Pennsville – The Pennsville Township Historical Society Quarterly Meeting will be held on April 15th 2015. The topic for the evening. will be The Evolution of the Deepwater Village from 1908 to 1959.
Wayne Patrick will be the speaker for this meeting. Wayne was born and raised in Deepwater Village and worked at the DuPont Company, retiring after 35 years of service. At the age of 69,Wayne became curious about his family history, the house he was raised in, and the merchants that supplied the needs of the residents who lived in Deepwater Village. He will share his research on the evolution of Deepwater Village as it progressed from farmland to a company town.
Records from 1685, show that Henry Jeans receive a land grant for 540 acres which was located at Deepwater Point. We know this area today as Deepwater and the location of the DuPont Chambers Works. In 1908 the land was still owned by the heirs of the Jeans family. Mr. Patrick will talk about how the land was divided through inheritance, how the land was sold off to developers, including DuPont and the effects that all of these changes had on the residents, store owners, merchants and, ultimately, what the community would become. By 1958, the DuPont company had become the owner of half of the homes in Deepwater Village. In 1959 all of this came to an end in a plan that the DuPont company had for the houses it owned and how that was settled.
This meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Senior and Community Center 69 Spruce Street, Pennsville, N.J. on Wednesday,April 15th 2015 at 7:00 P.M. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the meeting. For more information call Don Walton 856-381-2510 or Donna Litvin 856-678-643