The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society recently transported to its property the remains of one of the gazebos that graced the front lawn of the former Vineland Training School. Although badly damaged, the Society’s board of trustees is optimistic that the structure can be restored.
“We are hoping that local residents will assist us with donations of money, supplies or labor,” said VHAS Board President Valerie Neuber. “Despite its condition, we felt it was important to save this small piece of the Training School.”
The Vineland Training School was founded in 1888 by Reverend S.O. Garrison. During its years of operation on East Landis Avenue, it conducted extensive research in the field of mental studies. One of its most famous residents was Carol Buck, the daughter of famed author Pearl S. Buck. In 2021, the 150-acre property was purchased by Prime Rock Realty, which is converting most of the site into homes and professional offices.
The gazebo once covered one of the pumps that was used to supply water to the school. It was the larger of two structures that once sat at the front of the Training School property.
Anyone interested in assisting the Society with their efforts to restore the gazebo, which will remain situated on the museum grounds, is welcome to contact the Society at 856-691-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.