W oodbine was founded in 1891 as a haven for Eastern European Jews who were being persecuted in the Czarist pogroms. The Baron DeHirsch Fund, organized by the millionaire Go to the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage railroad tycoon Baron DeHirsch, purchased 5300 acres of land in Dennis Township, Cape May County, NJ to start a settlement. Immigrants from Poland and Russia were invited to settle the new community. Within two years, they cleared the forest and built a town and thriving farms. 800 acres of land were set aside as town lots. The residential center of Woodbine still uses the same grid that was originally laid out in 1891. Using modern agricultural practices, the first colonists (Woodbine was sometimes called the "Jewish Colony" in the early days) turned Woodbine into a model agricultural community. Woodbine was incorporated as a Borough in 1903, and was no longer part of Dennis Township. Because most of the original settlers were Jewish, Woodbine became known as the "First self-governed Jewish community since the fall of Jerusalem".

      The community started the Baron DeHirsch Agricultural College in 1894. Until it closed during World War I (1917), the college was a model of progressive education. The college and its graduates won many state, national, and international awards. World War I, however, signalled a change in the community from a community with an agricultural economy to one with a light manufacturing economy. The Baron DeHirsch Agricultural College became what is today the Woodbine Developmental Center, a state run facility for training mentally-handicapped men. The Developmental Center is Cape May County's largest employer.

      After World War II, many of the founding families left Woodbine for the new suburbs that were springing up around America's cities. At the time, new settlers arrived looking for a good place to live, this time from the American South and the Caribbean. They have settled into the community and helped created a vibrant, multi-ethnic community in the middle of the Cape May County mainland with the same spirit of Brotherhood that enlivened the original colonists.

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CAPE MAY COUNTY NEEDS YOUR HELP IN QUANTIFYING CURRENT RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS INTERNET SPEEDS COUNTY-WIDE

It should come as no surprise that most areas throughout the County are at a disadvantage when it comes to the buildout of broadband services. With that in mind, the County is working towards a needs assessment by collecting and extrapolating data specific to the internet speeds within each of the sixteen municipalities throughout Cape May County. You can contribute to this needs assessment by taking two minutes of your time to complete a speed test on the County’s website.

Have you been experiencing issues with WIFI speed at your residence or business? Find out just how fast your internet speed is by completing the following survey and speed test on the County’s website!

Woodbine Recreation Commission's Movie Night under the Stars

See the new Woodbine Master Plan.

The study to develop Woodbine's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
Please fill out the Community Survey located here

For more information about Borough activities, see our public access TV channel Comcast, Channel 97

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Access the Official Borough Calendar pages here New Leaves, grass, and brush collection rules here Updated trash schedule and other public works schedules
National Weather Service site configured for the Woodbine area. Click here for the NJ Weather and Climate Network page for Woodbine.
Woodbine is a Sustainable Jersey Champion!

RFP for Small Cities Project Engineer

Grant Administrator

More information about the Senior Freeze reimbursement program. Download the Vacant Property Registration form here. Download the OPRA request form

Any questions call 609-861-2153 or email the mayor's office.
Mailing address: Borough of Woodbine, 501 Washington Avenue, Woodbine NJ 08270

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