The township banned all liquor sales in 1915 and retained the restrictions after Prohibition ended in 1933. Referenda aiming to repeal the ban failed in both 1935 and 1953. In 2007, the Township Council approved a referendum that would allow the sale by auction of six liquor licenses (the state limit of one per every 3,000 residents), with estimates that each license could sell over $1 million each. The referendum did not receive enough votes to pass. In 2011, voters repealed the liquor ban; however, liquor sales in the township will be restricted to the Moorestown Mall.
In 2005 Moorestown was ranked number one in Money magazine's list of the 100 best places to live in America. The magazine screened over a thousand small towns and created a list of the top 100 for its August 2005 issue, in which Moorestown earned the top spot because of its community feeling, in addition to plentiful jobs within the commuting area, excellent schools, low crime rate, and affordable housing. Another attribute is its proximity to Philadelphia (about a 15-minute commute), a center of jobs and cultural and urban amenities.
Moorestown-Lenola is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located within Moorestown, which had a 2010 population of 14,217. Other place names used within Moorestown include North Bend, Stanwick, Northwest Estates. Some of the neighborhoods in Moorestown are West Moorestown, East Moorestown, South Moorestown, and Downtown Moorestown.
There were 7,450 households, of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the township, 27.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 31.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.4 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $108,655 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,347) and the median family income was $129,217 (+/- $6,334). Males had a median income of $100,266 (+/- $4,901) versus $60,057 (+/- $11,139) for females. The per capita income for the township was $58,458 (+/- $3,172). About 1.4% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
There were 6,971 households of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.
Age distribution was 27.4% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.
The median household income was $78,826, and the median family income was $94,844. Males had a median income of $74,773 versus $39,148 for females. The per capita income for the township was $42,154. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
Aerial view of Moorestown
Moorestown's municipal government operates within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under Council-Manager plan E, which was implemented as of January 1, 1967, based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission. A five-member Council is elected at-large on a partisan basis, with each member serving a four-year term of office on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even years. At a reorganization meeting held in January after each election, the council selects a mayor and a deputy mayor from among its members.
The Township Manager, a full-time professional administrator, is appointed by the Council. Under the Township's administrative code and the Faulkner Act, the Manager has the township's executive and administrative authority and responsibility. The current Township Manager is Scott Carew.
As of 2013[update], members of the Moorestown Township Council are Mayor Chris Chiacchio (R, term ends December 31, 2014), Deputy MayorStacey Jordan (R, 2014), Phil Garwood (R, 2016), Victoria Napolitano (R, 2016) and J. Greg Newcomer (D, 2016).
In 2004, Moorestown elected a majority Democratic council for the first time in its history. In 2008, the Moorestown Republicans won back three seats, giving them a 4-1 majority starting in 2009. On Election Day 2012, Republicans Victoria Napolitano (5,580 votes), and Phil Garwood (5,467 votes), along with Democrat J. Greg Newcomer (5,345 votes), won election to the three open seats on the Township Council, outpacing Republican Pete Palko (5,321 votes) and Democrats Brian Sattinger (4,899 votes) and Mark Hines (4,869 votes). Republicans maintained a 4-1 majority, and Stacey Jordan was sworn in as Moorestown's first female Mayor on January 7, 2013.
During the summer of 2007, the Township Hall suffered smoke and water damage caused by an electrical fire. The township offices are now located in temporary quarters at 2 Executive Place, Moorestown Township Council meetings are now held at the William Allen Middle School Auditorium and court sessions are conducted in Maple Shade. On December 10, 2012, Town Council members John Button, Greg Gallo, Stacey Jordan, Chris Chiacchio, and Mike Testa, along with Councilmembers-elect Victoria Napolitano and Greg Newcomer, broke ground on the new Town Hall, scheduled to be completed in early 2014
Moorestown Friends School is a private Quaker school located at East Main Street and Chester Avenue. The school serves approximately 700 students from Pre-School through 12th grade.
Friends Meeting House
Main Street (formerly the King's Highway) follows a ridge that had been occupied by the historic Lenni LenapeNative Americans. Two fine springs, one to the west (off Main Street before reaching the Perkins Center for the Arts, just by Roberts Elementary School) and one to the east (off North Stanwick Road) drew Native Americans and traders to the area.
In 1682, John and Sarah Roberts became the first English-speaking residents of Moorestown when they began to live in their home where the Roberts Monument is presently located on County Route 537 at the intersection with Route 73. In May 1686, three years after the founding of Philadelphia, John Rodman bought 500 acres (2.0 km2) on the west side of Chester Township, and Thomas Rodman bought 533 acres (2.2 km2) in the same area; this soon became known as the Village of Rodmantown. The growing area around the eastern spring was known as the Village of Chestertown.
In 1700, the first Society of Friends’ Meeting House, built of logs, was erected on the King’s Highway. Originally known as Meeting House Lane, Chester Avenue was laid out in 1720. The community at that time probably consisted of a few farmhouses along the King's Highway from Stanwick Road to Locust Street.
Thomas Moore and his wife Elizabeth settled here in 1722. In 1732, Moore purchased 33 acres (130,000 m2) of land on the north side of the King's Highway. The land ran from the west side of the Friends' graveyard on the northwest corner of the King’s Highway and Meeting House Lane on the east, and west to Locust Street on the western boundary of his property and north to Second Street. Moore set up a hotel on the northwest corner of the King’s Highway and Union streets (Cornerstone Bank and the Wawa now occupy opposite corners there). Given Moore's extensive property ownership, the name Moorestown gradually replaced Chester informally in the center of town. Finally, Moorestown formerly split off from Chester and became a Township.
The Coles Hotel, east of the corner of Main and Chester, was a stop on the stagecoach route connecting Camden with Trenton and Philadelphia. Construction of the railroad in 1867 superseded the stagecoaches and connected Mount Holly Township and Camden.
A tavern built in 1745 by John Cox at what is now Main and Schooley streets was taken over in 1778 during the Revolutionary War by Hessian officers retreating from Philadelphia. In the years after the war, it was used for a town hall before 1812, when what is now called "Old Town Hall" was constructed.
Quakers built Moorestown's first two schools in 1785. A brick schoolhouse was located near what is now the intersection of Route 73 and the Kings Highway overpass. A stone schoolhouse was located adjacent to the present Friends Meeting House at the intersection of Chester Avenue and Main Street. The first district school was opened in 1810. The first free Moorestown public school was established in 1873.
Vernon Hill's 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) mansion Villa Collina — Italian for "Hill House" — the largest private residence in New Jersey, is located in Moorestown.
Moorestown's Quaker heritage is discussed in Moorestown resident and native historian William H. Kingston's book, Moorestown's Third Century: The Quaker Legacy.
Roads and highways
The township had a total of 123.52 miles (198.79 km) of roadways, of which 96.15 miles (154.74 km) are maintained by the municipality, 24.65 miles (39.67 km) by Burlington County and 2.72 miles (4.38 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Transportation of "Miracle on the Hudson" US Airways Flight 1549
On June 5, 2011, J. Supor & Son transported the fuselage of US Airways Flight 1549 through Moorestown en route to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte North Carolina. The convoy spent over 1.5 hours working to negotiate a single right turn in the center of the town. This was the most difficult maneuver on the entire seven-day, 788-mile journey. The difficulty of this one turn was known in advance. In order to negotiate the turn the team had to temporarily remove a street light and the corner of a grave yard fence.
^Hefler, Jan. "Moorestown repeals liquor ban", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 9, 2011. Accessed February 11, 2012. "After months of heated debate, Moorestown voters decisively approved a proposal to allow restaurants at Moorestown Mall to sell liquor in the historically dry community.... Voters in the community of 19,000 people were asked two questions: whether to permit liquor sales, and then whether to restrict the sales to mall restaurants. Unofficial tallies show the vote on the first question was 4,138 to 2,740, and on the second, 3,750 to 2,876."
^Comegno, Carol. "Moorestown extends town hall timetable", Courier-Post, January 26, 2010. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Court offices have moved to Maple Shade, most township offices are on Executive Drive and council has been meeting at the William Allen Middle School."
^Nutt, Amy Ellis (October 31, 2013). "Booker is officially a U.S. senator after being sworn in". NJ.com/Associated Press. Accessed October 31, 2013. "Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in as a Democratic senator from New Jersey today, taking the oath of office, exchanging hugs with Vice President Joe Biden and acknowledging the applause of friends and family members seated in the visitor's gallery that rings the chamber.... Booker, 44, was elected to fill out the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year."
^ abHistory, Moorestown Friends School. Accessed February 11, 2012. "In 1785, members of the Religious Society of Friends (also known as Quakers) erected a little brick schoolhouse at a point where Kings Highway passes over Route 73, in present day Maple Shade. The same year, they built a one-room stone schoolhouse on land west of the present Moorestown Friends Meeting House, on what is now part of the site of Moorestown Friends School."
^DeCou, George (1929). Moorestown and Her Neighbors; historical sketches. Philadelphia: Harris & Partridge, Inc., pp. 7-9.
^Lamborn, Suzanne Parry (2006). John and Sarah Roberts, with many related families. Morgantown, Pennsylvania: Masthof Press, pp. 1-3. ISBN 1-932864-58-X
^Chaplin, Philippa J. "All about King George's 'Great Road'", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 3, 2004. Accessed June 26, 2012. "To the northeast, the Lenni Lenape had settled near two springs in what is now Moorestown. It is not known exactly when the Indians left, but sometime after Kings Highway came through in 1682, two white settlements sprang up near the springs - Rodmantown on the west end, around today's Church and Main Streets, and Chestertown on the east, around Chester and Main, according to Stephanie Herz, librarian for the Moorestown Historical Society."
^Staff. "Moorestown's buildings tell centuries of tales", Courier-Post, June 23, 1999. Accessed June 26, 2012. "For most of the 1800s, the stagecoach traveled Kings Highway from Camden to Trenton. Moorestown was divided by the coming of the railroad -- residents welcomed the convenience, but shopkeepers feared local business would suffer with the access to Philadelphia.... John T. Evans had a real estate office, and the Coles Hotel, demolished in 1925 to make room for the Burlington County Trust Company, was located at 91 East Main Street."
^ abAbout Moorestown (1722 to 1922), Moorestown Township. Accessed February 11, 2012. "The old homestead on the northeast corner of King's Highway and Lenola Road was constructed in 1742 by John Cowperthwaite. Because of its excellent example of an 18th century home, record of its construction was made in 1937 by the U.S. Department of Interior and is now recorded in the Library of Congress."
^Smith, Eileen and Walsh, Jim. "Hill's climb took bank to heights of industry", Asbury Park Press, June 30, 2007. Accessed July 25, 2007. "Hill and his wife Shirley built Villa Collina, literally Hill House, a 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) Tuscan-style mansion in Moorestown that is the biggest private residence in the state."
^New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame "Samuel Leeds Allen has been awarded almost 300 patents for farming machinery,..." "Because the production of farm equipment was seasonal, many of Allen's employees were laid off during the winter." "Allen invented the Flexible Flyer,..." Accessed July 25, 2008.
^Bullock, Michael. "Cepero's return solidifies City Islanders goalkeeping situation", The Patriot-News, April 3, 2010. Accessed March 2, 2011. "Sam Bishop, the 27-year-old keeper who has logged three seasons (2005-07) with the City Islanders, spent the opening week of the expansion Philadelphia Union's first training camp working out with the first-year MLS club. Needless to say, it was a memorable experience for the Moorestown, N.J., native."
^West Jersey History. Accessed January 9, 2011. "David Bispham, the great singer, whose boyhood days were spent in Moorestown, attended this school and some of our older residents who were students at that time tell interesting anecdotes about this celebrated man."
^Donnellon, Sam. "Sam Donnellon / Moorestown's.", Philadelphia Daily News, June 22, 2007. Accessed March 1, 2011. "His future lay 1,805 miles away, on the easternmost point of an island nearer the Arctic Circle than his Moorestown home. This is where the National Hockey League would discover T.J. Brennan."
^Gardner, Amanda. "Theater; Tony Awards' New Jersey Ties", The New York Times, June 3, 2001. Accessed July 23, 2008. "Kevin Chamberlin (best performance by a leading actor in a musical, Seussical) also traces his childhood and early career to New Jersey. Mr. Chamberlin moved to Moorestown (exit 4) when he was 7 years old and worked summers as a singing waiter at the Show Place in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island."
^The Ice Man Accessed July 26, 2008: "On Comcast's website, he's 'the ultimate Flyer' who's married to wife Sandy, has four children (sons Wade and Lucas and daughters Jody and Jakki) and resides in Moorestown, N.J."
^John Collins Biography, Miami Beach History. Accessed March 13, 2008. "Born on December 29, 1837, in Moorestown, New Jersey, John Stiles Collins was the sixth generation of Collinses to farm the family's western New Jersey homestead since 1678."
^Waggoner, Walter H. "Edwin Forsythe, congressman, dies", The New York Times, March 30, 1984. Accessed March 2, 2011. "Representative Edwin B. Forsythe, a New Jersey Republican who served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, died of lung cancer yesterday at his home in Moorestown, N.J. He was 68 years old."
^Alfred Hunt's obituary "The announcement of the death of Alfred Hunt, president of the Bethlehem Iron Company, will be a shock to his numerous friends throughout the Lehigh Valley and the State. The sad event occurred last evening at the home of his brother, Mordecai Hunt, in Moorestown, N. J."
^Lulgjuraj, Susan. "Many Philadelphia Flyers past and present call Cape May County home", The Press of Atlantic City, May 24, 2010. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Tim Kerr has a huge presence in the Avalon and Stone Harbor area. The three-time All-Star played in Philadelphia for 11 seasons from 1980 to 1991 and holds Philadelphia's team record for the most 50-goal seasons with four. He owns Tim Kerr's Powerplay Realty on Dune Drive, which sells and rents homes in the Avalon and Stone Harbor area. For several years, Kerr also has run a charity run that bears his name. Kerr splits time between his homes in Avalon and Moorestown, Burlington County, said Tim Kerr Realty sales associate Ann Delaney."
^New Jersey Mirror, March 2, 1938: "Death of William G. LeConey." "Surviving are his wife, Laura Haines LeConey, a very active worker in the First Baptist Church; and two sons, Everett LeConey, of Moorestown; and J. Alfred LeConey, of Plainfield. The latter was a winner in the Olympics at Paris in 1924 and upon his return to Moorestown, a great reception was held on the lawn of the LeConey home here to do him honor."
^"Moorestown, N.J., named best town to live", USA Today, July 11, 2005. Accessed July 25, 2008. "Plenty of executives still inhabit its 15 square miles (39 km2). But the best-known citizens these days are a number of Philadelphia Eagles players, including star quarterback Donovan McNabb."
^New Views VII - 2008 Literary Burlington County, Burlington County, New Jersey Historian. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Stephen W. Meader home, 565 East Main Street, Moorestown. Author of Children’s Books (1892-1977) . Stephen Meader, born to Quaker parents, wrote his first children’s book, The Black Buccaneer , in 1920. He moved his growing family to Moorestown in 1922 and by 1927, he had obtained a position with the Philadelphia advertising firm of N.W. Ayer & Son."
^The Life of Stephen W. Meader "A third child, John, was born in 1921, and in 1922, the family moved to Moorestown, New Jersey." Accessed April 16, 2008.
^Samuelsson, Ulf. "Ulf Samuelsson's Blog: The transition to coaching", The Hockey News, October 24, 2008. Accessed March 1, 2011. "I got into a number of things, like restaurants and car dealerships. For a while, we had three dealerships going in Pittsburgh and we sold a lot on eBay. It was fun to go out and try many things that I couldn’t when I was playing hockey. My family and I stayed in New Jersey, in a great town called Moorestown Township."
^Staff. "Wilson, Helen Van Pelt", Westport News (Connecticut), October 24, 2003. Accessed November 17, 2013. "Born in Collingswood, N.J., Oct. l9, l901, she grew up in nearby Moorestown, went to the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr and graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1923."