Tabernacle Township, New Jersey
|Tabernacle Township, New Jersey|
|Township of Tabernacle|
|Motto: Gateway to the Pines|
Tabernacle Township highlighted in Burlington County. Inset map: Burlington County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Tabernacle Township, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 22, 1901|
|• Mayor||Joseph Barton (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Administrator||Douglas A. Cramer|
|• Clerk||LaShawn R. Barber|
|• Total||49.614 sq mi (128.501 km2)|
|• Land||49.120 sq mi (127.221 km2)|
|• Water||0.494 sq mi (1.280 km2) 1.00%|
|Area rank||33rd of 566 in state
5th of 40 in county
|Elevation||69 ft (21 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||6,970|
|• Rank||320th of 566 in state
25th of 40 in county
|• Density||141.5/sq mi (54.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||527th of 566 in state
36th of 40 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||609 exchanges: 268, 801, 859|
|GNIS feature ID||0882081|
Tabernacle Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 6,949 reflecting an decline of 221 (-3.1%) from the 7,170 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 190 (-2.6%) from the 7,360 counted in the 1990 Census.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Tabernacle Township as its 23rd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Tabernacle Township as its 6th best place to live in its 2010 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey. In 2009, it was rated the #1 small town by South Jersey Magazine.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Notable people
- 8 Points of interest
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The area that is now Tabernacle was inhabited by Lenni Lenape Native Americans. In 1778, John and David Brainerd came to the area and erected a church to convert the local Native Americans to Christianity. The church was called Tabernacle In The Wilderness. In 1803, William Wilkins acquired land from Hosea Moore to build Tabernacle Cemetery, next to the church.
The church was originally used as a schoolhouse but in 1856, the one-room Union School was built on the future site of Tabernacle Town Hall to serve the children of the community. As the community grew, a second schoolhouse was built in the vicinity of the other school. In 1860, Gilbert Knight built the Pepper-Knight House next to the Union Schoolhouse. It was later sold to the Pepper family who turned the property over to the Tabernacle Historic District following Clara Pepper's death in 1987. In the 1880s there were problems at the Tabernacle, so a new church was built on the spot. It was called the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church, which still stands today.
Turn of the twentieth century
On July 13, 1928, Emilio Carranza (known as the Lindbergh of Mexico) was flying his plane from New York City to Mexico when he crashed in the middle of a storm over Tabernacle. The Carranza Monument was built with funds from Mexican schoolchildren, Hampton Gates Road was renamed Carranza Road for the pilot.
In 1910, the Union Schoolhouse was demolished and Tabernacle Town Hall was erected on the site. For the Friendship Schoolhouse, 1917 was the last school year because the enrollment and dwindled to four pupils as more began attending the Sequoia school, further south on Carranza Road. In 1936 it was moved down the road next to the Sequoia School. In the 1950s, Tabernacle Elementary School was built on New Road and Olson Middle School (formerly Tabernacle Middle School) was built across the road in 1968. Tabernacle School District renamed its school after Kenneth R. Olson following his death in 1990. In 2003, Seneca High School was built to serve high school students from Tabernacle, Shamong, Woodland, and Southampton.
In 1970, Tabernacle's population was 2,103, but by 1980, it had almost tripled to 6,236, reflecting rapid suburbanization of Philadelphia in South Jersey. Around the same time, the population of many other nearby towns boomed. Tabernacle's population reached a high in 1990 at 7,362 inhabitants and has continued to drop gradually. In 2000 there were 7,170 residents in the township and the population dropped to 6,949 in the 2010 Census.
Tabernacle Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 49.614 square miles (128.501 km2), of which, 49.120 square miles (127.221 km2) of it was land and 0.494 square miles (1.280 km2) of it (1.00%) was water.(39.818276,-74.651454). According to the
The township is one of 56 South Jersey municipalities that are included within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres (450,000 ha), that has been classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation's first National Reserve. All of the township is included in the state-designated Pinelands Area, which includes portions of Burlington County, along with areas in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties.
|Population sources: 1910-2000
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At the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,949 people, 2,375 households, and 1,978 families residing in the township. The population density was 141.5 per square mile (54.6/km2). There were 2,445 housing units at an average density of 49.8 per square mile (19.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 95.80% (6,657) White, 1.38% (96) Black or African American, 0.07% (5) Native American, 0.69% (48) Asian, 0.06% (4) Pacific Islander, 0.94% (65) from other races, and 1.06% (74) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.76% (192) of the population.
There were 2,375 households, of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.1% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 13.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the township, 24.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 35.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $101,053 (with a margin of error of +/- $15,205) and the median family income was $107,179 (+/- $7,238). Males had a median income of $47,947 (+/- $13,091) versus $40,231 (+/- $18,026) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,726 (+/- $3,161). About 1.1% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,170 people, 2,346 households, and 2,010 families residing in the township. The population density was 145.0 people per square mile (56.0/km²). There were 2,385 housing units at an average density of 48.2 per square mile (18.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.29% White, 2.09% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.
There were 2,346 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.6% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.3% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the township the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $76,432, and the median income for a family was $86,729. Males had a median income of $58,148 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $27,874. About 1.1% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
Tabernacle Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting held during the first week of January after each election, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.
As of 2014[update], members of the Tabernacle Township Committee are Mayor Joseph Barton (R, term on committee ends December 31, 2015; term as mayor ends 2014), Deputy Mayor Stephen Lee, IV (R, term on committee ends 2016; term as deputy mayor ends 2014), Kimberly A. "Kim" Brown (R, 2014), Richard Franzen (R, 2015) and Joseph Yates, IV (R, 2016).
Federal, state and county representation
Tabernacle Township is located in the 3rd Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 9th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Tabernacle Township had been in the 8th state legislative district.
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).
For the 2014-15 Session, the 9th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher J. Connors (R, Lacey Township) and in the General Assembly by DiAnne Gove (R, Long Beach Township) and Brian E. Rumpf (R, Little Egg Harbor Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Burlington County is governed by a Board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. The board chooses a director and deputy director from among its members at an annual reorganization meeting held in January. As of 2014[update], Burlington County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio (R, 2014; Florence Township), Deputy Director Joseph Howarth (R, 2014; Evesham Township) Aimee Belgard (D, 2015; Edgewater Park Township), Joseph B. Donnelly (R, 2016; Cinnaminson Township) and Joanne Schwartz (D, 2015; Southampton Township). Gargiano was named in March 2014 to serve the unexpired term of Leah Arter and was chosen to fill her position as Freeholder Director.
The Tabernacle School District serves public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's two schools had an enrollment of 826 students and 65.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.65:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Tabernacle Elementary School for grades PreK-4 (441 students) and Kenneth R. Olson Middle School for grades 5-8 (385 students).
Public school students in Tabernacle Township in ninth through twelfth grades attend Seneca High School located in Tabernacle Township, which serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland Townships. The school is part of the Lenape Regional High School District. The district also serves students from Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township and Woodland Township.
Students from Tabernacle Township, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township.
The township had a total of 89.17 miles (143.51 km) of roadways, of which 71.63 miles (115.28 km) are maintained by the municipality, 14.00 miles (22.53 km) by Burlington County and 3.54 miles (5.70 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
There are only two traffic lights in Tabernacle, both on U.S. Route 206.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Tabernacle Township include:
- Howard P. Boyd (born 1914), scientist who has specialized in the study of the Pine Barrens.
- Sean Doolittle (born 1986), baseball standout at the University of Virginia and 1st round draft choice and current major league relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics system.
- Shana Hiatt (born 1975), model and host of Poker After Dark.
Points of interest
- The Carranza Monument - A 12 ft (3.6 m) monument in the Wharton State Forest that marks the site of the July 13, 1928, crash of Emilio Carranza, known as "The Lindbergh of Mexico". The monument, installed with funds donated by Mexican schoolchildren, depicts a falling eagle of Aztec design. Every July on the Saturday nearest the anniversary of his crash (second Saturday in July) at 1:00 p.m. he is honored at the monument site by local residents and representatives from the Mexican consulates in New York City and Philadelphia.
- Delanco Camp - An inter-denominational Christian camp meeting and summer camp along Lake Agape, located here since 1964, preaching under the Wesleyan doctrine.
- The Batona Trail - A hiking trail that extends for 49.5 miles (79.7 km), with significant portions running through Tabernacle Township.
- Apple Pie Hill is one of the highest points in southern New Jersey, with a fire tower which provides panoramas across much of the region.
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