Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Whitesbog Village

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Grant Award: $228,000 (1990); $38,925 (2001); $13,968 (2002); $379,784 (2004)
Grant Recipient: New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
County: Burlington
Municipality: Brown's Mills

Founded in 1857 by J.J. White, Whitesbog is a 2,000-acre agricultural landscape that was one of the first cranberry farms in the state and is the location of the first successful cultivation of domesticated blueberries by Elizabeth White. The site remains remarkably intact; the village includes workers’ cottages, the general store, a boarding house, a water tower, a school, the superintendent’s house, and “Suningive,” Elizabeth White’s home and gardens.

The 2004 Trust grant helped fund the ongoing restoration and repair of 22 historic structures that are rented for income, occupied for nonprofit uses, or interpreted to the public during school tours and the annual Blueberry Festival. Work included replacing shingles, installing new wood frame storm and screen windows, roofing and gutter replacement, and restoration of key buildings used for educational programs.

Previous grants helped fund the preparation of a master plan and cultural landscape survey, rehabilitation of the barrel storage house and barrel factory, and restoration of four workers’ cottages.

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