Browns Mills in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Elizabeth Coleman White
Women's Heritage Trail
Elizabeth White's interests did not end with the cultivation of the blueberry; she helped organize the New Jersey Blueberry Cooperative Association, was the first woman member of the American Cranberry Association, and became the first woman to receive a New Jersey Department of Agriculture citation for her outstanding contributions to New Jersey agriculture. White also formed her own corporation based upon the cultivation of ornamental plants such as the holly and Franklinia. She supported research concerning the teaching of disabled persons and became involved in founding a work-training school for the local population. In 1914, a report of the NJ Child Labor Committee singled White out for her concern for the health of the farm workers, whom she provided with nursing care. The report documented
In 1923, White built her home, naming it Suningive. She surrounded the house with native Pineland plants. In her later years, her garden of native plants became world-renowned. Today, White would be considered a consummate conservation gardener. Elizabeth Coleman White passed away in 1954, but her unsurpassed legacy lives on.
"A rare privilege has been mine to bring birth and assist in guiding the first steps of a horticultural industry..."
--Taming Blueberries (Program of the Garden Club of NJ; Presented via WOR, Trenton, 1937)
Historic Whitesbog Village is on the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail because of the innovative contributions of Horticulturist Elizabeth Coleman White.
The New Jersey Woman's Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey's past and present.
Erected 2008 by NJ Historic Trust/Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 57.621′ Touch for map. Marker is located in Historic Whitesbog Village in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Browns Mills NJ 08015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Million Dollar Resource (approx. 0.2 miles away); Whitesbog Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conservation and Environmental Studies Center, Inc. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Exploring the Pinelands (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated To Those Who Served (approx. 4 miles away); A Limited Resource (approx. 5.6 miles away); MacDonald Hall (approx. 7.1 miles away); 44th Infantry Division (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Browns Mills.
Also see . . .
1. Elizabeth Coleman White. (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.)
2. Whitebog Preservation Trust. (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.)
3. Library of Congress-Historic American Landscapes Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Women •
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