Winslow Township, New Jersey

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Winslow Township is a Township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 34,611.

Winslow Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1845, from portions of Gloucester Township. Portions of the township were taken on November 26, 1867, to create Chesilhurst. In 1950, the township annexed a portion of Monroe Township (in Gloucester County).[7]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 58.1 square miles (150.5 km²), of which, 57.7 square miles (149.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (0.69%) is water.

Winslow borders Berlin Borough, Chesilhurst, Gloucester Township, Pine Hill, and Waterford Township. Winslow also borders Atlantic County and Gloucester County.

The Blue Hole is a body of water in the middle of woods that is clear blue and always cold, even in the summer, with a very steep shoreline and a maximum depth of approximately 70 feet (21 m).

Demographics

Winslow Township New Jersey is Camden Countys largest municipality at 58 square miles (150 km2). The township got its name from the son of a 19th century glass factor owner . William Coffin Sr.named the township after his son, Edward Winslow Coffin. Winslow Township was incorporated in 1845 from the Township of Gloucester. The townships very first meeting was held at Josiah Albertson's Blue Anchor Inn which was located on what is now Route 73 in the vicinity of St Lucy's Church. (Winslow Township Historical Society). As of 2006 eighty percent of the township currently sits in the Pinelands National Reserve, thus restricting future land development. Despite the restriction of development on the reserve agricultural areas still persist in Winslow, between the settlements of Ancora, Blue Anchor, Braddock, Cedar Brook, Elm, New Freedom, Sicklerville, Tansboro and Williamstown Junction. During its early years Winslow was known for its thriving glass business which developed as a result of the townships abundant resources of timber clay and Sand. "Encyclopedia of New Jersey". At the start of the 20th century the glass industry died throughout Winslow. During the early 20th Century Winslows population continued to grow until it peaked at a small 11,000 residents by the 1970s. During this time period the majority of Winslow residents were farmers. In 1965 Winslow township started to see an increase in population as the Atlantic City Expressway was finally completed with an interchange in Winslow at Williamstown Road.The proximity of the interchange drew developers towards the Sicklerville section of the township, where Levitt and Sons Incorporated would build thousands of homes throughout the 1970s. Between 1970 and 1980 Winslow's population nearly doubled to 20,000 residents. As of 2010 the township had approximately 40,000 residents residing there. As the township continued to grow into all American community, sentiment among the locals emerged over fighting for a K-12 school district of their own that was that would allow them to break off from the Lower Camden County Regional School District. The first of three attempts at severing its ties with the Lower Camden County Regional School district occurred in 1977. Voters in Winslow Township rejected all three measures. Winslow Township residents would have to wait until 1998 when Winslow Township broke off from the lower Camden County Regional School District , creating the Edgewood (later renamed Winslow) middle and high schools in 2001 to accompany the previously existing K-6 operation.

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