Introduction to Gloucester, New Jersey
Gloucester, New Jersey, in Camden county, is 6 miles SE of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's situated in the southern portion of the state. The township is a sprawling suburban area and is included in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The Big Timber Creek traverses through Gloucester. Glendora, Blackwood and Erial are unincorporated areas in the township.
Gloucester is home to the nationally known corporations U.S.Vision and Metrologic. Banking, printing and publishing, healthcare and retail are some of the important factors for the economy.
Between 1626 and 1630 Dutch fur traders made transactions with the Lenape Indians. The township was included in the Old Gloucester County. The town was named in tribute to Gloucester, England and was incorporated in 1695. The Gabriel Davies Tavern House was also known as Hillman Hospital House after George Washington designated the tavern as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. During the 1920's and 1930's the township included several mills which produced women's hosiery. A building boom began in 1964.
- Gabriel Davies Tavern House is a pre-Revolutionary War building and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Marquadant-Johnson Farm House.
- Chew-Powell House was built by one of the first settlers in Gloucester and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Movie Night in the Park.
- National Night Out.
- Red Bank Battlefield.
- Whitall House.
- Solomon Wesley Methodist Church is a notable historic structure.
Residents can enjoy the entertainment and professional sports teams located in nearby Philadelphia. The New Jersey beaches are close by. The lakes and mountains of the scenic Poconos offer outdoor recreation activities. The township includes a vast amount of open space for recreational opportunities and features two golf courses. The local recreation building is a popular venue and is utilized for indoor soccer and other sports.
Gloucester Higher Education
The city is served by Camden County College. It's a two-year college and offers education in engineering, science, business administration, allied health and other subjects. Rutgers University and Rowan University are nearby.
New Jersey Transit provides bus service to Philadelphia.