We are an open circle of thoughtful cultural and multicultural activists--some young--some seasoned--all invested in sustainability.
For us, historic preservation is creative, futuristic work. we are not out to freeze the past, but to model people-centered “place-making” as a path to green, sustainable, culturally & economically diverse housing and neighborhood improvement...jobs creation...quality of life...environmental justice and economic reinvestment.
We pour our energies (and yes, our love) into this small New Jersey city because it tells an amazingly rich story of the making of America--working and middle-class--farming and industry--native & immigrant--over four centuries.
And because, with the largest historic district in the state, this same small city enlarges the challenge and the potential impact of what we do. JOIN US!
A Race Through Time!
Bridgeton's Nail House Museum (1 Mayor Aitken Drive)
is featured as one of the 15 stops
throughout Cumberland County in
"A Race through Time, 2020," an event presented by the Vineland Historical Society in collaboration with its county partners through the months of July and August.
If you would like more information,
you can visit the VHS Facebook page here.
The Nail House will be open to Time Travelers
on the following dates and times:
Tuesdays- July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11 from 12 PM to 3 PM
Saturdays- July 4, 11, 18; August 1, 8, 15 from 1 PM to 3 PM
Sundays- July 19, 26; August 2, 9 from 1 PM to 3 PM
Books, T-shirts, Note Cards and Historic Photographs
are available for sale
Face masks are required. Please be respectful and keep
safe distances around others.
Call (856) 369-1300 and leave a message if you would like
to request special arrangements.
the Nail House is wheelchair-accessible
Named for the tiny bridge that has straddled the Cohansey River here since 1716, Bridgeton has been the seat of New Jersey’s rural Cumberland County since before the Revolution. It is steeped in a marinade of precolonial, colonial and postcolonial histories and cultures.
OBIE Award opportunity
In order to inspire new generations of Bridgeton historians, we offer a scholarship to Bridgeton High School students in honor of Oberlin Smith and the Ferracute Machine Co., an historic site which we think should be a National Landmark.
Learn more here.
Bridgeton’s architectural range is encyclopedic: from cabin to castle, high Victorian to classical revival to modernist. The Historic District itself includes an amazing number of individual architectural gems, many designed by noted architects.