About Salem County

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In an age of urban sprawl and pollution, discover why Salem County is a destination for those who wish to “get away from it all.” We invite you to pay us a visit, and enjoy the down-home country feel that pervades every facet of the county. The county’s agricultural, historical, and economic characteristics are surpassed only by the people of the county who work as a team to preserve the features that make the county great while planning to keep it viable for future generations. Salem, which means peace, is a place steeped in history and tradition. The county is the site of the first Quaker colony in North America, which was established in 1675. The majestic Salem Oak, which still stands today, is said to be the site where John Fenwick, a member of the Religious Society of Friends, entered into a treaty with the Lenni-Lenape tribe for the land that is Salem County today.

The exchange between John Fenwick and the Lenape Indians planted the seed that would grow into Salem County’s rich history. Even in those early days, Salem County had a reputation for being a peaceful place, and that quality attracted many settlers, including Swedes, Germans, Finns, Africans, Irish, and French Huguenots. In time, Salem became home to distinctive architecture, a rich maritime heritage, and many Revolutionary War sites. To this day, visitors to the county can see the sacred grounds where men lost their lives in this country’s fight for freedom.

Much like times past, Salem County is still a place of open spaces, making it attractive to the agricultural industry and business developers alike. While 42.6 percent of the land is under active farm cultivation, county developers, and builders are cultivating the terrain for new businesses and industry to take their place among the already established and flourishing areas of manufacturing. For information on doing business in Salem County, contact the Salem County Improvement Authority, Salem County Chamber of Commerce, or the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Business Association. You can also call (856) 279-2182.

Salem County features some of the finest environmental tourism attractions in New Jersey. The county’s natural features include six rivers, more than 34,000 acres of meadow and marshland, tidal and freshwater wetlands, 40 lakes and ponds, beaches, expansive woodlands, a critical underground aquifer, numerous streams, and important headwaters. Salem County covers 338 square miles, and nearly half of the land is used for farming.

Peaceful surroundings, coupled with a solid, diverse educational system, a variety of state-of-the-art health care options, and distinct small-town communities, make Salem County a great place to live, to work, and to play.