Getting to Know the Historic Smithville, NJ

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


The unincorporated community of Smithville is also a census-designated place or CDP. It is located in Galloway Township in the eastern section of Atlantic County, New Jersey. The community covers 3,235.2 acres and includes 34.56 acres of water. Other communities that help to form the township are Absecon Highlands, Brigantine Junction, Cologne Station, Johnsontown, Leeds Point, Oceanville, Pinehurst, and South Egg Harbor. 


The Smithville Inn was built in 1787 by James Baremore along a busy stagecoach route. By 1874 the inn had grown to six times its original size. Despite its success, the inn was abandoned at the beginning of the 1900s. Ethel and Fred Noyes purchased the inn in 1952. They restored the inn and opened it as a restaurant called Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light Restaurant and Tavern. In 1964 United States Department of the Interior proclaimed it as a historic landmark.

In the 1960s, the restaurant expanded the site into a historical village. Several historic buildings from around southern New Jersey were moved to the site, restored, and turned into shops and attractions. The Village Greene was formed in 1990 as the second part of the historic village, including:

  • stores
  • paddle boats
  • miniature golf
  • a carousel
  • an old-fashioned steam train

Some of the shops included in the quant village include:

  • Out of Ireland
  • Two Country Ducks
  • Fairest of Them All
  • Locket Closet Inspirations

The same company that constructed the historic village began construction on a planned development that was to include 6,800 condominiums. However, some legal issues reduced the number of units to 4,000, and a recession in 1991 halted development at 1,600 units. The company sold the property to KHovnanian, who converted the condos into a 1,200-unit retirement community known now as the Four Seasons at Historic Smithville.


The historical community has many places for visitors to stay inside the town, including:

  • The Barn at Smithville - located on East Moss Mill Road
  • Victoria Manor - located on East Lake Front Circle
  • Village Inn & Suites - located on South New York Road


The community had 7,242 people, 3,282 households, and 2,084 families in 2010. The following is a breakdown of the ethnicities within the neighborhood's population:

  • 77.53% white
  • 7.95% Hispanic or Latino
  • 10.37% African American
  • 0.07% Native American
  • 0.04% Pacific Islander
  • 7.71% Asian
  • 2.15% two or more races
  • 2.13% other races

The per capita income in the greater area was $46,340 in 2018. The neighborhood has a mixed workforce of both white and blue-collar occupations, such as:

  • 11.05% management occupations
  • 10.03% law enforcement and fire fighting
  • 8.50% healthcare professions

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