Old Bridgeton Nail House Gets $93K Grant, Mayor Envisions Welcome Center

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The 200-year-old Cumberland Nail and Iron Works Office, also known as the Nail House, has received a grant of approximately $93,000 from the New Jersey Historic Trust.

The City of Bridgeton partnered with the Center for Historic American Building Arts (CHABA), a non-profit organization that focuses on historic preservation within the city.

“Bridgeton is very fortunate to have partners like CHABA because they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and professionalism to the work of historic preservation,” said Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton.

“We are also fortunate to have the New Jersey Historic Trust providing critical resources and oversight to our projects. I look forward to the day we can open the Nail House and return it to its proper place in the community.”

The grant, as well as matching funding from Bridgeton will allow structural repairs to be done that were deemed needed in an engineering study started in 2015.

Bridgeton officials hope to have the Nail House open for visitors to come and experience Bridgeton's industrial past sometime in the near future.

“We’be made many improvements in our City Park and Cohanzick Zoo and having the Nail House — which sits at the entrance to the Park and Zoo — open to residents and visitors as a Welcome Center with display pieces, interactive activities, and even a retail component to help support the venue; this would be in keeping with our long-term plans,” Kelly said.

Watch: Main Street Minute - The Cohanzick Zoo 

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