East Greenwich Township

Gloucester County, New Jersey

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East Greenwich Municipal Offices are located at 159 Democrat Road, Mickleton NJ 08056.
Phone: 856‑423‑0654.

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East Greenwich Township [†] formed when an act was created by New Jersey Legislature on February 10, 1881 which merged a portion of Mantua Township and Greenwich Township into one township. The first Town Meeting was held March 8, 1881.

In 1881, the size of East Greenwich Township was said to be about 11.76 square miles; however, according to the United States Census Bureau, the township now has a total area of 14.92 square miles.

East Greenwich is primarily drained by the Mantua Creek, which forms the township's northern boundary line, and the Repaupo which is part of its southern boundary line. The other bodies of water are the Still Run, Nehansey Branch, and Clonmill Creek which are in or near the central part of the township, as does the Repaupo, running in a southwesterly direction, emptying into the Delaware River.

The Township includes an extensive network of roadways with its major roads being the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 295, Route 130, and County Road 551 as well as the Swedesboro and Woodbury Railroad, running nearly north and south through the township.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most recorded population of East Greenwich Township was 9,555. This reflects an increase of 4,125 from the previous 5,430 counted in the 2000 Census, which had increased by 172 from the previous 5,258 counted in the 1990 Census. The influx of residents in the past couple of decades has allowed the Township to build a stronger community along with extensive infrastructure.

East Greenwich Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections and may serve three-year terms on a staggered basis. During the township's annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

A notable landmark is the George Craft III House which was built around 1885 and was a temporary home of a Quaker author named Elizabeth Gray Vining who, in 1951 and 1952, wrote "Windows for the Crown Prince," while living in what is now the Craft house. The house was said to be built for George Craft II, heir to George Craft III and then created to be a tenant house.

Eglington Cemetery, which is located on King's Highway in Clarksboro, is the oldest official cemetery in the United States, with the land originally being set apait as a cemetery by John Eglington. Jeffery Clark and other members of the Clark family are buried there as well as many other founding families of the township.

The first schools to be developed in East Greenwich include The Friends School, the Clarksboro School, the Mickleton School and the Mount Royal School. Starting in January of 1810 classes were also held at the "Little Red Schoolhouse" on Harmony Road in Mickleton where it continued as a Friend's School from 1908 and then rented by the East Greenwich Township Board of Education for lower grades from 1910 until 1928. The original Clarksboro School was known to have existed in 1876. A public high school was built in Woodbury in 1911.

In 2006 East Greenwich celebrated its 125th anniversary. Important figures to note who were born in or were residents of the Township include Rachel Davis DuBois, an educator and human rights activist from the 20th century, George Gill Green, a patent medicine manufacturer, and I-lardy Richardson, a Major League baseball player playing for six major league teams in his lifetime.

† East Greenwich Township Planning Board, 2018 Master Plan Reexamination, 2018, www.eastgreenwichnj.com, accessed August, 2020.

Nearby Towns: Chester Twp • Greenwich Twp • Harrison Twp • Mantua Twp • National Park Boro • Norwood Boro • Paulsboro Boro • Prospect Park Boro • Ridley Park Boro • South Harrison Twp • Swedesboro Boro • Tinicum Twp • Wenonah Boro • West Deptford Twp • Woodbury City • Woodbury Heights Boro • Woolwich Twp •


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