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Settled in 1682 by Quakers, Moorestown grew quickly into an important agricultural and social hub. Local farms and nurseries were considered the best in the state with their superior produce and specimen plants, and the coming of the railroad in the 1860s brought industrial leaders who helped the town to grow and prosper beyond its agrarian roots. It became the home of Eldridge R. Johnson, cofounder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and Alice Paul, a women's suffrage champion. Moorestown provided easy access to New York City and surrounding urban centers, and it continued to be a mix of sought-after residential neighborhoods, working farms, and thriving businesses. Since 1904, the Moorestown Improvement Association has been instrumental in the town's growth, with contributions including funding the first artesian well, purchasing land for the first parks and athletic fields, and registering the town in the National Register of Historic Places.
ISBN: 9781467122344
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA, a Moorestown resident and architect, is very active in the American Institute of Architects. Lynne F. Schill is a lifelong resident of the Moorestown area. Both share an interest in historic preservation and are trustees of the Moorestown Improvement Association. Historical photographs included in this book are from the collections of the Moorestown Improvement Association and the Historical Society of Moorestown as well as from several private collections.
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