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Bring Back The Nail House!

Bring Back The Nail House!

This Little Building is Huge! Help us restore and reclaim this icon of Bridgeton's industrial and working class heritage.

Cohansey River

Cohansey River

from the Bridgeton Bluffs

Ferracute Office Building

Ferracute Office Building

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park

Downtown's pocket park

Downtown's pocket park

Candlelight Procession

Candlelight Procession

For the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Commerce Street Bridge

Commerce Street Bridge

Pocket Park at night

Pocket Park at night

View of Sunset Lake from Piney Point

View of Sunset Lake from Piney Point

Bridgeton's City Park


We are an open circle of 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 “placemaking” as a path to green,

sustainable, culturally & economically diverse

housing and neighborhood improvement.

We dare to think this is also a path to 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 everything we do.  JOIN US!

Our intergenerational children's book--
in English and Spanish....


Now selling out its SECOND PRINTING! Purchase your copy... ($25 copy) or gift one to your favorite little (or BIG) 'historian'
for the holidays!

Thank you, Brittney!

CHABA has been fortunate this past year in having Brittney Ingersoll, MA
(recently-named new Curator of the
Cumberland County Historical Society), as our
Nail House
"Historian in Residence."
We want of course to thank Brittney, but also all those who attended her Library talks over the course of her 'residency' year.
Check back here soon for links
to these talks as audiofiles!

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...and additional thanks to the

Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission, for the funding that made our Nail House residencies possible!

(and to the Bridgeton Public Library

that provided the pro-bono venue

for her talks).

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Other "Nail House as Time Machine" Showcase Events

Watch this space for updates

on Nail House events for 2023!




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.  

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CHABA has been collaborating with the City of Bridgeton (which owns the Nail House--the little building at the entrance to Bridgeton CIty Park) to make essential repairs. They have made this historic 'founder site'

accessible again and

extended its active life. 

We are committed to assuring that this key contributing structure can keep telling not just the story of the city itself but of the park--a gem of public space and one of the largest urban parks in the state.

We are expressing CHABA's commitment to the work of promoting environmental justice in this community and beyond.


Linocut of the 'Nail Mill Office' (below) by Bridgeton artist

James Cox 1935

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. 

Learn More

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ReVisioning New Jersey's
Largest Historic District

   55 West Commerce Street

(working address for 2022)

 Bridgeton, NJ 08302

need more info--or need help?

Contact us:

Eng/Esp: 856-369-1300

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