Introduction to Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in Camden county, is 7 miles E of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cherry Hill is situated in a coastal plain in the Delaware Valley and is bordered by Pennsauken Creek and the Cooper River. Cherry Hill is home to the headquarters of Subaru of America, Commerce Bancorp and Pinnacle Foods.
It's known as an affluent city and is regarded as the economic center for South New Jersey. It includes a large number of luxury homes and numerous condominium communities. Several of the local schools have been recognized as "Star Schools" by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Cherry Hill History
The Lenni-Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. The Quakers from England established Colestown in the late 1600s. The name Cherry Hill was given to the township in 1961 by the citizens by a non-binding referendum. The name was taken from Abraham Browning's former farm named Cherry Hill. During the late 1800's the township was a thriving agricultural community which included flourishing gristmills and carriage producing businesses.
The farms in Cherry Hill grew a large amount of produce for the Campbell's Soup Company. Cherry Hill's agricultural production contributed to the nickname "The Garden State" for New Jersey. After the Great Depression developers purchased agricultural land in the Cherry Hill area and constructed the horse racetrack known as Garden State Park. Soon, luxury hotels were built near the popular racetrack. The township experienced substantial population and economic growth after World War II ended.
Cherry Hill Attractions
- Cherry Hill Mall is a major shopping center in the region and was the first enclosed shopping mall located on the East Coast.
- Historic Croft Farm includes a venue which features fine and performing arts
- The Wine Room offers courses and seminars in an attractive Tuscan Village type environment
- Barclay Farmstead Museum is an historic homestead and is included in the National Register of Historic Places and includes a blacksmith shop
- Garden State Discovery Museum
- Holocaust Education Center
- Haddonfield Symphony
Cherry Hill Higher Education
The city is home to a campus of the Camden County College.
Cherry Hill Transportation
The New Jersey Turnpike traverses through Cherry Hill. NJ Transit provides bus transportation to Philadelphia.