CHPS News And Events


Sunday, April 20, 2PM - Historic Cranbury Walking Tour
leaves from Cranbury Museum. Tours will also be given on May 18, June 15, June 22 and July 6. For reservations, please call tour guide Richard Moody at 609-651-0693.

Friday, April 25, 6:30PM - Pot Luck Supper meeting at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Meghan Wren will present a program on NJ’s tall ship, the AJ Meerwald, and the history of the Delaware Bay. Please bring your place setting and a dish to share.

Sunday, April 27, 1-4PM - “At Long Last…Summer” exhibit opens at Cranbury Museum and will run through August.

Wednesday, May 7, 10AM - Please join us at the History Center for the first planning meeting for Cranbury Wassail, scheduled for December 13, 2014.

Monday, June 9, 7PM - First Presbyterian Church Brass Band concert at the Parsonage Barn on Cranbury Neck Road. Please bring a chair or blanket.

Thursday, June 19, 6-8PM - “Almost Summer” Fundraiser at Gil & Bert’s. Please stop by for ice cream served by CHPS Board members!

Saturday, July 12, 9:45AM - Begin in Cranbury and travel to Monmouth Battlefield for a tour. For information and reservations, please call Richard Moody at 609-651-0693.

Saturday, September 6. - Please stop by the CHPS table on Cranbury Day to purchase special Cranbury gift items, NJ 350th Anniversary Celebration tickets, Cranbury Wassail tickets and to order fall plants.

Saturday, November 15. - CHPS hosts a celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary with dinner and dancing at the Cranbury Inn. Our speaker will be NJ author, Linda Barth. Tickets will be sold at the CHPS table on Cranbury Day.

Sunday, December 7, 1-4PM - Christmas Tea at Cranbury Museum.

Saturday, December 13 - Cranbury Wassail tour of homes decorated for the holidays. Refreshments and some characters from New Jersey’s history are part of this popular event. Tickets will be sold at the CHPS table on Cranbury Day.

Cranbury Author, John Chambers, wins 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit

NASHVILLE, TN — June 2013 — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that John Whiteclay Chambers II is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for his book, “Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present” (Rutgers University Press, 2012). The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement of outstanding state and local history.

​A Rutgers history professor and Cranbury resident, Chambers wrote the book for Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., a local preservationist organization. While providing an in-depth history of Cranbury since 1697, he also placed the town’s development in the context of major trends in the history of New Jersey and the nation. In dealing with the town’s historic preservation and balanced economic growth in recent years, Chambers showed how local people influenced their community’s future through effective activity. The AASLH Award affirmed that the book was “an inspiring model for writing local history.”

​Since its publication in the spring of 2012, the book has been enthusiastically received in the community, helping to generate a groundswell of interest in the town’s past and in local history. It was featured in several talks and newspaper and magazine articles. The Cranbury Museum sponsored a prize-winning float assembled by local students and the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society added new historic markers and is updated its Village Walking Tour.

​Most extensively, with a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Cranbury Public Library instituted a far-reaching program, “One Book, One Cranbury,” in 2012-2013 that included lectures, reading groups, exhibits, historic tours and even a scavenger hunt, all related to the town’s history.

​This spring, Chambers and Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., deposited copies of a expanded “Reference Edition” of the book, an unabridged, bound, typescript containing additional text, plus 600 extensive endnotes and a bibliography of 400 sources, at the Cranbury’s public library, town hall, museum and history center, as well as at the Rutgers University Library, New Jersey Historical Society Library, and the New Jersey State Library and Archives.

​The awards program of the AASLH, a national organization with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the AASLH to be held September 20, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cranbury, The Book

Have you purchased the book, Cranbury, A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present ? The hardcover book with 272 pages and 50 illustrations, was written by Cranbury resident and Rutgers history professor, John Chambers, and is available for $29.95 at the Cranbury History Center, open Thursday 10:30AM -1:30PM; Cranbury Museum, open Sunday, 1-4PM, at Cranbury Public Library; or by calling Audrey Smith at 609-655-5361. It can be mailed to you if you send a check for $35.00 to:

CHPS Book Order
6 South Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

The book, a project of Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., has been very well received since it was made available in May. Author John Chambers was recognized for his contribution to Cranbury with a resolution from the Township Committee at their meeting on June 11.

Cranbury Township Flag

Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society designed a flag that was approved as the official flag of Cranbury Township. The 2' X 3' flag, on sale for $35.00, features the Cranbury Township seal on both sides against a cranberry background. If you would like to purchase a flag, please visit the Cranbury History Center on Thursday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. or the Cranbury Museum on Sunday, 1-4 p.m. A limited number of flags are available, so don't wait too long to purchase yours.

Request for Photos
Roi Taylor has the following request:

I would like to post a request from the people out there for any copies of photos of Cranbury's Second Presbyterian Church, Parsonage and the first Session House. Early photos of the church before the steeple was added, interiors and of ministers if photos exist. The 2nd Presbyterian Church was demolished about 1935. The Session House was removed in 1869 and replaced with a chapel known as Westminster House. 

Please contact Roi at the History Center if you can help.

Request for Information
Roi Taylor has the following request:

The History Center is seeking military information on:
Major James Sutphin
died April 23, 1871 - age 82

His age at death suggests he may have served in the War of 1812 -
His grave in the Presbyterian Church needs recognition of his service with a marker and flag.
He was possibly from Monroe Township - South Brunswick or Cranbury, NJ

Please contact Roi at the History Center if you can help.

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