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“On the hunt for cranberries...”
Review of Whitesbog Village

Whitesbog Village
Reviewed October 16, 2016

At the peak of cranberry season (mid- October), we took advantage of a mid-week day off from school to drive from Philadelphia to New Jersey's Pine Barrens to catch a glimpse of bright red cranberry bogs we have only seen on Ocean Spray commercials. While we didn't see the giant swaths of red, we caught sight of a few cranberries in the distance. (I understand from locals that access to the cranberry bogs is limited to protect the crops. makes sense.)

We headed to the historic village of Whitesbog, located in the northernmost section of Brendan T. Byrne State Park. There were no events scheduled and the General Store and Museum were closed but we spent about 45 minutes walking around the historic buildings and trails, reading the interpretive panels to learn about this former company town, birthplace to the cultivated blueberry. Marked walking trails meander through the tiny town to blueberry fields and former cranberry bogs. It was neat to see the structure of the former bogs with the drainage ditches and a few cranberry plants peaking up here and there.

On our way into town along the drive, we did see a hint of red on a still active cranberry bog which seemed to be harvested by the giant machinery during our visit. While the visitor services were closed during the week, it was a nice drive and easy walk. If we ever have time on a weekend, we will return to see the active commercial bogs on an organized tour, located nearby.

Whitesbog is tucked away from the main road. I used GPS directions to the Whitesbog Preservation Trust to find the way.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank jlagtravels
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Reviewed June 25, 2016

First time here, went for the Blueberry Festival.
Great location, great history lessons, great music, awesome food selections.
Vendors were mostly local artists with fair prices and some great products.
Blueberry baked goods booth was worth the trip alone!
However, the parking situation was horrible.
You have to pay ten dollars to park a mile away down a sandy road and use the provided school busses to get back and forth. Problem is, there were only two and a half busses, causing you to stand in line in the hot sun for over a half hour waiting for the bus. Old people, families with babies and strollers, people with dogs and people with arms full of stuff they just bought do not board a bus quickly nor do they fare well in the heat and sun.
Not a good experience.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed June 8, 2016

We went for a day trip with our dog. There was nothing scheduled for visitors that day, so we walked about on our own. We walked inside the historic cabins as well as the general store. There we bought some blueberry jam and cold water. Restrooms are available too. While my husband sat on a rocking chair in the front porch, I walked down to the cranberry bog. My dog and I passed a pretty butterfly garden and walked on a short path covered with wood shavings.
There is probably more to do when there are scheduled activities, such as a blueberry festival in late June.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank ejwo321
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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.

Date of experience: May 2015
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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.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Ken_NJ_11islands
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