Introduction to Palmyra, New Jersey
The community of Palmyra was settled by the Swedes in the late seventeenth century and marked New Sweden's northernmost border. The third generation settlers built a farmhouse in 1761, which is the oldest house in Palmyra. With the construction of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in 1834, the area began to develop as the railroad workers built their houses there. The town was named by a stockholder of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, Isaiah Toy. He convinced the officials to name the community "Palmyra" after the ancient city in central Syria. Palmyra was officially incorporated as a borough in 1923.
Palmyra and Nearby Attractions
- Alice Paul Birthplace
- New Jersey State Aquarium
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
- Esther M. Klein Art Gallery
- Tyler State Park
Things To Do In Palmyra
There are numerous historic sites nearby including the Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the Walt Whitman House, Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site and Kuser Farm Mansion, all of which have antiquities on display. Parks like Independence National Historical Park, Fort Washington State Park, Tyler State Park and Evansburg State Park offer provisions for recreational activities. The New Jersey State Aquarium, Camden Children's Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo and Adventure Aquarium have a number of species of flora and fauna on public display.
Philadelphia International Airport is located nearby.
Palmyra Higher Education
Nearby universities include Temple University, Philadelphia University and La Salle University.