Keeping Tradition Alive…

The Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center in Seabrook has preserved the stories of the workers who were once employed at the “largest vegetable factory on earth,” as Life Magazine dubbed Seabrook Farm in 1955. Charles F. Seabrook came to be known as the “Henry Ford of Agriculture” for his industrial approach to farming but it was the relocated Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Peruvians from United States internment camps, wartime refugees from Europe, and migrant laborers from Appalachia, the Deep South and the Caribbean who were primarily responsible for that success. Seabrook was an authentic “global bootstrap Village” where people of many cultures lived and worked together. The Center, which opened in 1994, celebrates their heritage with exhibits and programs that reflect the community’s culturally-diverse heritage.

Seabrook Obon Festival

Seabrook Museum

 

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Sail Through Mauricetown…

Mauricetown Historical SocietyParticipants in A Race Through Time will quickly discover that with a large part of coastline nestled against the Delaware Bay, much of Cumberland County’s history relates to maritime life. The tiny community of Mauricetown is a good example since close to ninety ship captains lived in the town between 1846 and 1915 and many of their homes are still standing. The community flourished through the 19th century, although sailing was not an easy way of life. In 1921, a stained glass Mariner’s Window was dedicated at the United Methodist Church, commemorating the lives of the men who were lost over the years at sea. Before you take a stroll through the town, however, visit the Mauricetown Historical Society, where you’ll learn about the town’s once-thriving shipbuilding and fishing industries as well as other aspects of early life. Although the railroads eventually replaced sailing ships in the late 1800s as a primary means of transportation, Mauricetown has retained much of the charm of those early days.

Overhead shot of Mauricetown NJ

 

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Is it Spring yet?!?

I don’t know about you but I’m really, really ready for some consistently warmer weather! This going to sleep with 30 degree temperatures and watching it climb into the 60s and 70s during the day is just not working for me. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be in good spirits by the time our first contestants are ready to Race on July 1. The diversity of Cumberland County’s history is awe-inspiring in many ways. I don’t know about you but I’m especially looking forward to learning more about the region’s Native American and colonial-era past. Then, there were the Quakers, who were well-established here and had a tremendous impact on the area’s growth and development. If your interests don’t run to the early, early days, there’s always a trip to Millville Army Airfield Museum, which documents military history, or the Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve (the home of the A.J. Meerwald), which has preserved the story of the oyster industry’s past. Did you know that at one point in time, the tiny town shipped millions of oysters to New York, Philadelphia and even Vineland, where the delicacies were enjoyed daily? Check it out! AJ Meerwold

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