About the Cumberland County Historical Society


Help Preserve the Swedish Granary!

NEW: The John DuBois Maritme Museum open on Sundays 1-4.
Edward Sheppard (Shep), Curator.

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Help Preserve the Swedish Granary

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 telephone number is 856-455-8580 or please visit our website at www.cchistsoc.org. Our email address is cchistsoc@verizon.net.

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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Come and Meet the Artisans at the


Fine Art and Fine Craft Festival

in Historic Greenwich, New Jersey

A celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Birthday—Showcasing the very best New Jersey has to offer!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014

Admission Fee:  $5 (Children 12 and under FREE)

Located on the grounds of c. 1730 Gibbon House, 960 Ye Greate Street

Craft hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free parking.  Faire is held rain or shine.

As you enter on the grounds of the Faire, you will meet over 50 artists and craftsmen (13 new crafters this year) from throughout New Jersey who will display and sell their unique creations during this two-day event.  The exhibits include hand-woven items, scarves, red-ware pottery, photography, baskets, handcrafted jewelry, leather items, scroll saw designs, weaving, all-natural handmade soaps, floral designs, homemade honey, turned wood, glass, fiber arts, watercolor paintings, sculptural art furniture, theorem paintings, woodworking, handcrafted vintage handbags, hats and accessories, handcrafted brooms, custom made slates, wreaths, decorative arts, wood and cabinet work, whimsical seasonal ornaments, angels, fairies, and many more unique custom-made items. 

We are very excited to have the WheatonArts Traveling Glassblowers joining us this year, thanks to the generous donations from Gerresheimer Glass in Vineland; Woodruff Energy in Bridgeton; the Greenwich Yacht Club and from many local families and friends.  The group will demonstrate traditional glassmaking techniques.  The glassblowers, who work together at a portable furnace, will answer your questions and handle sales of the pieces produced by this group of volunteers.

Gregg Perry, a nationally recognized horologist, will talk and give free verbal valuations on your antique clocks and watches on both days.  Mr. Perry offers clock sales, service, restoration and conservation of Grandfather, wall and mantel clocks.  He is the conservator of the antique clocks belonging to the Historical Society and will be available both days on the porch of the Gibbon House.

Well-known Cape May County antique appraiser, Arthur Schwerdt, SPA, will give verbal appraisals on two small items from each adult with a paid admittance ticket to the Artisans’ Faire.  He will be located at the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 981 Ye Greate Street, on Sunday, September 28th from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

There will be a variety of great tasting foods and homemade sweets along with water ice, cotton candy, popcorn and funnel cakes.   So, don’t forget to bring your appetite . . . chicken BBQ, pulled pork sandwiches, chili and other goodies for those hearty appetites!

Joining us new this year is the Buckshutem Country Band.  They will provide free, “family-style” entertainment and will be playing oldies, country and gospel blues music. 


For the children, there will be face painting, pony rides, story time readings and arts & crafts.   They will also enjoy playing with colonial toys such as Jacob’s Ladder, Cup ‘n Ball and Quoits.

Demonstrations will be provided by the Clay College of Cumberland County and hearthside cooking demonstrations will take place in the 10’ hearth of the Gibbon House.  A demonstration on chair caning and rushing will be available for you to watch and ask questions.  This year, blacksmiths will be pounding metal into different shapes and demonstrating their work making items such as cutlery, candlesticks, lanterns, horseshoes and farm devices.  Jack Cresson, a professional archaeologist who has been flint knapping since 1963, will demonstrate his art and share the necessary tools and materials used in this field.

If you are interested in the Civil War, make plans to visit with the Company D, 7th New Jersey Civil War re-enactors.  Step back in time while they answer your questions about the camp life of soldiers and their families.   They will also be doing demonstrations throughout the two days.

Come and learn about the Hunley, which became the world’s first successful combat submarine in 1864, when she sank the USS Housatonic.  Lost for over a century, the Hunley was raised from the sea in 2000.  Bill Jenkins will be available to talk to you about the artifacts found during excavation of the submarine, including the legendary gold coin that saved the Hunley Captain’s life.

Farm fresh New Jersey fruits and vegetables from our local farmers will be available.  And, for your fall decorating needs, gourds, cornstalks, straw and pumpkins will be waiting for you to take home.

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