The Great History of Haddonfield, NJ

The personal injury lawyers in Haddonfield, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, would like to share some of the neighborhood's history as well as some interesting attractions.


The borough of Haddonfield spans 2.84 square miles and is located in the southern section of Camden County in New Jersey. Cooper River, which flows from the Copper River Lake, helps to form the borough's northern boundary. Evans Pond is located in the northeastern corner. The main roadways that pass through the town are Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Kings Highway, Grove Street, and Ellis Street. 

Early History

Remnants of the earliest settlers, the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans, have been found along the banks of the Cooper River. The borough was named after the father of the prominent landowner, Elizabeth Haddon. Haddon was born in 1680, and her father, John Haddon, was a devout Quaker that purchased the 500 acres for her and other Quakers to avoid religious persecution. Elizabeth entered the New World in 1701 and was married a year later to John Estaugh, also a Quaker. Although her father never made it to America, she named the town after him. 

Historical Landmarks

In 1750, the Indian King Tavern played a vital role in the Revolutionary War. The colonial American tavern was the meeting place in 1777 that ratified the Declaration of Independence and adopted its Great Seal. The area became the first historic site in the state in 1903. The original instruction serves as a museum and as a state historical site. 

William Estaugh Hopkins uncovered bones during a dig in 1838. Not aware of the magnitude of his findings, he displayed the few bones in his home. A visitor named William Foulke, who became interested in the findings, continued the dig and unearthed the first full dinosaur skeleton in North America. The bones were assembled and put on display in the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. In the center of town stands a 12-foot replica named Haddy, short for Hadrosaurus, the type of dinosaur found. 


In 2010 the area was home to 11,593 people, which made up 4,436 households and 3,181 families. This was a decrease of 0.7% from the 2000 count of 11,669. The racial breakdown of the townspeople was: 

  • 95.23% white 
  • 1.11% African American
  • 2.14% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.03% Native American
  • 1.85% Asian
  • 0.00% Pacific Islander
  • 0.43% other races
  • 1.34% two or more races

The median household income in 2010 was $112,105, and for a family household, it was $129,100. Men brought in an average of $92,409, as women averaged $61,272. The breakdown of the occupations held by the working residents was the following:

  • 18.19% management and executive roles
  • 13.76% healthcare professions
  • 10.83% education and teaching occupations

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