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Swedesboro was settled as part of New Sweden in the mid-1600s. The early Swedes and Finns were fishermen, hunters and farmers.

The English Colonial government needed a road between the communities of Burlingtown and Salem, so they built the Kings Highway in 1691 which opened the southern portion of Gloucester County to more settlers, who were drawn to the area by the fertile sandy soil, prime farmland and vast tracts of oak, birch, maple and pine trees. Originally, the community was called Raccoon, until the name was changed to Swedesboro in 1765.

Through the late 1800s, Raccoon Creek was a water route that was naturally deep enough to transport wood and farming projects to Philadelphia by the Delaware River.

Swedesboro was formed as a borough on April 9, 1902, from portions of Woolwich Township.




Borough of Swedesboro
Borough Hall
1500 Kings Highway
Swedesboro,NJ 08085


Construction Official

Court Administator

Fire - 911
(Non-Emergency) Woolwich Fire Company 856-467-2195

First Aid - 911

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Library - 856-467-0111

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Police - 911
(Non-emergency) Woolwich Police 856-589-0911

Public Works 856-467-1540

Recreation 856-467-2666, ext. 3300

Senior Citizens

Tax Collector's Office 856-467-0202

Tax Assessor


Swedesboro-Woolwich School District
15 Fredrick Blvd.
Woolwich, NJ 08085

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Swedesboro-Woolwich Public School District

Margaret C. Clifford School (Pre K – Kindergarten)
601 Auburn Ave.
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Governor Charles C. Stratton School (Grades 1 – 2)
15 Fredrick Blvd.
Woolwich, NJ 08085

Charles G. Harker School (Grades 3 – 5)
1771 Oldmans Creek Road
Woolwich, NJ 08085

Walter H. Hill School (Grade 6)
1815 Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Kingsway Regional Regional School District

Kingsway Regional Middle School (Grades 7 – 8)
213 Kings Highway
Woolwich Twp, NJ 08085

Kingsway Regional High School (Grades 9 – 12)
201 Kings Highway
Woolwich Twp, NJ 08085

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Swedesboro-Woolwich Historical Society
Swedesboro, NJ  08085

Adams Meeting House aka Old Stone Church
Oak Grove and Meeting House Road
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

The church was built in 1793 by local farmers who needed
a place to gather and worship the then new Methodist
religion that was spreading throughout the land. Said to be
the oldest Methodist Church in South Jersey. It is also known
in earlier days as the "Adams Meeting House," and
"Oak Grove Church." This area of town was known as the
"Adams Neighborhood, as the church was built on a corner
of the farm of Joseph and Elizabeth Adams. Later Mr. &
Mrs. Adams gave an acre of adjoining land for use as a
burial ground. This cemetery is remarkable because of the
small proportion of children's graves in it.

John C Rulon House
428 Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Originally a two room house built circa 1813,
this home belonged to John C. Rulon, who
founded the first bank in the Borough, and was
responsible for bringing water and sewer into
Swedesboro and building Lake Park Cemetery.
Expanded in 1820, then again in the 1840s and
1880s, the home still retains its original
hardwood floors, pocket doors, and ornate
Italianate porch railing as installed by John
C. Rulon himself.

Richardson Avenue School
Richard Ave & School Street
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Formerly a Masonic Hall, the Richardson Avenue School
opened as a “separate but equal” three classroom school
for African American children in 1931. It remained open until
1942, and is recognized today as the only remaining
segregated school in the state.

Trinity Church
Church Street & Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Trinity “Old Swedes” Church is the first Swedish
Church in the state and the third in the nation.
 Founded as a Swedish Lutheran Church in
1703, the present building seats 300, dates
back to 1784 and retains most of its original
architectural details. The bell tower, added in
1839, has an interior identical to that of
Independence Hall in Philadelphia.


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