Joan Berkey is an architectural historian with more than 40 years of experience working with historic buildings and districts, most of them in southern New Jersey. Her area of expertise is writing nominations to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and her subjects have included schoolhouses, taverns, a Coast Guard station, a WWII torpedo bomber, a Coast Guard boat, churches, an octagonal poultry house, several districts, and many, many houses. She also does house histories, furnishings and interpretations plans, and other consulting work for a variety of public and private clients that include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, various municipalities, and numerous historical societies. She is the author of seven books, two of which are scholarly examinations of the ca. 1690-1730 heavy timber frame buildings in Cape May and Cumberland counties. Joan lives in a ca. 1790 farmhouse in Cape May County that she and her husband restored.