Wheaton Arts and More
Did You Know:
In less than 30 minutes you could enjoy and learn from a number of experiences right in Millville, New Jersey.
“Down in southern New Jersey they make glass. By day and by night, the fires burn on in Millville.” Carl Sandburg, 1904.
And the fires of excitement and learning are still burning at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center! (WACC). If someone like Carl Sandberg thinks highly of it, well that makes it a must see! WACC features many special exhibitions in addition to programs, workshops, weekend festivals (including the award-winning Festival of Fine Craft which runs throughout the year. There are daily glass blowing and art demonstrations as well.
Set on 45 beautifully wooded acres
The location is as lovely as the arts; set on 45 wooded acres. WACC is mostly known as the home of the Museum of American Glass, an international Creative Glass Fellowship Program: the largest of its kind in New Jersey. There’s a hot glass studio, several traditional craft studios, four museum stores, an event center and a beautiful pond-side picnic grove.
The Birth of an Industry
The Founding of an Industry
The American glass industry actually had its start in southern New Jersey. This was due to the availability of natural materials it required such as wood, sand, soda ash, and silica. In fact the nation’s earliest successful glass factory was founded in 1739 by Caspar Wistar in nearby Salem County. Many of the nation’s foremost glass factories operate in South Jersey.
In 1888, Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton, a pharmacist, began making his own pharmaceutical bottles in a glass factory in Millville. From this small start, today’s giant glass manufacturer, Wheaton USA (formerly Wheaton Industries, Inc.), has evolved.
In the early 1960’s, Dr. Wheaton’s grandson, Frank H. Wheaton, Jr., visited the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. He found that much of the glass created and produced in southern New Jersey was displayed in the museum. He felt strongly that these treasured museum pieces should be displayed in the areas in which they were produced…southern New Jersey.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (formerly Wheaton Village) became his passion. He located a collection of American glass from the Bucks County Glass Museum in Pennsylvania. This became the foundation for what is now the finest collection of American glass at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center where creativity abounds; the Center truly values the creative process, and engagement with the creative arts.
In addition to all of the many wonderful exhibits, demonstrations and other attractions throughout Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center offers special programs for students and adults. To find out more contact the center directly: 856-825-6800.
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