Willingboro, NJ runs along the North Bank of the Rancocas Creek, Main Stem. Creek Miles 22.5 – 26.4. In 4 miles you paddle through 400 years of maritime and community heritage.
Before the 17th century, Willingboro was home to Lenape Indians. Around 1680 Thomas Olive had settled a water powered mill on what is now, today Mill Creek, Willingboro. In 1700 Wellingbourgh (note old spelling) was one of the 11 original municipalities in Burlington County.
Remains of ferry landings, old piers, wharfs and the tug and barge graveyard downstream of Mill Creek and Coates Bar attest to the Rancocas Creek in Willingboro was a maritime and regional market corridor. Check out the Willingboro Public Library for All sorts of facts and features of Willingboro‘s Heritage and History.
Willingboro (note all school spelling) welcomed (starting around 1840’s and up into the 1920’s) steam powered vessels moved folks and freight between Willingboro and other local Rancocas Creek Communities and the Port City of Camden. Coates Bar was found off the entrance to Mill Creek. It was removed in and around 1888, leaving behind a wonderful shallow tidal waterway.
Today Mill Creek is a haven for multi-use activities and motor boat traffic. Willingboro’s Creek Front Also is a Haven For Wildlife, Culture, Heritage and Multi-Use Recreation.