Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey

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Washington Township is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 47,114. The United States Census Bureau estimated that by 2006, the population had grown to 51,827.[2]

In 2008, CNN/Money and Money Magazine ranked Washington Township 58th on its list of the 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States.

Turnersville is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Washington Township.

Washington Township was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 17, 1836, from portions of Deptford Township. The Township officially moved to the newly created Camden County on March 13, 1844. Monroe Township was created on March 3, 1859, from part of the township. Most of Washington Township, along with all of Monroe Township, was moved back into Gloucester County on February 28, 1871, with the remaining portions of Washington Township that were still in Camden County being transferred to Gloucester Township. Additional transfers to Gloucester Township were made in 1926 and 1931.[6]

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History

The oldest community in Washington Township, Grenloch Terrace, was a thriving Lenni Lenape Native American village called Tetamekon. Some of the early settlers to the area were the Collins family of Chestnut Ridge Farm, for whom Chestnut Ridge Middle School is named after; the Turner family, for whom Turnersville was named; the Hurff family, for whom the census designation Hurffville and Hurffville Elementary School are named; the Heritage family, whose family began the Heritage's Dairy Farm Stores, and for whom the community Heritage Valley is named; the Morgan family, who were the first residents of the Olde Stone House, a landmark for residents of the Township; and the Bell Family, who arrived in 1899, turning the 139-year-old grist mill into General Mills, Inc., and for whom Bells Lake Park and Bells Elementary School are named. The mill, located at Bells Lake Park, was destroyed by fire in 1963.Sewell, New Jersey, is named after General William Sewell, who served as the New Jersey state Senator in 1881 and 1895, as well as president of the New Jersey Senate in 1876, 1879 and 1880.[7]

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