Points of History in Cumberland County
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When I think of history, it includes people:
People were living on the land that would become Cumberland County for at least 2800 years. Evidence of their pottery making can be found in archaeological remains found in the area. You can see some of these items by visiting You can see some of these items by visiting the Prehistorical Museum in Greenwich NJ . They have provided a nice .pdf file, that shows an overview of their displays along with a map and schedule of their hours.
As in all encounters with settlers and native peoples there are two or more sides to the story. While the settlers of New Jersey would not be considered to be terrific by today's standards, I think for their time period, they certainly were not as bad as most. (Hardly anything to be proud of, but something?)
I have gathered a set of links and sites that give many accounts. It, also, contains information on where the Lenni-Lenape are today.
Who were the Early settlers of Cumberland County?
There are many people who know more about Greenwich then I do, but I think this essay gives you a good idea of the town and the "New Jersey Tea Party".
Pictured at right is a monument to the "NJ Tea
The Liberty Bell of Cumberland County
House Museum (1814) - Bridgeton
A group of re-enactors who meet in Vineland and keep the memory of their Union Ancestors Alive. The link below shows a great picture of the original Lyon's Post #10 of the GAR.
Vineland, New Jersey
Vineland founded August 1861.
(One of the first and most successful planned communities, before they knew to call them planned communities).
Thanks to Mr. Charles K. Landis!!!
Vineland livestock cause great Bovine War (1863-1864)
One of those early progressive settlers left us his
E. Hires of Cumberland County- Creator of Hires Root Beer
Grape Juice - Juicy
Story Puts Vineland on the Map
Vineland, 1876; The great visionary who founded Vineland in 1861, had a problem with "controlling his dream."
finds Charles K. Landis innocent
Summer of 1888
Not the original story, but a summary of it.
America's First Defense Airport - Millville Army Air Field. 1941
The Millville Army Air Field Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the first U.S. Army Base built for the defense of our country in 1941. It served as a training base for the famous P-47 'Thunderbolt' and P-40 'Warhawk' fighter plane
Japanese Relocation Camp in South Jersey (Seabrook)
President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9006 that allowed 110,000 Japanese Americans to be considered "enemy aliens" and to be moved into internment camps away from their home on the West (Pacific) Coast.
For more extensive discussion on the subject see my webpage on
the NJ-Alhn Site
Still working on the history pages,
While you are waiting, the Cumberland County Site has a good start on the History of the County.
"History Belongs to All of Us"
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