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Start Your Williamstown Home Search Here! Monroe Township — perhaps better known as the more casual Williamstown — is a favorite South Jersey Community. Williamstown has perfected the template for community success – a Township with a vision and plan for smart growth. The community leadership, past and present understands how to masterfully blend core community elements together. The recipe includes balancing area natural resources, economic growth, recreation, and education. Renowned for its rich community history, diverse satellite communities, churches, and dedication to community parks and memorials, Monroe Township is a standout. Everything seems bigger and bolder in Williamstown — just take at look at the Public School Complex and adjacent Monroe Township Campus Park between Clayton and Tuckahoe Roads — its just fantastic!
SMART GROWTH WILLIAMSTOWN
Gorgeous Lakefronts at Victory Lakes mixed with the curb and sidewalk of Forest Hills, Hunter Woods, Saddle Brook Farms shows Monroe Township’s diverse personality and flair. Newer entries into the new construction arena include the communities of Savona, Willow Woods, and Summerfields West. Edged lawns, pride of ownership, and the warmth of the neighborhood, Twelve Oaks, Ridings, and Glen Eyre do not disappoint.
Copied by many municipalities, but not duplicated, Williamstown has been South Jersey’s leader creating a profitable plan for sustained growth and economic prosperity — all with an eye on protecting the environment.
The areas devoted to athletics and exercise are not your average commitments.
Williamstown is “All In” in a big- big way! It is clear that the township has made a bold commitment to the health of the community — its a way of life in Monroe Township. From the moment you enter Monroe Township, its soccer fields, dozens of them, football fields, manicured softball-baseball diamonds. Even the fields built decades ago in top notch condition.
Just take a look at Earl E. Owens Memorial Park, recently renamed Monroe Township Campus Park, amenities include (Tot Lot, Baseball Fields, Tennis Courts, Hockey Court, Volleyball Court, 2 Beach Volleyball Courts, Basketball Court,
Football Field, Skate Park, Softball Field, 2 Picnic Gazebos, Nature Trail and a Snack Stand), truly a community that cares! Go there any day, its a place that’s always vibrant and fun just to walk. There’s lighted winding walk-ways, lined with dozens of flat black poles garnished with taught flags. Every sport that you can think of is represented. Truly a remarkable place.
Other notable Parks: Marvin C. Wagner Memorial Park, Cecil Athletic Field , the Church Street Sports Complex, and Mary Mazza Duffy Memorial Park.
BRAINS AND BEAUTY
At the core of every great community are its learning centers. Monroe Township has no shortage of fine educational facilities. Serviced by 4 Elementary Schools; Holly Glen Elementary School, Oak Knoll Elementary School, Radix Elementary School, and Whitehall Elementary School. Williamstown Middle and Williamstown High School offer students the best in faculty, technology, and facilities. Education Excellence here is everyday.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
At around 1720, Richard Penn recorded a deed to what is now Williamstown. This tract was subsequently transferred to Israel Williams. The land was later divided into lots and farms and was sold. The earliest, non Native American residents settled circa 1730 on lands frequented by the Lenni-Lenape Indians. The Lenni-Lenape called the area Squankum which translated means — “Place of Evil Ghosts”. It is popular belief that the “Evil Ghosts” referred to the numerous mosquitoes found in the area low-lands.
The community evolved around logging, hunting, and agriculture. The first saw-mill was constructed in 1758 called the Whitehall Mill. By 1839, Squankum had grown with several businesses, 40 dwellings, a number of cultivated farms, and a church. At that time a stagecoach route was established at Cross Keys and not long after a Post Office opened. The population began to swell. The need for a new Post Office arose. Further to the north, the name Squankum was assigned as a neighboring settlement. The arrival of the new Williamstown Post Office gave rise to the community being designated as Williamstown. Thereafter the namesake.
Many churches followed as the populous began to swell. The First Methodist Church on Main Street Williamstown has the iconic steeple and stained glass, beautifully framed as you travel south bound down Poplar Street. Other houses of worship include:
YOU MAY LIVE IN ROBANNA
Williamstown is surrounded by Cecil, Cross Keys, Downer, New Brooklyn, Victory Lakes, and Robanna. Little is known of that part of Monroe Township once called Robanna. As legend would have it, Robanna was named after Anna Robb. The name was reversed, the B dropped, and there you have it. Believed to be the area presently located in the vicinity of Tuckahoe Road and Clayton Road. There are no survey boundaries showing its existence. Most residents living there today are unaware that they may be Robannaians!
To me, the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery is one of the most important tracts in South Jersey. Honored are our Veterans who fought for our freedom. Its serene beauty stirs powerful emotions.
Whenever in Williamstown, I recommend a quick visit. Impactful everyday, it is especially moving on days when the wind is whipping up a bit — just listening to the dozens of flags rippling and gazing over the vista unleashes prideful reflection and gratitude.
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