Whitesbog Cranberry & Blueberry Museum
The Barrel Storage Warehouse is home to the Whitesbog Cranberry & Blueberry Museum. It is open to the public during scheduled Village Tours, during the Blueberry Festival in June and by appointment.
The barrel storage house was designed not only to store barrels but also to accommodate an abundant cranberry harvest. Like the packing and storage building, this extant structure has a railway down its middle and a slatted floor. The large doors seen on the right in the picture above allowed for the rail tracks to connect to the Barrel Factory.
The Cranberry & Blueberry Museum at Whitesbog houses thousands of artifacts, many from the New Jersey Agriculture Museum and many donations from private farms in South Jersey.
It is one story high with concrete foundations, braced heavy-timber construction, and 9-inch tongue-and-groove vertical siding. The gable roof is of standing-seam metal on 7 1/2-inch roofing boards carried by 2 x 8 rafters. The rafters are cross-braced to the opposite row of 4 x 6 columns extending along either side of the railway. Primary access to the building is along its southeast façade, where seven evenly spaced doors are located. The plan is rectangular and measures 32 feet wide by 112 feet long. Windows in the gabled ends are of 6-over-6 double-hung wooden sash.
The Cranberry and Blueberry Museum is an ongoing project at Whitesbog to document the history of New Jersey agriculture, and the people who lived it.
We are always looking for more artifacts for our exibits: