Welcome to Greenwich Township
Greenwich was founded by John Fenwick in 1675 and Ye Greate Street was laid out by 1684. For thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Europeans, this area supported large settlements of Native American Lenni-Lenape people. Colonization had dire effects on their culture, however, descendants of the Lenape still live throughout the region today and their heritage is preserved in several public collections.
Perhaps the best-known 18th century event was the Greenwich Tea Burning of 1774, one of the five major “tea incidents” in pre-Revolutionary America. In the 19TH century, the critical role that Greenwich played in the operation of the Underground Railroad has also been well-documented, including the fact that the crossing from Delaware to Greenwich, and the road north through Springtown, was a favored route of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman and many others.
Greenwich was also a major 18th and 19th century Delaware Bay
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Greenwich, c. 1880; Greenwich Piers; Bayside; Ship John Light, Delaware Bay.
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In 1995, the PSEG Estuary Enhancement Program placed over 4,400 acres known as the Bayside Tract under deed of conservation restriction, thereby protecting the property in perpetuity. The Bayside Tract includes 2,585 acres of coastal wetlands that provide habitat for fish, mammals, migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, while supporting several protected bird species including the northern harrier and bald eagle. An additional 1,822 acres of uplands preserve vulnerable habitat for wildlife and allows for continued agricultural activities.
Location. 39° 23.395′ N, 75° 20.327′ W. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hot Tea (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenwich Tea Burning Monument (about 600 feet away); Gibbon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Stone Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wood House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Little Stone School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Baptist Log Meeting House (approx. 4 miles away); Old Broad Street Presbyterain Church (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenwich.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 22, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.