Wheaton Village


Wheaton Village is a 60-acre re-creation of a late 19th-century glassmaking community. The highlight is the Museum of American Glass, the largest museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of glass made in the U.S. More than 6,500 pieces from the museum's permanent collection are displayed in the building, which is modeled after one of Cape May's elegant Victorian era hotels. Objects are exhibited chronologically, including glass items used in engineering and scientific applications. The earliest piece is from the Wistarburgh Glassworks, America's first successful glass factory, which opened in 1739 in Alloway Township, N.J.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Millville began as a river port, but with the discovery of silica sand, the town soon became a glass-making center. By the end of the 19th century, the only U.S. city producing more glassware than Millville was Pittsburgh.
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