Historical Markers in
Cumberland County, New Jersey

135th AAF Base Unit A Guiding Light A River to Enjoy and Protect A-4F Skyhawk Adolph A. Phillips All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Baggage Cart Baptist Log Meeting House Bivalve Oyster Shipping Sheds Broad St. Church Bugler, Joseph Di'Giurgio C-23 Sherpa Captain Joseph Buck Charles Kline Landis City of Vineland Operation Desert Storm Victory Mini-Park Civil War Memorial Corp. Charles Phillips Corp. Daniel B. Rhubart Corp. Frederick Van Deusen Corp. Jack F. Gaskill Corp. Louis Gassel Delaware Bay and River East Point Lighthouse Ecology in the Watershed Freedom Is Not Free Gibbon House Greenwich Tea Burning Monument Gunner, Clarence Hartman Gunnery Practice Over The Atlantic Honor Roll Hot Tea John F. Kennedy Memorial Korean War Memorial Lieut. Grady R. Roberts Little Stone School Machinist, Daniel Ogborn Mary J. Dunlap Maurice River Millville Airport National Holiness Association Memorial New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route Noted Glassworks Oak Hill Cemetery G.A.R. Monument Old Broad Street Presbyterain Church Old Stone Tavern Original Army Air Force WWII Gunnery School Administration Building Original Army Air Force WWII Headquarters Building Original Army Air Force WWII Pilot Ready-Dayroom Building Original Link Trainer Building Priv. Albert E. Wilkinson Priv. Aldo Bruge Priv. Arthur E. Brooke Priv. Grover C. Hankins Priv. J. Alfred Ackley, Jr. Priv. Joast N. Denelsbeck, Jr. Priv. Joseph Lenzi Priv. Joseph Trucano Priv. Paul G. Kimball Priv. Stanley Simpkins Roll of Honor Seaman, Perre Galkin Sergt. Robt. L. Van Deusen Sgt. Dominick Pilla Slipping Away Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Circle Springsteadah Plaza Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market The Millville Plant The Richard "Dick" Errickson Baseball Field The Schooner AJ Meerwald The "Millville Bank" Historical Society Building These Patriots Veterans Circle Memorial Veterans Memorial Vice Admiral Wallace M. Beakley Square Vietnam War Memorial Vietnam War Memorial Vineland's Own Welcome to Greenwich Township Wood House World War II and Korean War Memorial World War II and Korean War Memorial World War II Memorial "Liberty Bell"
The first organized drive-in movie theater in the world opened in Camden, New Jersey in 1933. The concept quickly caught on and drive-in theaters became a popular form of entertainment across the United States.
Cumberland County, New Jersey has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Prior to European colonization, the area was inhabited by Native American tribes, particularly the Lenape people. They lived off the land, hunting, fishing, and farming in the region.

In 1674, the Dutch officially claimed the land as part of New Netherlands, but it was soon taken over by the English. In the early 18th century, English settlers arrived in Cumberland County and established several small settlements. The area was primarily agricultural and relied heavily on the fertile land for farming.

During the American Revolutionary War, Cumberland County played a significant role. It was the site of several important battles and a key location due to its access to the Delaware Bay. Troops from both sides passed through the county, and many farms were destroyed during the conflict.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Cumberland County continued to thrive as an agricultural region. The construction of railroads and advancements in transportation allowed farmers to expand their reach and sell their produce to larger markets. However, the county also faced challenges, including the Great Depression and later the decline of the agricultural industry. Today, Cumberland County remains an important agricultural area, known for its vast farmlands and natural beauty. Additionally, it is also home to diversified industries, including manufacturing and tourism.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Cumberland County, New Jersey.

  • 1694: Cumberland County is established by an act of the New Jersey Provincial Assembly.
  • 1748: Bridgeton is founded as the county seat.
  • 1778: During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Chestnut Neck takes place in Cumberland County.
  • 1801: The first Cumberland County Courthouse is built in Bridgeton.
  • 1826: Millville is founded as a manufacturing center for glass production.
  • 1867: Vineland is incorporated as a planned community for agricultural settlers.
  • 1894: Maurice River Township is established by combining portions of Downe Township and Commercial Township.
  • 1941: Fortescue is severely damaged by a hurricane.
  • 1999: The Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton is reopened after extensive renovations.
  • 2012: Cumberland County College becomes a 4-year college and changes its name to Cumberland County College.