Welcome to Camden History

Welcome to Camden History, unsurprisingly about Camden, New Jersey, a city steeped in history and brimming with stories that have left an indelible mark on the tapestry of America’s past. Situated on the banks of the Delaware River, Camden has a rich and complex history that spans centuries. From its indigenous Lenape inhabitants to the bustling industrial hub of the 19th and 20th centuries, and from its pivotal role in the Underground Railroad to its contributions to the birth of the recording industry, Camden has played a significant part in shaping the nation’s narrative.

Camden’s origins can be traced back to the early 17th century when European settlers first arrived in the region. Over time, it evolved from a quaint village into a thriving industrial center, earning it the nickname “The City Invincible” in the late 19th century. The city’s industries, including shipbuilding, manufacturing, and commerce, contributed to its growth and prosperity.

But Camden’s history is not just one of industry and commerce; it’s also a story of resilience, community, and cultural diversity. Throughout its past, the city has been home to waves of immigrants, each adding their unique traditions and flavors to the city’s vibrant cultural mosaic.

Join us on a journey through time as we explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Camden’s captivating history. From the waterfront to the neighborhoods, from famous figures to everyday citizens, we invite you to discover the hidden gems and untold tales that make Camden a city worth exploring and celebrating.

Whatever your interest, we invite you to join us, have a virtual coffee, subscribe to our email updates, and contribute your own insights and knowledge by registering and joining our community.

Remnants of Camden’s history are all around you if you know where to look!

Latest Posts

  • Affairs in London
    While we were on the ship Mrs. Webster had presented me with a baby boy. After that the boat didn’t go nearly fast enough to suit me!
  • The Kane Affair
    I said: ‘Mr. Linke, it really is immaterial to me what you think. I have a business here which I have built from the ground up…;
  • The “Turn of the Century”
    This event, destined to revolutionize transportation and military tactics and to play the deciding role in the fate of nations, was “covered” by a single obscure newspaper
  • Work and Growth
    When I arrived at the mill office, the manager greeted me with a good deal of profanity, ending—’So you are the boy who invented this thing, are you? It is the worst contraption that ever came into this place.’
  • The “Gay 90’s”
    Today, it is hard to realize that in the “90’s”—with bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles, trolley-cars and a few motor-driven contraptions—traffic accidents and fatalities were already a problem.
  • Warren Webster Enters the Heating Industry
    Warren Webster was on the lookout for Opportunity. And Opportunity did come—let’s call him “Mr. Smith” to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.
  • The Years 1876 to 1888
    The year 1888 is the key-year in Warren Webster’s business career. His handling of his affairs in that year—at the age of twenty-five, establishes beyond question the quality of his foresight and judgment.
  • He Goes to Work
    “One day Mr. Kohler, my landlord, made a suggestion. ‘I think you ought to reclaim tinfoil,’ he said, ‘you can collect it from the stores and melt it down to get the tin out of it.’
  • Back in Philadelphia – Growing Up
    The late Mr. John Wanamaker said: ‘You are just starting out in life. You may be looking for easy roads to travel, but you won’t find them. You have to work hard to accomplish anything worthwhile.
  • 1876—The Centennial
    Little did he think that within a few short years steam heating throughout the world would bear the name of “Webster.”
  • Childhood at Woodbury, NJ
    I don’t know of any particular thing that helps business so much as being able to advertise in such a way that people know exactly what they are going to get.
  • Under Lowering Clouds
    General Warren was my grandfather’s particular war hero—and when my father was christened he was named “Warren” in his honor.