Historical Markers in
Camden County, New Jersey

A Tribute to Audubon's Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Albertson Memorial Drinking Fountain Alfred Eastlack Driscoll American Merchant Marine Memorial Ashbrook's Burial Ground Barclay Farmstead Barrington Airport Bascom S. Waugh, MD Bataan Death March Memorial Battleship New Jersey Benjamin Franklin Bridge Benjamin Franklin Bridge Berlin Berlin Hotel Berlin Post Office 1894 Berlin Railroad Station Borough of Magnolia Veterans Memorial Camden Civil War Memorial Campbell Soup Company Champion School Cherry Hill Monument Churches Colestown Cemetery Cooper's Ferry Crystal Lake Daniel Cooper Ferry Hotel Early Education in Magnolia Edward Sharpe House Enslaved Africans Once Sold Here Eyewitness to History Families in Magnolia Free Wheel Freedom Summer Memorial Gabreil Daveis Tavern Garnets Armed Forces Memorial General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Glover Fulling Mill & Kings Run Guard House Haddon Heights and the Railroad Haddon Heights and the White Horse Pike Haddon Heights Veterans Memorial Hadrosaurus Foulkii Hadrosaurus foulkii Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile Hessian Army during the Revolutionary War Historic Berlin Cemetery Historic Haddon Heights Historic Haddonfield Holocaust Memorial In Memory of Elizabeth Haddon In Memory Of Norman F. Hoff Indian King Tavern Indian King Tavern State Historic Site (NR) Jarena Lee Joel Bodine House Jonas Cattell Jose P. Rizal King’s Road / Chew’s Landing Road Korean War Memorial L-3 Communications Lawnside World War I Memorial Lewis L. Coriell, MD, PhD Lieut. Warren Stafford, Jr. M2 Browning Magnolia Station New Jersey Building Old Grove School Old Newton Friends Burial Ground Old Salem Road Olde Town Hall Polish American Congress POW ★ MIA Railroad Stations of Magnolia Raoul Wallenberg Reeves-Glover House Roll of Honor Roll of Honor Ronald M. Mayercik Memorial Route 30/130 Cooper River Bridge: A Component of the Cooper River Park Saddlertown Saddler’s Woods Samuel Coles Side View Turret #1 South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church Stout House The Atlantic City Railroad The Campbell Kids The Chew Powell House The Cooper Family The Haddon Heights "Log Cabin" The Hadrosaurus foulkii Sculpture The Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm The Outbuildings at Croft Farm The Story of the Peter Mott House The Victor This Old Home Ulysses S. Wiggins Park USS New Jersey Aircraft USS New Jersey Marine Detachments USS New Jersey Propeller Veteran's Island Vietnam War Memorial Vietnam War Memorial Walt Whitman Walt Whitman Whitman-Stafford House World War II Memorial
New Jersey was one of the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. It was the third state to ratify the United States Constitution, on December 18, 1787.
Camden County, New Jersey has a rich history dating back to its early settlement in the 17th century. Originally inhabited by Lenape Native Americans, the area was first explored by European settlers in the early 1600s. In 1681, William Cooper purchased land from the Lenape and established a settlement called Cooper's Ferry, which would later become known as Camden. Camden County was officially established in 1844, named after Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, an influential English jurist.

During the 19th century, Camden County became a major industrial hub due to its location on the Delaware River. The county experienced significant growth as industries flourished, such as shipping, manufacturing, and transportation. The Camden and Amboy Railroad, established in 1830, played a key role in the county's development, connecting Camden to Philadelphia and further fueling economic growth.

In the 20th century, Camden County faced both successes and challenges. The construction of the world-renowned Benjamin Franklin Bridge in 1926 bolstered the county's connections to Philadelphia and served as a symbol of progress. However, like many industrial areas, Camden County also experienced economic decline and urban decay in the mid-20th century due to the shift of industries and suburbanization.

In recent years, Camden County has undergone a revitalization process and focused on urban renewal efforts. The county has invested in education, recreation, and healthcare initiatives to improve the quality of life for its residents. Additionally, Camden's waterfront has been transformed into an area of commercial and residential development, attracting new businesses and visitors to the county. Overall, Camden County's history is a tale of growth, challenges, and ongoing efforts to adapt and thrive in a changing world.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Camden County, New Jersey.

  • 1705: Camden County, NJ was founded as a county in the Province of West Jersey.
  • 1726: The first road, known as Kings Highway, was constructed in the county.
  • 1801: The bustling Camden and Amboy Railroad was established, promoting growth in the county.
  • 1844: The City of Camden was incorporated, becoming the county seat.
  • 1854: The county's first public school was established, providing education for local children.
  • 1901: The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, connecting Camden County to Philadelphia, was opened.
  • 1941: The famous Campbell Soup Company relocated its headquarters to Camden County.
  • 1955: The Walt Whitman Bridge opened, further connecting the county to Philadelphia.
  • 2001: The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial was established in Camden County.