Port Norris NJ
Port Norris NJ
Port Norris NJ

Community Activities

This is a community service, Port Norris Historical Society is not responsible for any of the following events. We do our best to keep up to date information, however all dates and prices are subject to change with each venue, please check with each listing for any changes.


Next PNHS Meeting
No July Meeting
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Regular meeting at 7:00 pm
1723 Main Street, Port Norris


Second Fridays By The Bay
Cumberland County’s only waterfront Friday night option
Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St, Port Norris, NJ 08349
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Potter’s Tavern to be Open July 4th

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY by visiting the historic Potter’s Tavern on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. You are invited to stop in and tour the Tavern between the hours of 1 to 4 P.M. It is located at 51 West Broad Street in Bridgeton (opposite the Cumberland County Court House) and is certified as a national landmark.

Tavern keeper, Matthew Potter, Jr. came to Bridgeton from Philadelphia and opened the tavern in 1773. It became a favorite meeting place for the local young men just before the Revolutionary War. Today, it is one of New Jersey’s most significant historical shrines and is an excellent example of the type of frame houses built in New Jersey during the 17th and 18th century. It was here that the Plain Dealer, Cumberland County’s pioneer newspaper, was published for the purpose of supporting the drive for American liberty from the Crown rule. The fact that Matthew Potter gave a home to the Plain Dealer placed him in personal danger, risking a charge of treason during this time. The distinguished historian, John T. Cunningham, said that the fact the Plain Dealer appeared every Tuesday morning probably made it New Jersey’s first regular “newspaper.”

There were sundry topics in this weekly manuscript that were contributed by members of a Bridgeton literary association. Some of the leading citizens who wrote articles included Dr. Jonathan Elmer, Dr. Lewis Howell, Richard Howell, Ebenezer Elmer, Joseph Bloomfield and Thomas Harris, Jr. (Note: Richard Howell and Joseph Bloomfield later became governors of New Jersey.)

If you have any questions, please call the office of the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580.



PO Box 16, 981 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, New Jersey 08323
Linda S. Hruza-Jones, President Office Phone: 856-455-8580
Email: Web:

Legends Awards 2018
Save the Date
Saturday, November 3. 12-4pm


Pencillings 1883  

Available for purchase

Port Norris Pencillings 1883
by Thomas F. Hollinger 

This book contains information provided from newspapers of the day published in Bridgeton, New Jersey. People called “local correspondents” would write down the “happenings” in the town then send it to the papers to publish.

Email us to order

Early Wood Architecture of Cumberland County, New Jersey

Available for purchase
The Cumberland County Historical Society
has a newly published book,
Early Wood Architecture of
Cumberland County, New Jersey

It was written by architectural historian,
Joan Berkey, and examines the earliest wooden buildings erected in Cumberland County. 

Download press release and how to order here



Our Neighbors

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The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is a non-profit organization whose mission is to motivate people to take care of the history, the culture and the environment of New Jersey's Bayshore region through education, preservation and example. BCB operates the authentically restored 1928 oyster schooner A.J. MEERWALD, New Jersey's official Tall Ship, as a hands-on sailing classroom throughout the region; and offers shore-based programs and events in her home port of Bivalve on the scenic Maurice River in Cumberland County.
Bayshore Center at Bivalve,
2800 High St, Port Norris, NJ 08349

Chamber By The Bay
The mission of the Chamber By The Bay is to provide leadership for a healthy and vibrant business environment and to encourage responsible economic growth. Commercial Township, NJ is comprised of Port Norris, Mauricetown, Haleyville and Laurel Lake.

Dividing Creek Historical Society Events
Union Hall

Robbinstown School Free Public Library
Main Street Port Norris NJ
Cindy Tawes ~ Librarian
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday 5:00 pm-7:30
Saturday 9:30am-12:00 noon


Watermen's Memorial
Contemplation ~ Reflection ~ Remember the Past ~ Envision the Future


The Port Norris
Historical Society
Zackery Toler
For Outstanding Efforts
in History for 2016-2017
Academic Year

at the Port Norris
Middle School
June 14, 2017

The Port Norris Historical Society
See Past Awards


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