In the Beginning
Prior to the formal legal incorporation of Eagleswood Township in 1874, the small towns of West Creek and Staffordville that make up the township already experience a long and storied history.
The area was originally settled by a Mr. Gervas Pharo. Arriving in America with his parents in 1678, Pharo inherited land in nearby Springfield upon the death of his father in 1688. After his marriage to Elizabeth Willets in 1701, Gervas sold the land, moving to the previously unsettled area now known as West Creek. He purchased property in West Creek from either Dr. Willam Cox or William Penn (the records are not completely clear), both of whom had received 12,000 acres each from the King of England in 1690. Pharo built his 2-story clapboard frame-house there on West Street in 1705 where remnants of it still stand today.
In fact, quite a few examples of the early settlers’ homes still stand in Eagleswood Township. The area featured fertile land, an abundance of game and fish, and a safe natural harbor for the sailing ships that traveled between the East Coast ports. Many of the ships’ captains chose the town of West Creek as an ideal place to reside, building many fine homes which have stood the test of time.
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Eagleswood Township Today
Today, Eagleswood Township still offers many of the same amenities that attracted the original settlers…and much more. The natural beauty of the salt marshes provide stunning views at both sunrise and sunset all year round. Local wildlife give hunters and fisherman all the action they can handle, and the variations in natural landscape serve as a bird watcher’s paradise. For those who appreciate nature as well as a rich and storied history, Eagleswood Township may just be the perfect place in which to set your feet, operate a business or simply visit.
An Ideal Location No Matter What Floats Your Boat
In addition to its natural beauty, Eagleswood features local shops, live music venues, golfing and fine dining. And, for those looking for a change of pace, the shores of Long Beach Island are just minutes away. The first-class entertainment offered by Atlantic City’s hot spots are also a short drive.
Download Your Eagleswood Township Guide
Your Eagleswood Township Guide contains a listing of many local merchants, contractors, restaurants and more…as well as municipal and emergency contacts, and events. It’s a great resource to keep on hand! Download the pdf below.
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