Join Us for the 44th Annual Artisans' Faire and Marketplace on September 26 and 27, 2015

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New Book about Cumberland County’s Historic Architecture Available

The Cumberland County Historical Society is proud to announce that its newly-published book, Early Wood Architecture of Cumberland County, New Jersey, is now available for purchase.   

Written by architectural historian, Joan Berkey, the heavily illustrated book examines the forces that shaped the earliest wooden buildings erected in Cumberland County.  Dating as early as the late 1600s, these heavy timber frame (also known as post and beam) structures are strikingly similar to those built by the Pilgrims in Massachusetts.  Years of research and examination of more than 40 extant buildings reveal important differences, however, and suggest a direct-from-England influence as well.

While the book focuses on those built before 1750, it also includes others dated as late as ca. 1840 to demonstrate how timber framing evolved over a century and a half.

Berkey also encountered several log and Dutch-American frame buildings during her research and devotes a chapter to each in the 208-page volume.  More than 230 photographs (many in color), drawings, and maps enrich the text. 

Berkey spent more than five years conducting the research leading up to the book.  All phases of the project were assisted by grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the New Jersey Department of State.

“The Cumberland County Historical Society is extremely proud to have sponsored this first in-depth study of the county’s earliest wood buildings,” Linda Hruza-Jones, president of the Society’s board, commented.  “Berkey’s work presents an exceptional portrait of our architectural and cultural heritage.”

Copies can be purchased for $39.99 at the Historical Society’s Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library at 981 Ye Greate Street in Greenwich, New Jersey.  The Library is open on Wednesdays from 9 until 4, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 until 4.  Mail orders are fulfilled by the author:  send your mailing information with a check or money order for $44.74 (cost of the book at 39.99 plus $4.75 postage and packaging) to Joan Berkey, 707 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House, New Jersey   08210.  The book can also be purchased on

Sitting Pretty: The Cumberland County Historical Society's Ware Collection on Exhibition in Princeton

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to have several pieces from our collection included in Morven Museum & Garden's upcoming exhibit "Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking." This exhibition will be held from April 23, 2015 through October 18, 2015.  Objects from the CCHS's collection that are being highlighted in the exhibition center on the renowned Ware family of South Jersey. There were nineteen Wares who, over four generations, engaged in chairmaking from the late-18th century until the 1940s. The Society's 1894 Maskell Ware and Family Lithograph will be on exhibition along with the ca. 1840 companion portraits of Maskell and Hannah Ware.  Three of the CCHS's slat-back, rush seated chairs created by Dan, Reuben and George Ware will be on exhibition. The Society's Ware-type child's two-slat rocking potty chair with finials and rush seat is sure to be an exhibition favorite.

Morven's exhibit "will explore the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the late 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century, an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the Garden State, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Hundreds of craftsmen are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians....Thirty-five examples of documented New Jersey chairs will show the range of seating furniture produced in all parts of the state, and will be joined by chairmaking tools and equipment, portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs."

Curator Joseph W. Hammond will give a gallery talk on May 14 and September 17. Space is limited. To make your reservation call 609-924-8144 x 106, email or register online at

Thanks to Morven Museum & Garden for helping the CCHS to once again be a part of their exhibition. Join us at Morven for an opening reception on April 22, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For more details about this interesting exhibition, visit Morven Museum & Garden's website
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About the Cumberland County Historical Society

The office of the Cumberland County Historical Society is located in the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 981 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, New Jersey 08323.

Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Library is open for research on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4 pm. Click here for more details.

The telephone number is 856-455-8580 or please visit our website at Our email address is

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 inGreenwich to the memory of the brave Patriots who burned the tea on December 22, 1774.

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