The Whitesbog Preservation Trust leases Whitesbog Village from the State of New Jersey in an innovative partnership agreement that supports the Trust’s mission to restore, protect and enhance the land, historic sites and buildings and to provide educational materials and interpretive programs about the history, culture and natural environment of Whitesbog. Whitesbog Preservation Trust was founded in 1983 in a grassroots effort to save the historic village, blueberry fields and gardens.
In collaboration with Brendan Byrne State forest, the Whitesbog Preservation Trust and the Pinelands Institute for Natural and Environmental Studies work hand in hand with our village partners and other concerned organizations to preserve, protect and interpret Historic Whitesbog Village.
Whitesbog Village is a historic company town and farm with 25 historic buildings, blueberry farm fields, cranberry bogs, hiking trails, reservoirs, streams, a picnic grove and the Elizabeth White Gardens. In the early 1900’s, Whitesbog was the largest cranberry farm in New Jersey and 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. Elizabeth developed a nursery here, built her home, Suningive and her gardens of native Pine Barrens plants.
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.
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization supported by membership dues and volunteer energy. Your donations are vital to the ongoing restoration and protection of Whitesbog Village and the cultural and history programs offered by the Trust.
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Memberships are essential to the Whitesbog Preservation Trust’s ability to fulfill its mission to restore, protect and enhance the land, historic sites and buildings at Whitesbog and to provide educational materials and interpretive programs about the history, culture and natural environment of Whitesbog.
Please help by supporting the mission of the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Your donation is more than a contribution to Whitesbog. It’s a way to demonstrate community support for Whitesbog and to insure the preservation of this important historic landmark – a sanctuary whose visitors come to be part of the scenery, the sounds, and the peacefulness of the Pine Barrens. Your support is a critical part of this process.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations from individuals and groups for its operating support. Along with proceeds from the Blueberry Festival, General Store sales, membership dues, and other fundraising efforts, unrestricted gifts to the Whitesbog Preservation Trust provide support for its programs and services, allowing the Trust to work toward accomplishing its mission.