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Originally known as Mansfield Township’s High Banks section, the township of Florence incorporated in 1872. The early farming community was laid out in 1850 by the Florence City Company. It then became a resort area for Philadelphia’s elite, who traveled upriver by steamboat or by train on the Camden and Amboy division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The early population was largely Irish, coming to work in the Florence Iron Works, established in 1857. Originally the Jones Foundry, the ironworks produced cast-iron pipe, Mathews fire hydrants, and cylinders for Baldwin locomotives. The foundry is still operating and has been a mainstay of the community for nearly one hundred fifty years.
ISBN: 9780738512952
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Judith Wilson King, chairman of the Florence Historical Society Book Committee, explores the township’s past in Florence. As president and incorporator of the Florence Historical Society, King has amassed a collection of artifacts and printed and photographic material on the area’s history, which she has paired with historical information from research and interviews to create this exceptional history of Florence.
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