Introduction to Deptford, New Jersey
Deptford, New Jersey, in Gloucester county, is 3 miles SW of Gloucester, New Jersey and 9 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is part of the Philadelphia metropolitan statistical area. About 26,763 people live in Deptford.
Deptford was founded by Dutch settlers in 1623, and established as a township in June 1695. It was officially incorporated in February of 1798, named after a town in Kentshire, England. The township is famous for being the site where the first hot air balloon landed in North America.
Deptford and nearby Attractions
- Rancocas State Park
- Indian King Tavern Museum
- Benjamin Clark House
- Independence National Historical Park
- New Jersey State Aquarium
- Camden Children's Garden
Things To Do In Deptford
Deptford is famous for the Deptford Mall, which is said to be the seventh largest shopping mall in New Jersey. The Salem County Historical Society Museum, the Historic Basto Village, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Mint and the Historic Basto Village are all accessible from Deptford. Parks offering swimming, hiking, boating and fishing opportunities include Ridley Creek State Park, Neshaminy State Park and Independence National Historical Park.
Philadelphia International is the nearest major airport.
Deptford Higher Education
Gloucester County College and Camden County College are the local colleges.