Where on Earth is Salem County New Jersey?

Many People have asked where Christopher’s Organic Botanicals is located? We tell everyone we are in Salem County New Jersey!

Salem County is in the Southwestern part of the State located next to the Delaware River. Salem County is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia and 1.5 hours from Atlantic City New Jersey.

We are the most rural county in the state of New Jersey. Farming contributes to many incomes in our area of New Jersey.

Our local About Salem County even references:

“In an age of urban sprawl, Salem County stands out as an unspoiled oasis with a genuine, “down-home country” feel that pervades every facet of the county. The people only surpass its agricultural, historical, cultural, and economic characteristics here who work as a team to preserve the features that make the county great while planning to keep it viable for future generations”.

That says a lot and one of the many reasons people love living in Salem County. I like to say that we have the best of both worlds. We have farm fields and creeks, but at the same time we can be in a major city in 30 minutes.

Sometimes the creek flooding makes it a bit difficult to get where we need to go but having 4×4 is a plus. The small-town feel is what truly makes Salem County New Jersey the place to live.

Some people say it is like a time warp living in Salem County and that is why so many people love to live here too.

Recently in the past couple of years Amazon has built fulfillment warehouses in the area, which make amazon prime delivery very fast!

ecommerce businesses, order fulfillment services and fulfillment centers make up a good percentage of small businesses in cities in the United States.

Even better there are now 800 more jobs available to area residents. Amazon has a few warehouses in our area and has been building numerous warehouses within our region.

The newest warehouse is in Carneys Point, which for many years was the home of DuPont. DuPont helped subsidize the property taxes for many years. We still enjoy lower property taxes than most of New Jersey.

A ¾ acre 3-bedroom home would be taxed at about $5,000-$6,000 per year in Salem County, while other property taxes up north may runway past $12,000.00 for the same sized house and property.

Granted, we must drive a bit more to get where we need to go, but not having to sit in traffic for hours is well worth it.

The Wal Mart trip takes about 15 minutes and driving to the food store is about the same driving time. We have a different feel than most urban areas.

Our business is in Quinton which is about 20 minutes from our home and outside of Salem City. Salem City has such old architecture and buildings which make it an historical landmark. Visiting old Salem City in the summer is wonderful.

We are proud to be a part of the Salem County Chamber of Commerce and thank Jennifer Jones for all her demanding work over the years.

We had the 600-year-old Salem County Oak that fell in 2019. On Thursday, June 6th, 2019, at around 6:00 in the evening, the stately Salem Oak lay down, after standing tall for an estimated 600 years. She was at home, in the Salem Friends Burial Ground on Broadway, in the small historic town of Salem, New Jersey.

We have a small cutting with the certificate of authenticity of the Great Salem Oak. Looking at this piece of oak and knowing that Native Americans signed treaties under this tree is amazing.

We have many historical sites in Salem County New Jersey. From the Salem Oak to the bunkers Fort Mott State Park. The historic district in downtown Salem City has buildings over 200 years old.

Rural, honest, and hardworking is what Salem County New Jersey is all about. There is not too much excitement in Salem County and that is thew way people like it, but there was an incident that put Salem County New Jersey in the media spotlight.

Back in 1997 there was a horrific murder in Pennsville at Fort Mott State Park. This incident rattled our small area.

Fort Mott is where Andrew Cunanan ended up killing the caretaker William Reese then taking his pickup truck and ending up killing Gianni Versace a month later. Crazy story and situation considering we are in the middle of nowhere.

The old wild west buildings are still standing. Some of the buildings have been going through restoration. The original J.C. Penney building still stands and is one of the buildings that are being restored.

Our area is like living 40 years in the past and the people love it! Some call our area of Salem County New Jersey the Bible belt of the northeast.

Within 1 mile of my home there are 7 churches with 7 different denominations. People take old school living seriously around here and do not want the added drama.

Neighborhood watch takes on a whole different meaning. People will know if you do not live in the area. Difference is that people will ask you if you need help, or if there is anything that they can do to help you.

I remember mowing my lawn when I first moved here 9 years ago. The local police drove by and waved. Stopped and Asked how my day was going. That was wonderful and made me feel like our local Police really care about people.

If you want to feel like you are at home and surrounded by people who care, then visit Salem County New Jersey!

I grew up 20 minutes from Staten Island in Northern New Jersey. Being able to have a bit more relaxed commute and living environment has made life better for me and my family. The days of sitting in traffic for hours has ended.

That still does not mean the occasional flooded road, downed tree, or lost cow will not cause some delays!

 

Thank You for reading and thank you for supporting our family business!

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