Introduction to Stratford, New Jersey
Stratford was originally known as White Horse. The community was established on June 1, 1695, initially consisting of only nine homes. It grew to comprise a blacksmith shop, a general store, and a wheelwright shop. During the Revolutionary War, patriots in the area built small, fast sea vessels known as Privateers. White Horse Pike was laid in the area in 1807, and increasing stagecoach service brought business into the region. The Camden and Atlantic Railroad entered the community in the mid 1800s, leading to an increase in the town’s population. The community was named after Stratford, England. It was officially incorporated on February 13, 1925.
Stratford and nearby Attractions
- Indian King Tavern Museum
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
- Rancocas State Park
- New Jersey State Aquarium
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Independence National Historical Park
Things To Do In Stratford
The Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, which was built in the late 17th century, houses the oldest church in Pennsylvania and is accessible from Stratford. The Barclay Farmstead Museum features a 19th century farmstead complete with a farmhouse, gardens and trails. Independence National Historical Park, which is home to Independence Hall, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and the Liberty Bell, is a popular attraction in the area. The Philadelphia Zoo, the New Jersey State Aquarium and the Camden Children's Garden are all accessible from Stratford as well.
Air transportation is available from Philadelphia International Airport.
Stratford Higher Education
Rutgers University-Camden, Camden County College, and Rowan University are some of the colleges and universities near Stratford.