Historic Bethel Othello African Methodist Episcopal Church
Location: 1092 SHEPPARDS MILL ROAD GREENWICH, NJ 08302
Historic Bethel Othello African Methodist Episcopal Church served its congregation since 1795. The first church building on Ambury Hill was destroyed by fire in the late 1830’s. After the fire the congregation moved about one mile away. The existing edifice was established in 1838 in Springtown. Ambury Hill Cemetery is the graveyard for old Springtown families and the final resting place for Civil War Veterans from the United States Colored Troops of Cumberland County. Historic Bethel Othello is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in the State of New Jersey. Parishioners have worshipped here since 1838. Through the Underground Railroad, the church provided a temporary gateway to freedom. Those who knocked on the doors of this freedom church were hid and sent on to Swedesboro and Mt. Holly.
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset
Location: Located on Mercer Road (Princeton Pike). 1.5 miles south of Princeton University and 3.8 miles north of Interstate 295/95.
On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods of Princeton Battlefield were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of “The Ten Crucial Days” which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field.
Hours: Open April through December Thursday-Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, noon to 4:00pm
Location: Take Interstate Rt. 95 North. Exit onto Rt. 202 North. Follow Rt. 202 North to Rt. 1. Make a left onto Rt. 1 (South) and follow it for 1.7 miles to park entrance.
Here Washington’s Continental army fought British forces under Lord Howe on September 11, 1777. Although the battle was an American defeat, the Continentals withstood the determined attack of British regulars, even while sustaining heavy losses
Emlen Physick Estate
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children (ages 3-12)
Hours: Vary by season; check the website for dates and times
Location: Cape May
Visit the Cape May of more than 100 years ago on a guided tour of Cape May s Emlen Physick Estate, the magnificent Stick Style mansion attributed to renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness. A tour of the 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Victorians. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes and conclude with a visit to the Carriage House Gallery.
Greenwich Tea Burning Monument
Hours: Accessible daylight hours only.
Location: From state road 49 westbound, take CR607 south at Bridgeton. Eastbound on SR49, take CR620 south at Shiloh, then left onto CR623 in Greenwich.
Cumberland County was a hotbed of patriotic fervor in the months and weeks prior to the first shot which began the American Revolutionary War. In the town square of Greenwich on December 22, 1774, young men dressed as Indians broke open a supply of East India tea, bound for consignment at the port of Philadelphia, and burned it in protest of the heavy British taxes levied on the American colonists. The Cumberland County Historical Society erected a monument on the site in commemoration of the event in 1908.
Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum
Hours: Wednesday 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: 1461 Bridgeton Road, Greenwich, New Jersey
Of special interest to the children are over 1000 fossils from 4 time periods of the earth’s geological development. Extinct trilobites, whale and porpoise vertebrae, crabs, lobster, squid, mollusks, sting rays and giant shark teeth special display case. Also a foot print in stone of a bird-like dinosaur called a “Grallator.” All of these things were found in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. They illustrate a fascinating array of land and marine life which once roamed the earth’s primordial landscape
Salem County Historical Society Museum
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12 Noon to 4:00 pm
Location: 83 Market Street, Salem New Jersey
The Society has an exceptional collection of furniture, paintings, textiles, glass, china, silver, documents, tools and other prized possessions made possible through the generosity of interested persons and families. This collection enables us to graphically convey to visitors an understanding of the work, play, society, and life styles of local inhabitants from generations past.
Hours: Monday 10 to 5, Tues. – Thurs. 10 to 8, Friday 10 to 5, Saturday 10 to 4
Location: 150 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey
The Bridgeton Library offers a variety of programs for children. The Website describes each program and the appropriate ages for each of the programs.Located in the lower level of the Bridgeton Free Public Library are some 30,000 pieces of Native American relics creatively laid out. Among them are approximately 25,000 Indian arrowheads, all found in South Jersey.
Historic Cold Spring Village
Admission: Adults $10, Children 3-12 $8, Children under 3 free
Hours: Historic Cold Spring Village is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am until 4:30 pm until May thru Labor Day Weekend, then weekends until mid-September.
Location: The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande.
The Village brings to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey during the “age of homespun.” (1789-1840). Visitors can make a personal connection between the past and present through the interactive, educational, and hands-on activities. Take a stroll along 30 acres of shaded lanes, enjoy the gardens and observe the farm where heritage crops are grown; visit twenty-six restored historic buildings housing historically-clothed interpreters, who educate and entertain visitors about the lifestyles, issues, trades and crafts of yesteryear. Children enjoy playing at the activity area where they take part in a variety of projects such as trying on costumes, participating in hands-on crafts and playing games.
Millville Army Airfield Museum
Admission: Free, Donations welcome
Hours: The Museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Monday visits may be scheduled by appointment.
Location: Millville Airport
The Millville Army Air Field Museum preserves U.S. military aviation history, including the recent Middle East conflict. Museum programs and tours focus on education about Millville’s vital role in aviation history and the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt.
Batso Village and Wharton State Forrest
Admission: No entrance fee for Wharton State Forest. Batsto Village charge is $5 entrance fee per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day on weekends.
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset
Location: Wharton State Forest has two offices – one at Batsto Village and one at Atsion Recreation Area. Batsto Village is located on Route 542, eight miles east of Hammonton. Atsion is on Route 206, eight miles north of Hammonton. Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System. It is also the site of Batsto Village, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 that currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed here during the late 19th century.
Hours: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, most state and federal holidays, and Wednesdays following Monday or Tuesday holidays.
Location: Salem County. 49E thru Salem to Yorke Street. Right on Yorke Street (Rte 658) Yorke Street becomes Salem-Hancock’s Bridge Road. Follow into Hancock’s Bridge. Go over the Bridge. The Hancock House is the first house on the right.
The home of a prominent Salem County and an excellent example of English Quaker patterned end wall brick houses associated with the lower Delaware Valley and southwestern New Jersey. Built in 1734 by Judge William Hancock, the house is the site of a massacre that took place during the American Revolution on the morning of March 21, 1778. A British force of nearly 300 men surprised and bayoneted a small band of 30 colonial militiamen who were sleeping there.
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset.
Location: Salem County. Route 49 East to Fort Mott Road. Turn right onto Fort Mott Road and travel 3 miles. Park is located on right.
Built for the federal government’s post Civil War plan of defending Delaware River ports, Fort Mott was part of a three-fort coastal defense system which also included Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island and Fort DuPont in Delaware City, Delaware. A ferry connecting the three forts operates seasonally. Ten and twelve inch guns were mounted on disappearing carriages with an effective range of eight to ten miles, sufficient to match or out-range the guns of contemporary naval vessels. Welcome Center exhibits on the maritime history theme and Trail information are available.
Nice view of the river and picnic areas. Check for special events at the fort during the warm weather.
During the summer, catch the Ferry to Fort Delaware and Fort DuPont.
Finn’s Point National Cemetery
Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Location: Follow directions to Fort Mott State Park. Just before the main entrance to the state park, turn right and follow the signs for the cemetery.
The cemetery is the resting place for 2,436 Confederate soldiers whose military careers ended as prisoners of war under the custody of the Federal Union. These men were interned near here at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island. Many had been captured during the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1863. Union soldiers who died while serving as guards at the prison camp are also buried here. Interpretive exhibits explain the cemetery’s history.
Admission: Adults – $14.00, Students and senior citizens – $10.00, Children ages six to fourteen – $5.00, Children under six – Free
Hours: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some exhibits have special hours
Location: 200 Hagley Rd, Wilmington, DE. After crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, follow signs to Route 141. Follow Route 141 North for 7 miles. After crossing Route 100, watch for Hagley’s main entrance on the left.
Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.
Seabrook Education and Cultural Center
Hours: Monday -Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12 Noon
Location: The SECC is located in the lower level of the Upper Deerfield Township Municipal Building.
To preserve Seabrook’s rich and unique history, the Japanese Americans of Seabrook, the largest ethnic group relocating to the area during World War II, established in 1994 the SEABROOK EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER. The Center, the key component of a non-profit foundation, serves as both a museum and a memorial for Seabrook’s rich history and community life.