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A Look Into the History of Gibbsboro, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Gibbsboro, NJ, at NJ Injury Guys, have sponsored the following article on the area's history.


The borough, Gibbsboro, is located within Camden County, New Jersey. It stretches across 1408 acres, of which 25.6 acres is water. It is 17.6 miles east of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The main roadways in the town are Clementon Road, Kirkwood Road, United States Avenue, and Lakeview Drive. 


In 1714, George Matlack founded the area and built a mill situated on a branch of Cooper's Creek. The mill would be purchased by Joseph Hilliard in 1744, along with the surrounding land. This area became known as Hilliards Mill. Hilliard sold a section of the area to George Matlack's nephew, John Matlack, who left it to his daughter, Hannah Matlack Gibbs. Her homestead, the Gibb's Mill, was located on Silver Lake. Development around her estate would begin to take place. 

Judge John Clement bought the estate in 1812. Even though some locals referred to the area as "The Centerville Millseat," Clement would officially name it Gibbsborough after the Gibbs family. 

In 1852 John Lucas, an English painter, purchased the mill for his new facility that made paint. He tested all the area's water and found that the water in Silver Lake was the best for his products. The area grew as the Lucas operation grew, and the growing village added many of the following establishments:

  • shops
  • churches
  • several mills 
  • a hotel

In 1893 the spelling of the town changed to Gibbsboro. The New Jersey Legislature incorporated the town into a borough in 1924. 


The area is home to a few trails and recreational parks, such as:

  • Pole Hill Park
  • Gibbsboro Community Garen
  • Quarry by Blueberry Hill Trail
  • Hilliards Creek Wildlife Refuge

Several churches are located in the neighborhood, including the following:

  • Gibbsboro United Methodist Church
  • Bethany Baptist Church
  • Visible Church
  • St. Andrew the Apostle Church


Gibbsboro's population was 2,274 as of 2010, of which there were 786 households and 626 families. While English is the predominant language spoken, Spanish and Polish are as well. The racial makeup of the borough was the following:

  • 92.61% white 
  • 2.15% African American
  • 4.09% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.0% Native American
  • 2.33% Asian 
  • 0.0% Pacific Islander
  • 0.88% other races
  • 2.02% two or more races

As many as 31% of the area's population have a bachelor's degree. The average household income was $76,538 in 2010. The breakdown of the resident's occupations is the following:

  • 14.64% office and administrative support
  • 11.12% management and professional roles
  • 10.94% sales and service positions

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Gabriel A. DiLeonardo, Sr., Esq.
Date Published: April 2, 2021
Gabriel DiLeonardo, Esq. is a New Jersey licensed attorney-at-law. He helps people who suffer injuries get justice through personal injury lawsuits.
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