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4/7/2013 - Author and Book Signing at the Library


An author talk and signing by Charles Harrison will take place at the Cumberland County Library on April 6 at 1 p.m.  Mr. Harrison has written a book, Cumberland County, New Jersey:265 Years of History.

Situated along the Delaware Bay and first inhabited by the Lenape Indians, Cumberland County has a rich agricultural and industrial history. After the Revolution, Swedish, Danish and English immigrants were soon joined by others from across Europe and around the world. The Cohansey and Maurice Rivers flow through the county, uniting its cities and towns. They have distinguished histories of their own—Greenwich was a major port of entry in colonial America; Port Norris was the “oyster capital of the world” in the 1800s; and Seabrook Farms was the country’s biggest vegetable factory. In 2013, the county celebrates its 265th anniversary. Join the people of Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and the rest of Cumberland County to explore the stories from its past.


In addition to writing this history of Cumberland County, Charles H. Harrison has written the books Salem County: A Story of People (The History Press), Growing a Global Village: The Story of Seabrook Farms (Holmes & Meier) and Tending the Garden State (Rutgers University Press). He also has written a number of articles about New Jersey and its people for such magazines as Trailer Life, Planning, New Jersey Monthly and South Jersey. Harrison and his wife reside in a 150-year-old house in Woodstown. Original photographs for this book were taken by Stephan A. Harrison of Pitman. Stephan was a photographer for Today’s Sunbeam in Salem County.


Cumberland County Library is located at 800 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton.

Call 856-453-2210 Ext. 101.