By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It was 1713 when Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh formally founded the settlement in the English colony of West Jersey.
“Elizabeth named the settlement ‘New Haddonfield’ after her father,” says Maureen Eyles, the executive director of the Haddonfield Tricentennial Committee. “I think one of the things that’s really exciting about this, is that our town was founded by a woman in the 1700s.”
300 years later, the borough celebrates the anniversary with a year of community service, tree plantings and tree tours and a colonial tea. The first official event will be a Quaker meeting January 27th.
The Committee has selected actors to portray Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh and her husband John Estaugh at events and school appearances throughout the year.
Final judging to pick an official town crier will take place Friday, January 11th. Eyles says a centerpiece event in October is still being planned.
For more information, visit: haddonfield300.org