“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Eastampton in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Train Station & Smith’s Forest


The Train Station & Smith’s Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 20, 2016
1. The Train Station & Smith’s Forest Marker
Inscription. The Burlington County Railroad completed its line to Pembarton in 1861. The benefits of the railroad had a great influence on the village of Smithville. The route provided access to Philadelphia with only an hour’s ride and connections to Boston and Washington, D.C., which cities could be reached in a day.

The Smithville railroad station stood nearly a half-mile below the creek and the main section of the village. The Jacksonville-Vincentown Road crossed the tracks nearby and connected the station with the upper village.

Turning north from the train station and traveling the main road toward the upper village, one could see a large stand of hardwood trees which began two-hundred or so yards to the east. Known as “Smith’s Forest,” this grove served the workers as one of the main recreation areas in the village. The forest consisted mainly of mature beech trees covering about forty acres on the dry upland area south of the Rancocas Creek. Residents took walks and drives among the trees, making it more of a pleasure park than anything else.

This area provided a pleasant refuge during the summer and groups from Mount Holly, as well as local villagers frequented these woods. Smith charged no admission to the forest and revelers often held picnics and dances here.

(Inscription under the images at the top)

The Train Station & Smith’s Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 20, 2016
2. The Train Station & Smith’s Forest Marker
Left: The warehouse was located next to the rail line. Above: Part of the warehouse can be seen to the left of the train station.

(Inscription in the upper right)
“Smith’s Forest was a popular destination not only for those living in Smithville but also from neighboring towns, such as Mount Holly.

“H.B. Smith Esquire of Smithville as his usual progressive spirit has been laying out his woods between his place and Evansville in a neat, beautiful manner.” Mount Holly Herald, August 1, 1874

(Inscription beside the image on the right)
Left: A view of the railroad tower. Right: The Smithville railroad station seen about 1900. This station building was built in 1884, replacing an earlier structure.
Location. 39° 58.821′ N, 74° 44.965′ W. Marker is in Eastampton, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Smithville Road and Railroad Avenue on Smithville Road. Click for map. This marker is on the grounds of Historic Smithville Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Holly NJ 08060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smithville Lower Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Industrial Village (approx. half a mile away); Smithville Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Historic Smithville Park (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Iron Works Hill (approx. 1.9 miles away); Battle of Ironworks Hill (approx. 2 miles away); Girard House (approx. 2 miles away); Fire Company (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eastampton.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 127 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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