More about the Nail House

and what makes it important to

Bridgeton Placemaking

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Preservation Plan 
for 
THE CUMBERLAND NAIL AND IRON COMPANY OFFICE 
MAYOR AIKEN DRIVE 
BRIDGETON, NJ 08302 
Prepared for the 
CITY OF BRIDGETON 
181 EAST COMMERCE STREET 
BRIDGETON, NEW JERSEY 08302 
Funded by a grant from the 
GARDEN STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND 
administered by the 
NEW JERSEY HISTORIC TRUST 
and by the 
CITY OF BRIDGETON 












Prepared by 
WATSON &HENRY ASSOCIATES 

Bridgeton, New Jersey 
Project 10-010 
FINAL COPY 
JULY 2013 
Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA Penelope S. Watson, AIA 
NJ PE#25633 NJ RA#11115 NJ RA#10019 NailHouse_Crowdfunding_Project_files/Nail%20Office%20Preservation%20Plan%20July%202013-3.pdf

Left: A DRAFT version of a crowdsourcing Picture Book that crunches down the BIG story of the little Nail House to its basic message--linking it to America’s and New Jersey’s earliest start-up industrial development. It’s our way of sharing this story with you, but also encouraging YOU to share it too--with your friends, your kids, your grandkids--everyone--big, little...and, yes, even huge! ... and asking you to help us tell it to a new generation of visitors, right here in the Nail House itself, as we link history, tourism and economic development.

    OH, and by the way, besides working to improve this little book, we’re also reaching out to a skilled student in Public History (or a children’s book author with a generous spirit) to create a REAL children’s book--one that will tell more of Bridgeton’s hidden “maker” history and open up a whole vein of back-stories about  work (and play) in America!


Want a real copy of your own? Send us an email and we’ll tell you how to claim your FIRST EDITION as soon as it’s ready!

Will be available in ENGLISH and SPANISH.

RIGHT: Want to drill down to the nitty-gritty documentary and structural history. of this big little place?

Penny Watson’s historical narrative  forms part of a full-scale Preservation Plan (2013) for the structure, a study by Watson & Henry funded by the New Jersey Historic Trust via a grant CHABA applied for when we were just getting underway in 2011. and now the basis of our fundraising and restoration planning.

Drill down to the amazing illustrations too!

... a treasure of  

context and information!



Press release on Capital Award for Restoration from NJ Historic Trust NailHouse_Crowdfunding_Project_files/Press%20Release%20Capital%20Grant%202017.pdf