GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – Gloucester Township turned 325 in 2020, but the big celebration the township had planned was one of many events that had to be called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As New Jersey continues to reopen and the number of deaths and new cases declines statewide, the township can celebrate, and will do so with a big event this fall. Read More Here: Another Big Reopening Day in NJ: What You Can Do Now Amid COVID
In September, a time capsule will be buried at the historic Gabreil Daveis tavern. Important objects will be buried in the time capsule, to be unearthed by future generations. In doing so, the town hopes to perpetuate its heritage for many years.
“Here in the Township of Gloucester, we value our community organizations and the impact they have on our hometown,” township officials said in the announcement. “We would like to provide this unique opportunity for organizations in the Township of Gloucester to submit items deemed important for placement in the time capsule that will be buried in September 2021, date to be determined. “
Local groups, organizations and institutions are encouraged to submit their papers to the mayor’s office by August 2. The time capsule will be discovered in 2070.
Anyone interested in participating can submit important articles including, but not limited to photos, documents, small trophies, etc. All items should fit in a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
In addition to the items, organizations can submit a group photo that includes the name of the organization and the names of the people photographed.
Gloucester Township and Egg Harbor Township were the two towns that made up Gloucester County from 1683, according to the township website. The township of Gloucester takes its name from the cathedral town of Gloucester on the banks of the River Severn in England.
It then subdivided into four small towns and was one of the first townships in New Jersey to be incorporated on June 1, 1695. It became part of Camden County in 1884.
It consists of over 63,000 people, as of 2019. It covers 23.2 miles of land, with eight main communities. It is home to Chew-Powell House, the oldest house in Camden County and one of the oldest buildings in the state. It was built in 1688.
For more information on the time capsule, contact the Gloucester Township Mayor’s Office at 856-374-3514.