Historic Whitesbog Village

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Whitesbog Village Preservation TrustExperience the culture, history and natural environment of the New Jersey Pinelands. Whitesbog Village in Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon) State Forest, Pemberton Township, is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. Guided tours are available upon request. The General Store is open every weekend from February through mid-December.  Whitesbog Village

Whitesbog Village, named after the Whitesbog's founder, J.J. White, an innovative cranberry farmer who revolutionized the cranberry farming industry (i.e., involving cranberry bogs, hence, White's Bog) in New Jersey.

Elizabeth C. WhiteLater his daughter, Elizabeth who had taken an active interest in her father's cranbery growing and shipping business, read a USDA report on Dr. Frederick V. Coville's work in blueberry propagation in New Hampshire.  She wrote to Coville, inviting him to continue his research at Whitesbog and Coville accepted the offer. For the next five years, Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville worked together. White located wild blueberry bushes by asking local Pineland people to help her find the best blueberries from the wild bushes. She wrote out directions for them to follow and named a bush after its finder. Thousands of cuttings were taken to create the new varieties.

 Blueberry Packaging - CellophaneIn 1916, White and Coville produced the first commercial crop of blueberries.  Together they developed 8 varieties from wild selections and 15 improved varieties by 1937.  There are at least 40 improved cultivated varieties of highbush blueberries for northern climes on the market today, developed for disease and frost resistance, large flavorful berries, and consistently high yields. 
Elizabeth White was the first to use a cellophane wrapper, a clear plastic covering that was put over the small baskets of blueberries when they were shipped to stores for sale. 
In 1967, the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, brought many of the farms in the Pinelands under the Green Acres Land Acquisition Act and created the Pinelands National Reserve. Included in that purchase was the small village of Whitesbog. The Village and its surrounding 3,000-acre tract of land then became part of Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon) State Forest where it remains today.

(Source: Whitesbog Village)

See also:

Hiking Whitesbog - for hikers' notes on plants found around Whitesbog and related comments.
Site Guide - Whitesbog - guide provided by the Audubon Society.

Whitsbog Buildings  - photographs by Michael Hogan (plus other Pine Barrens photos)

NJ Historic Trust - Whitesbog Farm.

Whitesbog Village Photo Gallery - photographs taken by Jim Semonik.

Whitesbog Morning - photo
TravelLady Magazine - Cranberries and Blueberries: From New Jersey Wilderness to Markets Around The World, from the perspective of Whitesbog Village.
Click here for official map and directions to Whitesbog Village.

 Driving Directions to Whitesbog Village, NJ
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