeth White’s Birthday celebration and museum open house. Join us to recognize Elizabeth’s pioneering contributions to agriculture and have a piece of cake at her historic home. Tour the Village museums with historical interpreters.
Call 609-893-4646 to make a reservation.
Cranberry Harvest Bus Tours at Whitesbog
Scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays in October by Reservation only
Visit www.pbnf.co or call (609) 500-1074, or toll free (888) 272-6264 to purchase your tickets.
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust received a General Operating Support Grant for 2014 and 2015 from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
Funding for the Fiddling in the Forest Concert Series, a Local Arts Project, was made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts from a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Department of Resource Conservation, Division of Parks, with special thanks to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest for supplying the stage.
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust received a 2014 Special Project Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, for the redesign, reinterpretation and revitalization of the Whitesbog Agricultural Museum, located in the Village’s historic Barrel Storage Warehouse.
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust is pleased to partner with Burlington County historical sites, including the Alice Paul Institute, Peachfield, West Hill Manor, Smithville Mansion, Roebling Museum and Bordentown Historical Society to highlight women’s history during New Jersey’s 350th anniversary. Throughout 2014, we will collaborate to promote our sites at key historic and cultural events across New Jersey.
Purchase your ‘Discover NJ History’ Licence Plate and support grants for heritage tourism.
When you are ready to renew your vehicle’s registration or register a new car, remember to support Heritage Tourism in New Jersey! It’s easy to order your ‘Discover NJ History’ licence plate online from Motor Vehicle Services. The cost is a one-time fee of $50 (annual $10 renewal fee). Your purchase will help sustain the Licence Plate Fund for Heritage Tourism, which supports projects that develop and promote visitor ready sites as heritage tourism destinations. The greater number of sales and renewals, the more funding there is available for worthy heritage toursim projects.