Haddon Avenue is a historic road in Camden County, New Jersey that has played an important role in the region’s development since at least 1792. The road is named after Elizabeth Haddon, who established a settlement in the late 1600’s that would become the town of Haddonfield. Today, Haddon Avenue is a major commercial and residential thoroughfare that spans approximately 7 miles and runs through several municipalities, including Camden, Collingswood, and Haddonfield.
Originally a bridle path and later used by the Hessians during the Revolutionary War, Haddon Avenue was graveled in the early 1820s. In 1839, the Haddonfield & Camden Turnpike Company was incorporated, and Haddon Avenue was funded by stock sales and later tolls. Tollgates were located approximately at Euclid Avenue in Camden (where Lady of Lourdes Hospital is today) and on the southwest corner of Crystal Lake and Haddon Avenue in Haddon Township. The road was finished in 1847 and remained a toll road for many years.
Today, Haddon Avenue is home to a wide variety of businesses and amenities, including shops, restaurants, bars, and parks. It is also a major transportation hub, with several NJ Transit bus routes running along its length and access to the PATCO Speedline in downtown Camden and the Collingswood station. In recent years, efforts have been made to improve the safety and walkability of the road, with new traffic signals, crosswalks, and bike lanes, as well as public art and beautification projects. Haddon Avenue continues to be a vibrant and important part of the Camden County community.
Haddon Avenue is one of the oldest roads in Camden, dating back to at least 1792 when it became basically a bridle path.
Camden has had two buildings known as Convention Hall, which can get a bit confusing, and the issue gets even more confusing when you add the fact that Camden had four different armories in the years between 1880 and 1960, and one of them was also called Convention Hall! It doesn’t help either that Convention Hall was also often referred to as the Civic Center during the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s.
Joseph Abarno was a laborer at the Joseph Campbell Company, later known as the Campbell Soup Company in Camden, NJ.
A. N. Stollwerck and the Chocolate Factory
Many long-time Camden N. J. area residents can recall the wonderful scent of chocolate perfuming the air along a certain stretch of Haddon Avenue. If you were lucky, you may have sampled their delectable products in the form of foil covered Easter eggs or large chocolate “bars” packaged in plain yellow/gold boxes given to visitors and company employees. But few know the history of the A. N. Stollwerck chocolate factory once located in a large brick building at 1649-51 Haddon Avenue in Camden, N.J.
Koerner Made Police Chief; Carroll, Mattison Promoted
Camden Courier-Post – November 29, 1949 Capt. Gustav Koerner, youngest of six men holding that rank in the department, today was named Camden police chief.
Huge Gambling Joint Raided By State Police
Maple Shade Progress – July 28, 1949 Maple Shade’s so-called “plumbing warehouse” proved to be just what residents suspected it to be – an elaborate gambling establishment.
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