Vineland Historical

and Antiquarian Society

     The oldest local historical society in New Jersey, founded in 1864.  

Dr. Robert Schuyler of the University of Pennsylvania recently offered a presentation on Vineland's past to a packed house at the museum. Between 2001 and 2011, Schuyler and his students conducted archaeological "digs" on the grounds of the museum and uncovered a variety of material that offered insight into the lives of early residents. He noted that Vineland was selected for the work because it was considered a typical mid-19th century American community. After the town was established in 1861, it not only nurtured business, industry and agriculture, but welcomed new ideas such as women's suffrage, abolition of slavery, and public education.


July 1 through August 28

The Society will participate in “A Race Through Time,” an event designed to share appreciation of Cumberland County’s rich heritage from the days of the Lenni Lenape through World War II.

August 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Open House returns! The grounds of the museum will be filled will music, crafts demonstrations and more, while the museum itself will be open free of charge for tours.


Board president Ruth Shropshire recently cut the ribbon to officially open the ramp that now graces the front of the Society's museum. She is shown here surrounded by her fellow board members, volunteers, and our friends from the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce. Although physically-challenged visitors still will not be able to climb to the second floor of the museum, the Society has created a Power Point presentation of the upstairs exhibit galleries that showcases the people and places of Vineland and South Jersey. While we are thrilled to have the ramp completed, there is still more work to be done on the museum's exterior. Our friends at Aliano Brothers have undertaken the task of repairing the cornice that runs around the top of the museum, and the work is coming along beautifully!


The Society's museum at 108 S. Seventh Street is open for public tours on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. There is a $1 per person admission charge for people over 12 years of age. The Society welcomes serious researchers who may need assistance with genealogy, term papers, books or other projects, however, researchers are admitted by appointment only. Please call or e-mail at least one week in advance so that we can determine if we have the resources to help you. There is a $10 charge for non-members to use the research library, plus additional costs for photocopies.


The Society needs your assistance to make repairs to the tin ceiling on the second floor of the museum. So far, we have raised some funds from a number of area residents but we still need additional help to pay for restoration/repairs.

Just click the "Donate" button and share what you can. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.Thank you!