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 brand new 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, costumed first-person characters bring 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 blueberry, 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.
The Whitesbog Preservation Trust has interpreted five buildings as museums depicting the life and times of Whitesbog Village. These museums are open during scheduled village tours, special programs, and by appointment. See Elizabeth C. White‘s home, Suningive.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Several venues in and around the village are available for special events. If you would like to schedule a family reunion, birthday party, or other such gathering at Whitesbog, please call the Visitors’ Center at 609 893 4646 for more information and to schedule an appointment to view the available venues.