“Everyone is welcome” is the City of Woodbury’s town motto, and they truly take pride in it! Founded in 1683, Woodbury is one of the oldest “small cities” in the United States. There is so much significant history within the town’s borders, along with many new and upcoming attractions and establishments, which is why a trip to Woodbury should be on your summer bucket list.
The City of Woodbury was founded in 1683 by Henry Wood, a Quaker from the Northwest of England, who had left Great Britain due to religious persecution. Wood was incarcerated for practicing as a Quaker and left his home in the village of Tottington, near Bury, Lancashire, in a boat to set up a community in the new world where he and his family could practice religion freely. His surname and his home town went to make up the name of the city he founded – Woodbury.
In 2000, the Borough of Bury, England, and the City of Woodbury were twinned as part of millennium celebrations in both countries. The twining ceremony was the culmination of a week where more than 300 school children and college students, local dignitaries, and local residents from Bury took park in sporting and cultural events held in and around Woodbury with local people. During the week, there was a symbolic meeting and reconciliation of the Vicar of Henry Wood’s former church in Tottington and the Quaker meeting house in Woodbury.
The Gloucester County Historical Society’s Research Library (17 Hunter Street) is home to one of the largest genealogical collections in South Jersey. Their collection of newspapers, manuscripts, photographs, deeds, maps, and miscellaneous family papers makes it easy to research your home, town, or family. The historical society also created an extensive collection of objects housed and displayed at the Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House Museum (58 N. Broad) including military artifacts, textiles, furniture, glass, toys, trains, kitchen utensils, tools, and much more. Click here for library and museum visitation hours.
Fun historical facts about Woodbury:
- In 1787, a fossil bone was recovered in Woodbury from a local Cretaceous strata.
- Woodbury was the first city in the United States to mandate recycling in 1980.
- There are numerous contributing properties to the Broad Street Historic District encompassing Brad Street and Delaware Street, including the Gloucester County Courthouse, which was listed on the New Jersey Register for Historic Places in 1988.
Places to Eat
Breakfast – Fiore’s Bagel Nook
Brunch – Woodbury Station Cafe
Sandwiches – Fat Louie’s
Dinner – Charlie Brown’s
Pub – McCalley’s Tavern
Vietnamese – Bo Ne Restaurant
Mexican – El Manatial
Italian – Gia Nina’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant
Pizza – All About The Crust
Things to Do
Eight & Sand Beer Co. is the town hot spot for locals and visitors alike. With 20 rotating handcrafted beers on tap, it’s always a new experience when you’re there. From trivia and paint nights to yoga in the brewery, there’s always something going on. Be sure to check out their newly renovated outdoor beer garden and “caboose!” Eight & Sand is open Thursday through Sunday.
You’ll find the majority of shopping and fun retail stores on Broad Street. Looking for vintage furniture? Visit Woodbury Antiques. How about unique gifts for friends and family? The Monogram Shop has been around for 30 years and offers great custom embroidery services. Tiki Tiki Board Games is South Jersey’s leading game store with a huge selection of new and pre-owned board games. Made Artisan Marketplace (re-opening in their new location soon!) features local artisans’ handmade jewelry, home decor, original artwork, workshops, and more. Downtown Woodbury also has great salons including Edwards Hairstyling, Studio 240, and Girlz Time Spa & Party Boutique.
The Woodbury Community Garden, located just off Red Bank Avenue, is a beautiful place to spend time in. Founded in 2005, the vegetable plots are surrounded by continuously blooming flower gardens with lakeviews and buffered by ball fields and woodland spaces. It’s a lively and visually inspiring location for anyone to enjoy.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, come enjoy the rich history, culture, and shopping that Downtown Woodbury has to offer!