The Whitesbog Preservation Trust invites visitors to travel back in time to learn about the history of cranberry farming, life in a rural South Jersey company town and the individuals and culture that supported the farming operations and Elizabeth White’s efforts to cultivate the first highbush blueberry. Explore the Village on your own or attend a scheduled program, or sign up for a guided tour. Check our Calendar of Events for dates and times. Registering is easy and can be done right on-line.
Whitesbog Village is part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest located in Burlington County, New Jersey. The Village is open every day from dawn to dusk and offers designated hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, and driving routes. Starting from the Whitesbog General Store, visitors are invited to explore the Village with maps and brochures, available at the Visitors Center (weekdays), in the General Store (weekends), or in the Village Kiosk (after hours). You may also walk or ride around the cranberry bogs and through the woods to experience the wonders of nature in this unique area.
Please note: Your use of the Whitesbog trails and other areas is strictly at your own risk. The Trust accepts no responsibility for any damage to your vehicle or injury to drivers, passengers, or walkers. The trust makes no representations—express or implied—about the suitability and safety of the Whitesbog trails and areas for recreational use and driving. Anyone using the Whitesbog trails and areas releases the Trust from any damage, injury, or harm that may occur during such usage.
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The Whitesbog Gallery is a members gallery space to connect local South Jersey artists with Whitesbog Village's history, buildings and landscape. Housed in a 1900-era worker's cottage, the renovated three room, cedar-clad building is a light filled-space. Situated in the historic village, it is one of over 20 buildings that have been renovated by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust including a General Store, Barrel Factory and the home of Elizabeth White, Suningive. Surrounded by cranberry bogs and situated in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the setting is beautiful and inspiring .
At the Living History events, the village will come alive with workers and residents form the 1920's. Whitesbog’s past to life, giving visitors a glimpse of history.
Popular are Elizabeth White, whose work with botanist Frederick Coville of the USDA led to the cultivation of the modern bluberry, discuss their important agricultural work here at Whitesbog where it all happened.
In addition to White and Coville, various programs throughout the year highlight the lives of the growers, breeders, botanists, entomologists, and cranberry and blueberry pickers who contributed to the village’s unique heritage.
Whitesbog hosts 2 living history events a year July featuring the Bluberry Farming and October featuring the Cranberry Farming.
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Located in the Pinelands National Reserve, Whitesbog Historic Trust provides the perfect place for a family reunion, birthday party, wedding, or other such gatherings.
Please call the Visitors’ Center at 609 893 4646 for more information and to schedule an appointment to view the available venues.
- Suningive (Home of Elizabeth White)
- Suningive Historic Garden
- Barrel Factory (Pictures Above)
- Cranberry & Blueberry Museum
- Outdoors in the Village
- Cottage 10
Details for most of the following–including dates and prices of tours–can be found at the Calendar of Events.
Living History Tours: Meet some of the people of Whitesbog. Historical interpreters will bring to life J.J. White, Elizabeth Coleman White, Dr. Frederick Coville, and Charles Beckwith to give you the history of Whitesbog and their roles in the Cranberry and Blueberry Industries. Suningive (Elizabeth White’s historic home) and the Cranberry Research Substation will be open. Reservations requested.
Seasonal Programs: Each season offers different opportunities to visit Whitesbog Village.
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust welcomes Eagle Scouts and Scout Troops to participate in projects throughout the village. The Old Bog Trail‘s boardwalk, our pond’s teaching platform, and the Driving Trail sign posts were all installed and maintained by scouts. We have several projects pending an Eagle Scout’s leadership and lots of activities waiting for the energy and enthusiasm of local Scout troops.
We encourage Eagle Scouts and local Scout leaders to call our Executive Director at 609-893-4646 for a project tour or visit us on volunteer workdays to help maintain the trails and meet our project leaders; check our Calendar of Events for dates and times.
Students in search of community service hours can visit our Volunteer Job Descriptions page for assignments of interest and call for position availability and an interview with the Executive Director or Committee Chairperson.
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 open only for scheduled events, pre-arranged tours, and by special request. Consult our calendar of events for dates and times, or call the office at (609) 893-4646 to schedule a special visit.
Whitesbog offers tours and customized educational programming for all ages ALL YEAR!
The village's tours are focused on the village and the cranberry industry with an option to dry harvest cranberries in our experimental garden Cranberry Bog in the Fall.
We can also lead a field trip to look at the Company Town and Cranberry Bogs in the Spring or Blueberries in the Summer.
As a company town, trips take a focus on the village's activity from the late 1800's to the 1920's.
Being located in the Pine Barrens,Whitesbog is an excellent location to observe and learn about the local fauna.
To Schedule please contact the Whitesbog PINES program (CLICK HERE)
Whitesbog Village’s grounds are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, as part of the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.
To enjoy and learn about Whitesbog on your own, stop in the Office in Worker’s Cottage #12 next to the General Store and pick up a map of the Village, trail guides and brochures. Plant guides, bird books and binoculars are also available on loan. The Office is open weekdays 10AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM.
Most of the Village buildings are only opened for scheduled programs, tours and 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 your visit.
- Regularly scheduled tours of Whitesbog, the Village museums, and Elizabeth White’s gardens occur monthly as posted on our Calendar of Events page. (The guided tours of the Village and museums occur at 1pm on the first Saturday of each month; check the calendar for details and pricing.) We also offer Moonlight Walks (see below) each month. Specialty tours for groups may be arranged by reservation. As a volunteer organization, tour guides or docents may be at Whitesbog and available for discussion or impromptu tours on Saturdays or Sundays. Please call ahead to ensure availability.
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