A Historical Look at Newfield, NJ

The personal injury lawyers in Newfield, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group invite you to learn more about the neighborhood's history.


Newfield is a borough located in the southern region of Gloucester County in New Jersey. The 1113.6-acre area is to the west of Buena and north of Vineland. The main roadways that run through the town are West Boulevard Street, Catawba Avenue, Rosemont Avenue, and East Weymouth Road. 


The town was incorporated into a borough in 1924, taking land from Franklin Township. The name came from the area's status of being a new-field development. By the 1920s, the area consisted of the following businesses: 

  • Lowder’s Store
  • Beckett’s Pool Hall and Barbershop
  • Donnally’s Lunch Counter
  • Ferguson’s Baker Shop
  • Scarano’s and Dauito’s Barbershops
  • Matt Miller Hardware Store
  • Tyler’s Newsstand and confectionary

Major industrial businesses included McClellon’s Rug Mill, located on East Boulevard, and the Frank Morrell Rattan Furniture Mill located on Catawba Avenue. John O’Neil owned the rug mill. Adden Beckett’s Newfield Wood and Coal Company and the Fox Feed mill were also staples to the town's economy. 

The railroad helped to increase the town's population and kept the Hotel and Stage Coach Stop, located on Pearl and East Boulevard, busy. On the corner of Catawba and Church Street, the first schoolhouse was built in 1917, thanks to a donation from General Edgarton. Edgarton was a prominent landowner during the early years of the borough. Currently, the building is used by the Newfield Historical Society.


Within the town, tucked away on Pearl Street, is the Matchbox Road Museum. The museum displays over 50,000 pieces of Matchbox memorabilia, including concept cars, board games, and miniature models. Owned by Everett Marshall, who served as the town's former mayor and volunteer firefighter, the collection started as far back as 1980. Marshall owned a petroleum trucking company within the town, called Marshall Service, and was gifted a special edition Buick race-car model with his company logo and name on the hood. Retailers sold the customized car nationwide. Today the museum's sign displays the same model. 


According to the census of 2010, the borough's population was 1,553 and included 579 households and 453 families. This was a 3.9% decrease from 1,616 in 2000. The languages other than English spoken by the townspeople include Spanish and Polish. Some common ancestries that the residents identify as include:

  • Italian
  • Irish
  • German
  • English
  • Polish

The racial makeup of the town's residents was the following:

  • 94.66% white 
  • 2.19% African American
  • 6.57% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.32% Asian
  • 0.26% Native American
  • 0.00% Pacific Islander
  • 0.97% other races
  • 1.61% two or more races

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