Although small in population and omitted from most New Jersey maps, the village of Seabrook represents a unique and important part of the heritage of Upper Deerfield Township, of New Jersey, and, indeed, of the United States. The settlement history of Seabrook produced a place of remarkable cultural diversity. Whether brought together by the ravages of war, the quest for economic betterment, or the spirit of adventure, Seabrook represents a historically unique meeting of culturally diverse people in rural America- relocated Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians from the U.S. internment camps, wartime refugees from Europe, migrant laborers from Appalachia, the Deep South, and the Caribbean. Seabrook was the authentic “global, bootstrap village” where people of many cultures and adversities lived and worked together, learned of and from one other, and greatly benefited. Exhibits, Lectures and Customized Programs for Grades K-12. Seabrook was called “The biggest vegetable factory on earth” by Life Magazine in 1955. As a major supplier of food for the military during World War II, it brought as many as 25 different ethnic groups from internment and refugee camps from around the world to fill the labor shortage.
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