Hearthside Dinners at the Gibbon House

The Cumberland Country Historical Society is excited to announce the return of the Hearthside Dinners! The menu for the dinners will consist of 18th century recipes. Food will be served in the kitchen around the lit hearth at the Gibbon House. The Gibbon House was originally build in ca. 1730 by Nicholas Gibbon, who was a merchant. The large hearth was added after he married his wife in ca. 1740. There will be three dinners: January 28, February 25 and March 25. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. $60 per person. $110 per couple. Reservations required. Anyone interested in attending or those who have inquiries can call 856-455-8580.

Cumberland County Historical Society
2017 Lecture Series at Lummis Library in Greenwich

January 22: Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams will speak on the 17th century New Sweden colony on the Delaware.

February 12: David Veasey will discuss his 2014 book New Jersey Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings.

March 12: "Oystering in the Old Days": Clyde Phillips will discuss the oyster industry of Port Norris.

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The Cumberland County Historical Society Receives First Prize in the

Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey has announced that the Cumberland County Historical Society has won first prize in the Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards for their book Early Wood Architecture of Cumberland County, New Jersey by Joan Berkey.   The award is being presented on June 11, 2016, during the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey's Spring Meeting at the Tewksbury Historical Society in Hunterdon County. 

The LHSNJ is composed of nearly 250 local historical societies, museums, libraries, historic sites, cultural and heritage commissions, genealogical societies, and other history-related organizations. The Hale Awards were created to mark the achievements of member societies. The award categories include books, booklets, brochures, calendars, DVDs, journals, newsletters, pamphlets and posters.

The Cumberland County Historical Society received grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission: New Jersey Department of State that allowed the Society to hire noted architectural historian Joan Berkey to research and write the book over a four year period, and to publish the hardcover book in August 2015. Berkey spent countless hours examining 51 buildings, focusing on those erected before ca. 1750 and researching the history of heavy timber frame construction to place the buildings in context. The Cumberland County Historical Society is grateful for all of Joan’s efforts to make this amazing publication possible!!

New Book about Cumberland County’s Historic Architecture Available

The Cumberland County Historical Society is proud to announce that its newly-published book, Early Wood Architecture of Cumberland County, New Jersey, is now available for purchase. 
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About the Cumberland County Historical Society

The office of the Cumberland County Historical Society is located in the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, located at 981 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, New Jersey 08323.

Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Library is open for research on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4 pm. Click here for more details.

The telephone number is 856-455-8580 or please visit our website at Our email address is

In 1905, at the same time plans were being made to erect a monument to commemorate the Tea Burning in Greenwich, the Cumberland County Historical Society was organized as a non-profit corporation. The first recorded meeting of the incorporators of the Cumberland County Historical Society was held in the old Cumberland County Court House on Broad Street in Bridgeton at 2 PM on December 2, 1908.

These Charter Members organized the Society in order to apply to the Board of Freeholders and the State Legislature for funds to erect a monument inGreenwich to the memory of the brave Patriots who burned the tea on December 22, 1774.

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