Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey

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Cherry Hill is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of 2009, the township had an estimated population of 70,846 and was ranked as the tenth-largest municipality in New Jersey by population.

Cherry Hill is in the Delaware Valley coastal plain about five miles (8 km) southeast of Philadelphia. Cherry Hill is considered an edge city of Philadelphia.[6] As a center for commercial, light industrial, residential and political life in the suburbs, Cherry Hill grew to regional prominence during the 1960s and 1970s as the economy and population of nearby Camden rapidly declined.

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History

The area now known as Cherry Hill was originally settled by the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans who coexisted peacefully with the first settlers from England, Quaker followers of William Penn who arrived in the late 17th century.[7] The first settlement was a small cluster of homes named Colestown, in the perimeters of what is now the Colestown Cemetery on the corner of Route 41 (King's Highway) and Church Road. The municipality was founded on February 25, 1844, in Gloucester County as Delaware Township from half of the area of Waterford Township, and became part of Camden County at its creation some two weeks later on March 13, 1844.[8] At its territorial peak, Delaware Township was composed of modern-day North Camden, present-day Cherry Hill, Merchantville, and Pennsauken (including Petty's Island in the Delaware River).

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