Wenonah, New Jersey

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Wenonah is a Borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,317. It is located approximately 10 miles south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wenonah was established as a Borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1883, from portions of Deptford Township, based on the results of a referendum that was held two days earlier.[6]

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History

Wenonah was founded in 1871 by Philadelphia businessmen as a country resort. Its location along the Mantua Creek and on the West Jersey Railroad made it a convenient get-away.[7][8] Over the next 40 years, numerous dams were installed to create recreational lakes. From 1902 until the Great Depression, Wenonah Military Academy, a private military school, trained cadets there.[9][10][11]

Throughout its history, Wenonah has been almost exclusively a residential area. Over 22% of the borough's area is conservation land, which is protected by ordinance from development.[12] Over six miles of hiking trails are threaded around lakes and alongside waterways in these conserved areas.[13]

Wenonah is a close-knit community with holiday events every season. Halloween brings the Wenonah Police Station to set up their "Halloween in the Park" - a display of blow-up Halloween themed lit decorations. Christmas means the Tree Lighting celebration in the park in the center of town. The grade school children sing, there are cookies and hot chocolate, and live music is played until a countdown to the official lighting of the town's tree for the season. Fourth of July means a multitude of activities from a parade to fire truck rides to boat races. The Wenonah parade is famous around the area and has been declared by travel magazines as one of the top ten small town Fourth of July parades.

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