Westampton Township, with 7500 residents, is a thriving community with prime commercial acreage, a wide choice of residential communities, the Rancocas State Park which houses the Rankokus Indian Reservation and the Nature Center.
- On December 17-26, 1776, American Colonel Samuel Griffin led 600 untrained men, bolstered by Virginia riflemen and artillery men encamped in Mount Holly. A Hessian force under Colonel von Donop overestimated the size of the American force, and Colonel Griffin’s diversion was successful in keeping the large Hessian force from reaching Trenton, allowing George Washington to seize a great victory at the Battle of Trenton.
- Willingboro was settled in 1677 by English Quakers. It was originally called Wellingborough after the town in England, but the spelling eventually changed to Willingboro. In 1959 the name was changed to Levittown after Levitt & Sons, Inc., who developed a community there. The name was changed back to Willingboro in 1963.
- Burlington was the home of Captain James Lawrence of the United Sates Navy. After serving during the undeclared war with France and the war with Tripoli, Lawrence made a name for himself as Captain of the Chesapeake during the War of 1812. On June 1, 1813, Lawrence engaged the British frigate Shannon. After being mortally wounded in the engagement, Lawrence defiantly said the famous words “Don’t give up the ship”. However, despite fierce resistance the ship was overwhelmed by British forces. The U.S. Navy has since named five ships after Captain Lawrence.
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