Cumberland County Historical Society

Cumberland County Historical Society In 1905, at the same time plans were being made to erect a monument to commemorate the Tea Burning in Greenwich, the Cumberland County Historical Society was organized as a non-profit corporation.

The first recorded meeting of the incorporators of the Cumberland County Historical Society was held in the old Cumberland County Court House on Broad Street in Bridgeton at 2 PM on December 2, 1908. These Charter Members organized the Society in order to apply to the Board of Freeholders and the State Legislature for funds to erect a monument in Greenwich to the memory of the brave Patriots who b

The first recorded meeting of the incorporators of the Cumberland County Historical Society was held in the old Cumberland County Court House on Broad Street in Bridgeton at 2 PM on December 2, 1908. These Charter Members organized the Society in order to apply to the Board of Freeholders and the State Legislature for funds to erect a monument in Greenwich to the memory of the brave Patriots who b

Operating as usual

The Artisans' Faire is right around the corner! See you there!
09/15/2021

The Artisans' Faire is right around the corner! See you there!

The Artisans' Faire is right around the corner! See you there!

We are excited to announce that we are hiring for a part-time curator at the John DuBois Maritime Museum! See the docume...
09/14/2021
CCHS Maritime Museum Curator.pdf

We are excited to announce that we are hiring for a part-time curator at the John DuBois Maritime Museum! See the document below for further details.

The count down has begun! Only 10 more days to order this year's limited edition Halloween shirt! Orders can be made on ...
09/10/2021

The count down has begun! Only 10 more days to order this year's limited edition Halloween shirt! Orders can be made on our website. https://cchistsoc.org/

The count down has begun! Only 10 more days to order this year's limited edition Halloween shirt! Orders can be made on our website. https://cchistsoc.org/

09/04/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Gibbon House is closed today (09/04) and will reopen tomorrow September 5th. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

The count day has officially begun! The Annual Artisans' Faire & Marketplace is only weeks away! Did we mention the Brit...
09/01/2021

The count day has officially begun! The Annual Artisans' Faire & Marketplace is only weeks away! Did we mention the British Invasion Car Show will be joining us again?! We are really excited! See you there!

The count day has officially begun! The Annual Artisans' Faire & Marketplace is only weeks away! Did we mention the British Invasion Car Show will be joining us again?! We are really excited! See you there!

We are working on making our blog more active! What are some topics you would like to see discussed in upcoming blogs?
08/29/2021
Blog

We are working on making our blog more active! What are some topics you would like to see discussed in upcoming blogs?

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Today we are spotlighting a trade card for the patent medicines: Boschee's German Syrup, Green's August Flower, and Gree...
08/24/2021

Today we are spotlighting a trade card for the patent medicines: Boschee's German Syrup, Green's August Flower, and Green's Ague Conqueror that were available at Reeve & Fithian drug and book store on the south side of Commerce Street in Bridgeton, NJ. The store was originally owned by Whitaker & Robeson and was purchased by Reeve & Fithian in October of 1875.
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Trade cards were small collectible cards that were either obtained when purchasing certain brand products or given out at stores. The cards were advertisements - sharing information on the power of a product alongside a beautiful (unrelated) image which helped in building brand loyalty. People usually glued their trade cards into scrapbooks.
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Patent medicines were popular throughout the nineteenth century and were accessible to most of the public. Many patent medicines claimed to cure several viruses and diseases, yet most of their ingredients consisted of alcohol and morphine and did nothing to cure the illness.
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#patentmedicine #tradecard #ephemera #CCHS #CumberlandCountyHistoricalSociety

It is a little early for Valentine's Day but this card was too beautiful to not spotlight. The card dates from the secon...
08/22/2021

It is a little early for Valentine's Day but this card was too beautiful to not spotlight. The card dates from the second part of the twentieth century. The card was made by Hallmark, who began manufacturing and selling cards in c.1910.
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Valentine cards were first mass-produced in 1849 and were designed by Esther Howland in Worcester, MA. Historians have argued that the mass production of Valentine's day cards was a commodification of sentimentality. Rather than creating personalized cards, people could buy prewritten cards with a sentiment that they liked to then give to a loved one. A sentiment that could be purchased by many people.
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#History #CCHS #CumberlandCountyHistoricalSociety #HallmarkCard #Hallmark #20thcenturyhistory #Ephemera #twentiethcenturyhistory #Valentinesdaycard

08/22/2021

Due to inclement weather, the Alan Carman Museum of Prehistory will be closed today, Sunday, August 22. Drive safe out there!

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society - YouTube
08/19/2021
Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society - YouTube

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society - YouTube

Welcome to the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society! The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society is the oldest local historical society in New Jer...

This political paper hat from the election of 1896 was recently donated to the Society. On one side of the hat is an ima...
08/15/2021

This political paper hat from the election of 1896 was recently donated to the Society. On one side of the hat is an image of Garret A Hobart, the Republican candidate for Vice President from New Jersey. William McKinley, the Republican Candidate for President from Ohio, is printed on the other side. An image of William J. Byran the Democratic Candidate for President from Nebraska is printed on the inside of the hat. One could fold the hat with their preferred candidate on the outside. William McKinley won the election becoming the 25th president.
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#history #ephemera #CCHS #CumberlandCountyHistoricalSociety #NewJersey #NJ #CumberlandCountyNJ #CumberlandCounty #Presidents #election #1896

CCHS is currently hiring for a docent position at The Gibbon House Museum. Please check out the link below for further d...
08/14/2021
The Gibbon House Museum - Docent Position

CCHS is currently hiring for a docent position at The Gibbon House Museum. Please check out the link below for further details.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PO Box 16, Greenwich, New Jersey 08323 Office Telephone: 856-455-8580 Email: [email protected] Website: www.cchistsoc.org The Gibbon House Museum, part of the Cumberland County Historical Society is currently hiring for a part-time docent. This is an en...

08/14/2021

The Alan Ewing Carman Museum of Prehistory will be closed today, Saturday, August 14.

We are very excited to have a full calendar of upcoming events! Check out the event page below to see what we have plann...
08/04/2021
Events Archive - Cumberland County Historical Society

We are very excited to have a full calendar of upcoming events! Check out the event page below to see what we have planned for the upcoming months!

· 1730 Gibbon House – This well-preserved townhouse was erected by Nicholas Gibbon, who built his home in the village because it was convenient for his shipping business. The house is an excellent example of Flemish bond patterned brick work, with red and blue alternating headers and stretchers f...

We are very excited to share the new CCHS Halloween t-shirts! The shirts are on sale now and can be purchased at our web...
08/01/2021

We are very excited to share the new CCHS Halloween t-shirts! The shirts are on sale now and can be purchased at our website: cchistsoc.org

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Special thank you to Lauren Laganella for drawing/co-designing the back of the shirt for us!

We are very excited to share the new CCHS Halloween t-shirts! The shirts are on sale now and can be purchased at our website: cchistsoc.org

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Special thank you to Lauren Laganella for drawing/co-designing the back of the shirt for us!

07/31/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Alan Ewing Carman Museum of Prehistory will be closed today and will reopen tomorrow, Sunday, August 1st. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

07/23/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Gibbon House will be closed today and will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, July 24th. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

07/17/2021
The Artisans' Faire is only a little over 2 months away and we are really excited! We are also excited to share that we ...
07/13/2021

The Artisans' Faire is only a little over 2 months away and we are really excited! We are also excited to share that we have added pony rides to the event! See you in September!

The Artisans' Faire is only a little over 2 months away and we are really excited! We are also excited to share that we have added pony rides to the event! See you in September!

Do you know what the pictured object is? Neither do we!Mysterious stone artifacts like this have been dubbed "bannerston...
07/06/2021

Do you know what the pictured object is? Neither do we!

Mysterious stone artifacts like this have been dubbed "bannerstones," and they were made by Native American ancestors between 8,000 and 3,000 years ago. While their exact use is unknown, most archaeologists agree that they were likely used as counterweights on wooden spear throwers.

Visit the Alan E. Carman Museum of Prehistory to check out our new bannerstone exhibit case and learn more about these fascinating artifacts!
Open Wed, Sat, and Sun, 1-4pm

Do you know what the pictured object is? Neither do we!

Mysterious stone artifacts like this have been dubbed "bannerstones," and they were made by Native American ancestors between 8,000 and 3,000 years ago. While their exact use is unknown, most archaeologists agree that they were likely used as counterweights on wooden spear throwers.

Visit the Alan E. Carman Museum of Prehistory to check out our new bannerstone exhibit case and learn more about these fascinating artifacts!
Open Wed, Sat, and Sun, 1-4pm

06/03/2021

HIGBEES BAIT n TACKLE
Here’s a cool shot from the mid 60s at the small wooden bridge at the south end of Fortescue. This area was known as Raybins beach. These wooden rental boats were on the east side of the bridge owned by Lenny Sanders. His house is gone now but sat on the north side of the bridge. You needed your own motor or was given a nice pair of boat oars and out you went. Now at low tide you may have 2-6” of water under that bridge. Old cedar stakes still visible in spots from back then.

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day and originated out of the Civil War to honor those who had fallen in batt...
05/30/2021

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day and originated out of the Civil War to honor those who had fallen in battle. Gen. John A Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic determined on May 5, 1868, that May 30th would be Decoration Day. The South refused to acknowledge May 30th as Decoration Day until after World War I, when the day expanded to honor individuals who had fallen in any war. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
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Sources: "Memorial Day," History, https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history"The History of Memorial Day" PBS, https://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/memorial-day/history/"History of Memorial Day" Memorial Day, https://www.usmemorialday.org/history-of-memorial-day

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day and originated out of the Civil War to honor those who had fallen in battle. Gen. John A Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic determined on May 5, 1868, that May 30th would be Decoration Day. The South refused to acknowledge May 30th as Decoration Day until after World War I, when the day expanded to honor individuals who had fallen in any war. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
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Sources: "Memorial Day," History, https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history"The History of Memorial Day" PBS, https://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/memorial-day/history/"History of Memorial Day" Memorial Day, https://www.usmemorialday.org/history-of-memorial-day

05/29/2021

The Cumberland County Historical Society is continuing it's mask requirement. We will be reevaluating the policy within the next couple weeks. We wish everyone a happy and safe weekend!

In addition to our new logo, we are also excited to share our new little library out in front of the Lummis Library with...
05/22/2021

In addition to our new logo, we are also excited to share our new little library out in front of the Lummis Library with children's books!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated books and has made this little library possible!
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In addition to our new logo, we are also excited to share our new little library out in front of the Lummis Library with children's books!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated books and has made this little library possible!
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Photos from Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society's post
05/21/2021

Photos from Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society's post

The Ferracute Home FrontApril 28, 1943 By and for the Men and Women of Ferracute Machine Company, Bridgeton NJ
05/20/2021

The Ferracute Home Front
April 28, 1943
By and for the Men and Women of Ferracute Machine Company, Bridgeton NJ

The Ferracute Home Front
April 28, 1943
By and for the Men and Women of Ferracute Machine Company, Bridgeton NJ

05/16/2021

The Gibbon House is closed today and will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

This item is a part of our Civil War room at the Gibbon House... what part of history would you like to learn more about...
05/12/2021

This item is a part of our Civil War room at the Gibbon House... what part of history would you like to learn more about from us?

This item is a part of our Civil War room at the Gibbon House... what part of history would you like to learn more about from us?

On this day in history: In 1878 Thomas Edison’s phonograph was shown for the first time at the Grand Opera House!! Here ...
05/04/2021

On this day in history: In 1878 Thomas Edison’s phonograph was shown for the first time at the Grand Opera House!! Here is our Edison phonograph we have at the Gibbon House Museum!

Have you ever heard one? Head over to our TikTok to hear what it sounds like!

Did you take a guess?! Let’s see if you got it!The item is a Native American artifact commonly called a nutting stone! O...
05/03/2021

Did you take a guess?! Let’s see if you got it!

The item is a Native American artifact commonly called a nutting stone! Other names include anvil stone or pitted cobble. These stone artifacts were fashioned by pecking at the cobble with a stone hammer until an indentation was formed. Archaeologists believe this type of artifact was used to crack open nuts by placing them in the small depression and striking them with a hammer. The artifact could have also been used to grind pigments or to start a fire when used with a bow drill.

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Let’s play a game!!! Can you tell us what this item is?!Comment your guesses below! We will post the answer tomorrow! Ha...
05/02/2021

Let’s play a game!!!

Can you tell us what this item is?!
Comment your guesses below! We will post the answer tomorrow!

Have fun!

Let’s play a game!!!

Can you tell us what this item is?!
Comment your guesses below! We will post the answer tomorrow!

Have fun!

Photos from Robert Cornelius Daguerreotype Project's post
04/30/2021

Photos from Robert Cornelius Daguerreotype Project's post

Recently the Cumberland County Historical Society was given an extensive collection of promotional items from businesses...
04/28/2021

Recently the Cumberland County Historical Society was given an extensive collection of promotional items from businesses that were largely in Bridgeton, and some that are still operating today. Some of the items have been put on exhibit at the Gibbon House.
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#promotionalitems #history #ephemera #pens #pencils #matchbooks

Address

960 Ye Greate St (P.O. Box 16)
Greenwich, NJ
08323

General information

The above listed hours are for the Gibbon House only. Please check the CCHS's website for a complete listing of the various building's hours. The Society has a wide variety of collections housed in several buildings including the Alan Ewing Carman Museum of Prehistory in Cumberland County, the c. 1730 Gibbon House Museum, the John DuBois Maritime Museum, and the Warren & Reba Lummis Genealogical & Historical Research Library.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 1pm - 4pm
Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Thursday 1pm - 4pm
Friday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Telephone

(856) 455-8580

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I have an inquiry I hope someone at the Cumberland County Historical Society can address. My 3rd great grandmother, Mercy (Harris) (Hampton) Westcott (ca. 1755-1837), live most of her adult life in Cumberland County, married first to John Thomas Hampton (d. 1794 in Fairfield),, and then to Amos Westcott (d. 1815 in Cedarville). She died in Bridgeton and is buried in Fairton. The image shown here is a reproduction from a daguerreotype taken ca. 1850 of an oil portrait we believe was of Mercy, painted in the prime of her life. I make this inquiry hoping that the original oil portrait still exists in or near Cumberland County, and that someone will recognize this portrait and be able to point me to the present location of the original. Failing that, can you provide names of other Cumberland County associations of whom I might inquire, with their email addresses if possible? Thanks in advance.
"Burgin's Branch," Stow Creek... Exactly where was it? An extension of Chestnut Run? One of the end forks of Macanippuck Run? Probably named for John Burgin Sr. (1703- ) or John Burgin Jr. (1735-1793). Thanks!!!
I have a "place name" challenge for Cumberland County... Names of roads "lost to history." I'm looking for any documentation (maps, etc) that would support or lend clues as to "where" the following roads might have been located if placed on a modern day map. 1. "Sutton Road (1774). 2. "the road from Seeley and More's Mill to Mulford's Mill?" (1795). 3. "the old road leading from Roadstown to Carlltown (1802) 4. "Stage Road" (1826). Note: all of these roads (some of which may be one and the same) are believed to have intersected with what is now Tattlestown-Jericho road. All of them would have been west of the Roadstown crossroads. The first possibility: Stow Creek/Casper Rds. Second: Willis /Marlboro Rds. Thank You!!!
Hi I am searching for the contact info for a funeral home in Cumberland Co, NJ In 1901 it was called Bates Funeral home. Maybe is it closed, but does another home take it's records? It was near Hopewell or Landis NJ.
So much great history packed into a tiny museum. Great fun for all ages!
Come join us as we celebrate 170 years of maritime history ...
Charles Stanley Johnson my father-in-law. He was born in Bridgeton, NJ in 1892 to Harry Charles Johnson and Anna Frances Lippincott. I am now trying to find the genealogical information for his parents, Harry Charles Johnson and Anna Frances Lippincott. I know they are definitely his parents. They lived with Charles Stanley and Ruth Hoffman Johnson for over one year when my wife was born. I have the census records for Harry and Anna Frances. They lived most of their life in Bridgeton, NJ but they were living in Pasadena California to be near their son and his family of three young girls by that year 1930 when the census was taken that year. In the summer of 1931, Harry and Anna took the train back to New Jersey. They heard by letter and telephone that Anna Frances died within a year after they arrived back in New Jersey. Within several years after they returned to New Jersey, Harry Charles Johnson died as well. I have not been able to find their marriage information or any death certificates or obituaries for either Harry Charles Johnson or Anna Frances Lippincott. Also, I do not know where they are buried or have any information about them after they returned to New Jersey. I am also trying to find who was Harry Charles Johnson's parents. Can anyone there at your Museum help me to find the records for our ancestors? I would prefer to communicate via e-mail at [email protected].. Thank you for your help. With love in Christ, George D. Dill
Remembering Dr Martin Luther King at East Point Lighthouse
Thought we'd share our family visit to the Greenwich Artisans Faire last weekend!
Artisans Faire