The township of Deptford is located in southwestern New Jersey, approximately six miles southwest of Gloucester and nine miles south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The town is situated in Gloucester County and is considered part of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Deptford apartments for rent are excellent options for joining the more than 30,000 residents and can easily be found across the 17.5 square miles of land.
Deptford was originally founded in 1623 by Dutch settlers, and it was established as a township in June 1695. The town was named after a town in Kentshire, England, and it was officially incorporated in February 1798. Additionally, the township is famous for being the site of the first hot air balloon landing in North America.
Today, Deptford is the third-largest municipality in Gloucester County, but the township used to be even bigger. The original township in 1695 encompassed more than 106 square miles of land that was divided up into West Deptford, Washington Township, Monroe, Westville, Woodbury and Woodbury Heights.
People living in Deptford apartments and visitors have a wide array of attractions to enjoy. One of the town's prime features that contributes to making this town such a great place to live is the Deptford Mall, which opened in 1975 and transformed the retail shopping habits of residents. Today, there are many strip shopping centers that surround the original mall, containing big-name retailers, restaurants and multiplex cinemas, and provide a higher quality of life to residents.
Other Deptford and nearby attractions include historical sites like the Salem County Historical Society Museum, the Historic Basto Village, the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Mint. For recreation, Deptford has numerous parks and lakes for swimming, hiking, fishing and boating. The Ridley Creek State Park, Neshaminy State Park and Independence National Historical Park are all prime spots to get up close with nature.
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