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Settled in 1688 by the Evans family, Mount Laurel originally contained small hamlets like Hartford, Masonville, Fellowship, and Springville. During the 19th century, African Americans established the enclaves of Colemantown, Little Texas, and Petersburg, which served as stops along the Underground Railroad. An abolitionist named Dr. William Still, known as the “black doctor of the pines,” is buried in the Colemantown Cemetery. Situated east of the Delaware River in scenic Burlington County, Mount Laurel’s farmers regularly trucked their produce to the Campbell’s Soup Company and shipped their produce to market either by steamboat on the Rancocas Creek or by the Camden & Burlington County Railroad. Through photographs that illustrate the transformation of the area’s historical roadways into highways and the residential development of its long-standing farms and peach and apple orchards, Mount Laurel showcases the rich agricultural and cultural heritage of this Burlington County community.
About the Author
Stephanie Marks Sawyer is a longtime resident of Mount Laurel. She has always been interested in local history and her family’s genealogy. Through connections in the community and consultations with local historian Paul W. Schopp, she has gathered anecdotes, personal narratives, and vintage photographs to tell the story of her beloved hometown.
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