Sunday, November 1, 2009
Visiting Historic Whitesbog
During our recent journey through the New Jersey pinelands we visited beautiful Whitesbog in Pemberton.
Whitesbog Village is an historic company town, founded in the 1870s by Joseph J. White. This was once one of the largest cranberry and blueberry farms in the state and these crops are still grown here.
The commercial high-bush blueberry was developed here by Elizabeth White.
The site is now part of a 34,725 acre state forest.
And Whitesbog Village is now under the control of the nonprofit Whitesbog Preservation Trust which is actively restoring the buildings on the property.
The Trust leases Whitesbog from the State of New Jersey in an innovative partnership agreement. The mission of the Trust is to restore, protect and enhance the land, sites, and buildings at Whitesbog and to provide educational and interpretive programs and materials about the history, culture, and natural environment of Whitesbog. The Trust is supported by foundation funding, corporate and local business sponsorship, and individual donations.
The Trust is based at Suningive, the home of Elizabeth C. White. Suningive has been restored and is close to being opened as a walk through museum.
Events are held at Whitesbog throughout the year including tours, festivals, nature walks, star gazing, lectures and volunteer days.
We had a great time touring Whitesbog and witnessing the development of a fascinating historic attraction in the scenic Jersey pines.
We thank the South Jersey Tourism Corporation for giving us this opportunity to visit Whitesbog.