Woodlynne Borough

Camden County, New Jersey

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Woodlynne Borough Hall is located at 200 Cooper Avenue, Woodlynne, NJ 08107.
Phone: 856‑962‑8300.

Beginnings [1]

Woodlynne boomed in the first decade of this century as a bedroom community of Camden. The borough grew up around Cooper Mansion, the estate home of Joseph M. Cooper. Cooper Mansion was later used as the municipal hall, while its grounds were maintained for public recreation. The Scout Cabin was built behind the mansion, in an open field used for baseball games and bordered by row houses to the west and east. The field to the south was later developed with row houses. Cooper Mansion was demolished in the 1970's and replaced by a modern Borough Hall containing borough offices and the firehouse. The two buildings and the parking lot between comprise the municipal core, or town center, of Woodlynne.

The Scout Cabin and Municipal Hall are on a single block, the 200 block of Cooper Avenue, which is atypical to the grid of blocks which makes up the rest of the town. This central block, roughly 60' x 250', is bounded on both sides by East and West Cooper Avenue. The Cabin is located at the extreme south end of the block; the Municipal Hall is at the extreme north. The main door of the Cabin faces the Hall across an open area formerly used as the town park, but now occupied by a parking lot. The only other significant site feature is the "Cedar of Lebanon" tree, northwest of the Cabin, purportedly brought from the Holy Land and planted by Joseph M. Cooper behind his mansion.

  1. Donna Sink, Staff Architect, Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell and Associates, Woodlynne Log Cabin, Camden County, NJ, nomination document, 1997, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.

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