The Commission was created by the
Board of Chosen Freeholders of the county of Warren in October 1972. It's
mission is to develop County programs in order to promote public interest in
local and county history, the arts, cultural values, goals, and traditions of
the community as well as the State and Nation.
In addition to arts programming, the Commission has been charged with the restoration/preservation of two major historic properties in the county - Shippen Manor and Oxford Furnace. The Manor has been restored and is currently open to the public on the first and third Saturdays of March to November from 1 - 4 p.m. Volunteers from The Friends of Shippen, a non-profit corporation formed to assist Commission operations, provide guided tours of the Manor. The Commission also works with various local historic societies and arts agencies by providing support for projects, planning assistance, and public relations.