History

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LAUREL SPRINGS

The Borough of Laurel Springs is located in Southern New Jersey about 14 miles from the Walt Whitman Bridge that connects Philadelphia to New Jersey. Its main roads were once the only way from Philadelphia to the shore and many people stopped and stayed in Laurel Springs instead of continuing on south.

Walt Whitman frequently visited here and the Borough maintains two Whitman historic sites. Whitman Walk at Crystal Springs takes visitors along the path of Whitman’s Timber Creek days highlighted in “Specimen Days”. The other, The Whitman Stafford Farmhouse, circa 1785 has been lovingly restored and also exhibits the Borough’s colonial history.

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The Philadelphia and Reading’s Atlantic City Railroad, later on of the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines rolled through the center of this half mile square town which has respectfully maintained most of its Victorian architecture, a testament to its Railroad days. The Borough is currently restoring the Cord Mansion a Queen Anne Victorian in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.

Much of the information is from a 1976 Bicentennial publication produced for the Borough of Laurel Springs. Author: George S. Bryson

COLONIAL HISTORY OF LAUREL SPRINGS
THREE FARMS THAT BECAME LAUREL SPRINGS
WHITMAN HISTORY
RAILROAD HISTORY OF LAUREL SPRINGS
LAKE RESORT HISTORY
VICTORIAN ERA HISTORY
HISTORIC LAUREL SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT
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