Cumberland County, New Jersey: 265 Years of History

Cumberland County, New Jersey: 265 Years of History


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Cumberland County, New Jersey: 265 Years of History by Charles Harrison

Situated along the Delaware Bay and first inhabited by the Lenape Indians, Cumberland County has a rich agricultural and industrial history. After the Revolution, Swedish, Danish and English immigrants were soon joined by others from across Europe and around the world. The Cohansey and Maurice Rivers flow through the county, uniting its cities and towns. They have distinguished histories of their own--Greenwich was a major port of entry in colonial America; Port Norris was the oyster capital of the world" in the 1800s; and Seabrook Farms was the country's biggest vegetable factory. In 2013, the county celebrates its 265th anniversary. Join the people of Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and the rest of Cumberland County to explore the stories from its past."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609497767
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Brief History
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

In addition to writing this history of Cumberland County, Charles H. Harrison has written the books Salem County: A Story of People (The History Press), Growing a Global Village: The Story of Seabrook Farms (Holmes & Meier) and Tending the Garden State (Rutgers University Press). He also has written a number of articles about New Jersey and its people for Trailer Life, Planning, New Jersey Monthly and South Jersey magazines. Harrison and his wife reside in a 150-year-old house in Woodstown. Original photographs for this book were taken by Stephan A. Harrison of Pitman. Stephan was a photographer for Today's Sunbeam in Salem County.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Happy Birthday! 7

Chapter 1 Always the Rivers 9

Chapter 2 Thank You, Lenape Indians 15

Chapter 3 New Sweden Is an Olde Memory 20

Chapter 4 "The Lord of Hosts Is on Our Side" 24

Chapter 5 What's in a Name? 33

Chapter 6 Shucks 38

Chapter 7 "They Make Glass" 54

Chapter 8 Painting a New Golden Age 61

Chapter 9 Seabrook Farms: The Century-Old Giant 68

Chapter 10 "Wanted: Everyone!" 72

Chapter 11 History Reclaimed 77

Chapter 12 Hats Off to the "New" Landis Theatre 83

Chapter 13 Still Number One 85

Chapter 14 Long Ago in Bridgeton 89

Chapter 15 Long Ago in Commercial Township 95

Chapter 16 Long Ago in Deerfield Township 102

Chapter 17 Long Ago in Downe Township 106

Chapter 18 Long Ago in Fairfield Township 110

Chapter 19 Long Ago in Greenwich Township 114

Chapter 20 Long Ago in Hopewell Township and Shiloh Borough 121

Chapter 21 Long Ago in Lawrence Township 125

Chapter 22 Long Ago in Maurice River Township 128

Chapter 23 Long Ago in Millville 136

Chapter 24 Long Ago in Stow Creek Township 144

Chapter 25 Long Ago in Upper Deerfield Township 147

Chapter 26 Long Ago in Vineland 151

Bibliography 157

About the Author 159

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