Timeline

The Early Years (1776-1850)

Due to natural increases and immigration, the population of Philadelphia, the chief market for South Jersey farmers, and always a substantial influence on the southern part of our state, quadrupled from 1800 to 1850 to 121,000. The increase in population represented a demand for a long list of products, including agricultural products. However, the population in the Barrington area remained at about twenty to thirty, the same as it was at the time of the Revolutionary War. Farmers needed better…

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The Later Years (1850-1892)

After the beginning of the second half of the nineteenth century, many events affected the daily lives of Pre-Barrington and South Jersey residents. Some of these events were the creation of Centre Township, free public education, government aid to farmers and stimulation of agricultural education. The population exploded in the Philadelphia and Camden area, due to the industrialization of these communities. Railroads were built between Philadelphia and Atlantic City and this helped spur real estate development in South Jersey. Better…

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Barrington Emerges (1894 – 1917)

The area emerged from an essentially farming community to an area, which while still “countrified”, was showing the characteristics of a suburb. Even before 1910, Tommy Williams filed a plan for one acre lots in a development he called “Farmhurst” and a few lots were sold. Later, as that area along Shreve and Williams Avenues became further settled, it was referred to as the “Acre Tract.” By 1910, the Haines farm was virtually all residential and areas to the west…

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Barrington Becomes a Borough (1917 – 1920)

The voters living within the boundaries of the proposed new municipality, given the opportunity to vote for or against becoming a borough in a referendum, gave their approval in April of 1917. The citizens of Barrington, having won the right to self-government, set about the task of making the transition from township to borough government. The elected seven-member council was composed of six council members and a Mayor. The members were John Cuthbert, George Culbertson, Lewis Stanton, Thomas Williams, Robert…

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A Period of Optimism (1920 – 1930)

Even though the local outlook on borough government seemed uncertain, the nationwide view of the future was rosy. In the early 1920s, a prevailing feeling of never ending prosperity existed. Optimistic persons invested their savings in land, building construction, stocks and other ventures that promised sure profits, in their estimation. That feeling had its impact on Barrington. With savings and borrowed money, real estate developers and others proposed half a dozen development projects. Not all the projects were carried through,…

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A Period of Depression (1930 to 1940)

As the country slumped into a widespread economic depression, many businesses and banks failed or struggled to stay in operation. Many homeowners lost their jobs, forcing them to default on mortgage payments and taxes. Local governments felt the financial impact of these circumstances. In the 1930s and early 1940s the Borough was compelled to foreclose on numerous pieces of property because of non-payment of taxes. In an effort to raise revenue to meet borough expenses, some of this land was…

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Barrington in the 1940s and 50s

Life in Barrington during the 1940s reflected the impact of World War II on small-town America. Gas rationing made car pooling for work and shopping a necessity. With the restricted traffic, children could play in the streets during the day. Citizens were required to stand in line to receive rationed items such as butter, sugar, canned milk and soap. Civil Defense was organized in the event of a disaster. The town was divided into sections with a resident warden assigned…

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Progress in the 1960s and Beyond

Barrington continues to live up to its motto “Progressive Barrington.” Further housing, commercial, industrial and civic development continued to evolve. Even during the sixties, Barrington was not willing to stand still. The people in Barrington are sports minded. In the 1960s, two sports were well represented, by Barrington in the South Jersey area. They were the Jack Berger Basketball League and the Barrington Colts Football Team. The town outgrew its Post Office in 1961, and a new one was built…

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Barrington in the 21st Century

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