Saddler’s Woods is named in honor of Joshua Saddler. Saddler was a slave on a Maryland plantation and escaped to freedom with his wife and two daughters in the late 1830’s. It was here that Saddler found refuge and with the help of a local Quaker, Cy Evans, Saddler acquired a small farm and home for his family.
In time, Saddler gained his freedom and his family thrived. Word of his success spread. Soon other African Americans settled in the area, forming the settlement of Saddlertown.
Determined to protect the woods, Saddler wrote into his will that no heirs could cut timber from the land. Thanks to his efforts, this remaining forest fragment provides a glimpse of how the area looked when the Leni Lenape lived here, long before European settlers arrived.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism series list.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. King’s Road / Chew’s Landing Road (approx. 1.1 miles away); Haddon Heights and the White Horse Pike (approx. 1.2 miles away); Haddon Heights and the Railroad (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Hadrosaurus foulkii Sculpture (approx. 1.3 miles away); Historic Haddon Heights (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hadrosaurus foulkii (approx. 1.3 miles away); New Jersey Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jonas Cattell (approx. 1.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.