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 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 “placemaking” as a path to green,

sustainable, culturally & economically diverse

housing and neighborhood improvement...as well as

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!

AND--Be sure to come out and meet CHABA Author Flavia Alaya (and a HOST of others) at the Bridgeton Public Library...

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Winner New Preservation Initiatives Award 2021 PreservationNJ

Other "Nail House as Time Machine" Showcase Events

CHABA will be organizing exhibits at the Nail House,

hosted by Resident Artist Rita Lynn Lyman, to showcase the creativity

of regional artists in re-imagining and reinterpreting local history,

especially of the Nail Mill,

WITH

November: an exhibit of regional artists

December: a final exhibition of selected artwork,

along with Rita's finished installation.

More details coming soon!

Classic Title

BRIDGETON

BRING BACK THE NAIL HOUSE

HISTORIC DISTRICT

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) on repairs that have made this historic

'founder site' accessible again. 

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

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Linocut 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. 

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