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“An amazing part of NJ, American and food history!”
Review of Whitesbog Village

Whitesbog Village
Reviewed May 24, 2015

Many folks in NJ are not aware of the scope of the Pine Barrens - 1/4 of the state is uninhabited pine lands. Whitesbog village is at the northern edge of the Pine Barrens, about halfway between Philadelphia and the shore. It is accessible by 'hardtop road' and well worth a visit. The drive on sand roads through the old cranberry bogs and past the site where Elizabeth White cultivated the first commercial blueberry is a remarkable experience. I've taken people from all over the US, Europe and South America there, and all have been amazed. Beautiful drive, and a well preserved turn-of-the-century village where the commercial blueberry was born (and cranberries are still grown). The general store is where I buy all my jams and jellies, not to mention books on the area and Jersey devil shirts. A great starting point to learn about the Pine Barrens, and an experience that you will never forget.

5  Thank D R
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Reviewed May 4, 2015

Excellent general store with home made jelly and preserves. They also have historic nik-naks and plenty of classy souvenirs. It's a good trip to give your kids a little history lesson.

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Reviewed September 14, 2014

Make sure you get exact gps coordinates if you do not know where Historic Whitesbog Village is located. Our gps took us elsewhere, then we had trouble finding the place. We had to get out a paper map and on our way to crossroads, we passed the entrance. There are all variety of Whites Bogs and Whitesbog Roads in the area. It is all very confusing for an outsider.

We love historic places and this one was average. The general store is the highlight. We did not go during and event so the buildings were closed. There was a bit of modern day stuff around (plastic chairs, water bottles, building supplies) which detracts from the feel of yesteryear.

Their website advertised paths for biking, so we took bikes. However, there are soft sandy patches that almost threw us from our bikes unexpectedly several times. I don't recommend planning to bike there.

The abandoned bogs are home to a smattering of herons and egrets.

You can learn quite a bit about blueberries and cranberries at the site even without a guide.

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

I actually live in the town and hadn't been to the village. It is beautiful as far as nature beauty but the history is so very interesting. If you visit don't forget to check out the general store. It has some very tasty locally produced jams, jellies and candies. I plan on coming back often an definitely in the winter months to see the tundra swans.

Thank Sandra T
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

My friend and I made reservations to take the bus tour to see the Cranberry Harvesting. There is a lot more to this than the average person knows. We were on a small bus (around 20 people) with the owner driving and his wife narrating what we were seeing including the village itself as well as the harvesting.. They were both excellent guides. Good opportunities for pix. Well worth the fee.

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