Welcome to Camden History

400 Block of Federal Street Postcard, circa 1890

Photo above is from the 400 block of Federal Street in approximately 1890.

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.

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

Latest Posts

  • Avon Street
    Avon Street is a one-block thoroughfare, stretching south from 429 Royden Street to Line Street, positioned between West Street and South 4th Street in South Camden. It intersects with Beckett Street. The street’s layout seems to have been established between 1878 and 1887. By 1906, there were six two-story brick homes lining Avon Street.
  • Reminiscing at 582 Auburn Street
    I was born in Parkside in 1933, and lived there until 1944. I was 11 years old, when our rented house at 1039 Princess Ave., and hundreds of others citywide, were sold to accommodate the workers who poured into Camden for war-related jobs at the N.Y. Ship Yard, RCA, and other defense-connected companies. My parents… Read more: Reminiscing at 582 Auburn Street
  • Auburn Street
    Auburn Street is a small street that stretches from Broadway to South Sixth Street, located between Benson and Washington Streets. It consists of 19 homes, numbered from 588 to 594. During the 1980s and 1990s, much of Auburn Street underwent redevelopment by “urban homesteaders” — private individuals who arrived in Camden. These new homeowners advocated… Read more: Auburn Street
  • Auburn Alley
    Auburn Alley extends in a north-south direction from Washington Street, situated to the east of South 6th Street, running behind the residences on Chambers Avenue. Today, only a portion of the original alley is accessible, with residences encroaching on the Berkley Street side.
  • Atlanta Road
    Atlanta Road, situated in Fairview, New Jersey, is a significant thoroughfare that stretches from north to south, roughly mirroring the path of Mount Ephraim Avenue. Starting its course at Olympia Road, Atlanta Road embarks on its journey toward the southern edge of Fairview until it reaches Collings Road. This initial stretch of the road is… Read more: Atlanta Road
  • Arnold Street
    Arnold Street, situated in the Morgan Village neighborhood of Camden, was constructed post-1947 near the junction of Morgan Boulevard and Fairview Street. The street derives its name from Admiral Henry “Hap” Arnold, renowned for his leadership in the Pacific during World War II. Notably, Arnold Street is among several in the area named after distinguished… Read more: Arnold Street
  • Arlington Street
    Arlington Street in Camden, New Jersey, emerged as a microcosm of the city’s industrial history, reflecting the ebbs and flows of economic prosperity, community resilience, and urban transformation. The street’s origins date back to the late 19th century when Camden experienced rapid industrialization, attracting workers seeking employment in its bustling factories and shipyards. The neighborhood… Read more: Arlington Street
  • Argus Road
    Argus Road is a thoroughfare that extends eastward from 2064 East Octagon Road, culminating at 2000 North Constitution Road.
  • Argonne Street
    Argonne Street, named in honor of the World War I Battle of the Argonne Forest, where American forces demonstrated remarkable valor, spanned just one block. It stretched between St. Mihiel Street and Memorial Avenue, positioned north of Line Street. Interestingly, while the original street address of the Camden Convention Hall was 1065-1075 Line Street, this… Read more: Argonne Street
  • Maurice Street
    Maurice Street, formerly known as Ann Street, stretches southward from 742 Mount Vernon Street, crossing Chestnut Street and Sycamore Street, until it reaches 737 Kaighn Avenue. Interestingly, for much of the past century, the primary address on Maurice Street has been 1130, which in 1947 housed the Wesley A.M.E. Church Annex. A peculiar aspect of… Read more: Maurice Street
  • America Road
    America Road is divided into two sections: one segment extends from West Octagon Road to Yorkship Square, while the other segment continues from the opposite side of Yorkship Square, leading eastward until it terminates at East Octagon Road.
  • Ambler Street
    Amber Street, a narrow thoroughfare in Camden, stretched from 37 Cooper Street to Penn Street. As of 1924, residential homes still lined this street, indicating its vibrant community. However, by 1947, all addresses on Amber Street were vacant, marking a significant change in its occupancy and character over the years.