Viewing the Past of Glassboro, NJ

The car accident lawyers in Glassboro, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group invite you to get to know the borough and its dynamic history.


The 5,990.4-acre borough is situated in the central region of Gloucester County in the state of New Jersey. Some of the neighboring communities include Pitman, Hardingville, Clayton, and Williamstown. High Street and Delsea Drive intersect in the center of the community. The Glassboro Wildlife Management Area is located in the southeastern section of the town. 


In 1805 a sea captain named Ebenezer Whitney arrived in the area. He had suffered an injury when his wine cargo wrecked off Cape May on his way to Philadelphia. The daughter of Thomas Heston nursed him back to health at the Heston Tavern. Whitney ended up marrying her a year later and remained in the community. He became a tavernkeeper and died in 1823. Three of his five sons worked in local glassworks, but it was Thomas, the elder son, who purchased the Harmony Glassworks in 1838 at the age of 24.

Thomas renamed the factory Whitney Brothers Glassworks. For 80 years, production boomed, allowing the company to become one of the nation's most best-equipped glass factories. During their height, they employed over 1000 workers and owned hundreds of houses for the workers. They also owned several thousands of acres of timber. By 1885 they filled 7.5 million warner's safe cure bottles. Many of the items produced at Whitney are sought out by collectors across the world, including flasks of the following shapes:

  • cabins
  • ears of corn
  • fish
  • Indian queens
  • pineapples


The community is home to the historical Hollybush Mansion, located on Summit Lane. The mansion was built in 1849 upon a 100-acre estate by Thomas Heston Whitney. Today the mansion is used by Rowan University as a museum and meeting place. 

The Heritage Glass Museum showcases many of the vintage glass artifacts. The museum fights to preserve the borough's history in glassworks and has many pieces over 200 years old. It offers the following exhibits for its visitors to enjoy:

  • Depression Glass
  • Demijohns
  • Historical Flasks
  • Farabella
  • Beacon
  • Workers' Tools
  • Handblown Glass


Rowan's University is located in the center of the borough. The university was founded in 1923 as a teacher prep college. It has expanded its programs to include:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs


The borough counted 18,579 residents, 6,158 households, and 3,972 families within its borders in 2010. This decreased 2.6% from 2000 following an increase of 22.1% from 1990 to 2000. A breakdown of the races within the population included the following:

  • 72.25% white
  • 7.42% Hispanic or Latino
  • 18.67% African American
  • 0.11% Native American
  • 0.05% Pacific Islander
  • 2.87% Asian
  • 2.92% two or more races
  • 3.12% other races

The community's median income was $54,795 per household in 2010 versus $44,992 in 2000. Men averaged an annual salary of $49,695, while women averaged $43,489. The top professions within the working class included the following:

  • 14.5% Administrative
  • 13.5% Sales and Related
  • 10.3% Education
  • 8.2% Management
  • 6.9% Food Service
  • 4.4% Business
  • 4.1% Personal Care

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