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Galloway Township continues to grow. Its the proverbial gateway community located at the foot of the gambling mecca of Atlantic City. Millions have passed through on Route 30, and thousands have stayed. The allure of Galloway is in its practicality — good old fashioned community planning merged with the vision to attract high growth — high profile commercial enterprises. A powerful economic engine has provided unprecedented opportunity. Education, health care, tourism, and avionics are just a few of the many marque industries. Galloway Township has managed its growth well. From the spill-over housing needs of Atlantic City, to the explosive expansion of Stockton University, and the multitude of vibrant health care providers, by all accounts, Galloway's economic health is good!
Galloway Township is one of the top economic growth of municipalities in South Jersey. Noteworthy is Galloway’s position as the fastest growing municipality in Atlantic County. Its ranked in the top 20 in growth communities among 565 municipalities in New Jersey. Designated as one of the coveted Pinelands growth areas, Galloway Township has maximized and prospered with this advantageous zoning classification.
Similar to its other area Townships, Galloway Township has distinct communities within the whole. Each contributes to the stability and good health of the area. Galloway is bestowed the honor of being the largest municipality in land mass in the entire State of New Jersey, 115 acres all told. Pomona is widely known for “high tech” at the William Hughes FAA Technical Center (Galloway and EHT); The Absecon Highlands, Leeds Point, and Oceanville are known for their shore feel and delicate Eco-systems — the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge is a natural wonder; Cologne, Conovertown and Germania are stalwarts in agriculture — vegetable crops, blueberries, and vineyards; Pinehurst, Smithville, and South Egg Harbor all provide unique residential opportunities.
James Baremore built the original Smithville Inn in 1787, it was a single room stagecoach stop. One hundred years later the Inn was a thriving enterprise, and had grown to six times its original size. Not long after, it was abandoned at the turn of the 1900s. In 1952, Ethel and Fred Noyes purchased the property and began restoration of the Inn, reopening it as a small restaurant. The Inn was named a historic landmark in 1964 by the United States Department of the Interior.
In the early 1960's, Inspired by Historical Williamsburg Virginia, The Noyes's decided to expand the site into a historical attraction. Various historic buildings from around South Jersey were brought to Historic Smithville and restored, converted into retail shops and attractions.
In the early 1990's, the Smithville Development Company began construction of the "The Village Greene" the second part of the Smithville Towne Center, which includes more retail stores and unique leisure activities, such as paddleboats, miniature golf, a merry-go-round, an steam train, railroad tracks and all! By 1991 The Village Greene had completed 1,600 units. An additional 1200 units, over 3 phases, now known as the "Four Seasons" at Historic Smithville was completed in the early 2000's. The Smithville section of Galloway Township has a population of around 8,000. residents.
AtlantiCare is the region’s largest healthcare organization and largest non-casino employer, with more than 5,000 employees and 600 physicians. The Mainland Campus is located in the community of Pomona at 65 Jimmie Leeds Road. Built in 1975, the medical center has grown rapidly along with the population of Galloway Township.
The “Centers of Excellence” have become hallmarks of health care. The Center for Childbirth and new state-of-the-art Emergency Department examples of the specialized care offerings. The Mainland Campus is home to several centers of clinical excellence, including the Heart Institute, the Joint Institute, the region’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Betty Bacharach is an advanced and well respected rehabilitation hospital. From humble beginnings arose the modern day mega-facility — along with a regional reputation for “best practices” for healing. The main campus is located in Pomona. The services at Betty Bacharach include stroke care, a hearing center, sleep center, and inpatient and out patient muscle and skeletal rejuvenation.
The Galloway Township Public School District has many school locations and choices.
There are four (grades K-6) Elementary Schools:
Galloway Township Middle School (grades 7-8)
Absegami High School (grades 9-12)
Also another option for students in the western section of the Township is to attend Cedar Creek High School. Both schools are part of the Greater Egg Harbor School District along with Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing. There are school choice options for each of the high Schools.
The Assumption Regional Catholic School (grades Pre-K-8th)
Founded in 1969, Stockton College has recently elevated its collegiate status to Stockton University, a 4-year Liberal Arts university, offerings full undergraduate and graduate programs. Stockton University is located in the Pomona section of Galloway Township. Over 9,500 full and part time students attend. Stockton University offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Top achievers may also earn their doctoral degree.
The ever expanding campus is located on over 2,000 acres within the Pinelands National Reserve. US News and World Reports ranks Stockton in its top tier of the Regions Best. As well, the esteemed Princeton Review ranks the college as among the “Best in the Northeast”. Stockton is a NCAA Division III College offering 17 inter-collegiate sports.
The University purchased Seaview Resort and Country Club in 2010 for 20 million dollars. This provided a unique student experience, not to mention, some very posh dorm quarters for about 300 students studying for careers in the hospitality industry. The aging facility was costly to run (well over 100 years old, repairs and costly infra-structure upgrades had taken a financial toll). In 2018 the property was sold in lieu of the newly built Stockton Atlantic City Campus built on the South End on the beach, facing Albany and Trenton Avenues.
Stockton University sold the famous Seaview Resort and Country Club in 2018 for 21 million dollars to KDG Capital of Florida. The new ownership has indicated that significant financial infusions for major property renovations are a top priority. The hotel will still be managed by Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotels. The 2 18 hole gold courses (The Bay Course and the Pines Course) will continue to be be operated by the Troon Company.
The Resort offers world-class golf, super spa treatments, and the finest in cuisine and resort vacationing on the East Coast. The golf club dates from 1914. The Bay Course was designed by two famous designers, Hugh Wilson and Donald Ross.
In 1929, nine more holes were added. An addition 9 holes were built in 1957. The latter holes were named “The Pines Course”. In 1990 three holes were removed to build a practice facility in large part to accommodate the LPGA Atlantic City Classic later called the LPGA Shoprite Classic. In 1942, Sam Snead won his first of seven major championships at Seaview Country Club. He sank a 60 foot put on the 35th hole to close out Jim Turnesa in match play.
More great golf destinations in Galloway Township include:
The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 40,000 acres of southern New Jersey Coastal Habitats and tidal wetlands. There is limited public access in the 6,000 acre wilderness area. Inclusive of Holgate and Little Beach, these barrier beaches are two of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches in the state. Here the rare piping plover and other important beach-nesting birds raise their young.
Forsythe Refuge is mostly tidal salt marsh. Shallow coves and bays are plentiful. Walkable trails allow up close engagement with the interesting marsh creatures. The Refuge a hotbed for bird watching. Thousands of ducks, geese, and droves of other shorebirds concentrate here during spring and fall migration.. Over 3,000 acres of the Refuge are woodlands. Inland to the salt marsh — there is a wide variety of upland plant and animal habitat. Some species include red tail hawks, white-tailed deer, box turtles, and a growing population of bald eagles.
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