Discover Medford - "Historic in Nature"
Medford, New Jersey is an active modern community that retains its small town charm. Our almost 25,000 residents enjoy a great quality of life that includes a safe and healthy environment, excellent schools and first–rate recreational and cultural opportunities. A plethora of community organizations from lake clubs and sports teams tohistorical, nature and arts groups allow every resident to find rewarding opportunities for involvement.
Historic Medford Village’s quaint Main Street is lined with unique gift shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, and Medford's Art Center; which attracts visitors from throughout the area. Other attractions beckon, including Johnson’s Corner Farm, historic Kirby’s Mill, the Dr. James Still Education Center, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Indian Acres Tree Farm, the Air Victory Museum and South Jersey’s only arboretum at Medford Leas. Each on their own attracts hundreds and thousands to Medford annually. Our many parks, including several adjacent to the Village, offer walks, public playgrounds, a skate park, a dog park and ballfields galore.
Medford has special events virtually every month of the year and multitudes of options await visitors. Standouts are the Apple Festival in October, the Dickens Festival in early December, the Halloween Parade, the Independence Day Celebration complete with a grand fireworks display, and the Art, Music & Wine Festival in June. Others include Country Day and the Quilt Show at Kirby’s Mill, Autumn with the Animals at Cedar Run Refuge, fall hayrides and pumpkin picking at Johnson’s Farm and Indian Acres Tree Farm and a Holiday House Tour at Christmas time. Events along Main Street such as the Festival of Art, Music & Wine, the Fireworks, the Halloween Parade and the Dickens Festival are renowned, each attracting 20,000 area residents. Visit our Events page for all the details!!
Medford is located on the fringe and serves as the gateway to the Pinelands National Reserve, a treasure trove of history and ecology. Nestled within the beautiful landscape of the South Jersey Pine Barrens, Medford is conveniently located in Burlington County in close proximity to both the Jersey Shore and the city of Philadelphia. From Medford visitors can drive out to the Pine Barrens in search of historical sites, ghost towns, the infamous Jersey Devil, and restored villages such as Batsto and Whitesbog. They can explore protected and pristine environmental riches including forests, wetlands, streams, wildflowers and wildlife, or engage in outdoor adventures from hiking, camping and canoeing to nature photography. As the gateway to the Pines, if the great outdoors calls, find more information at www.nj.gov/pinelands or www.visitsouthjersey.com.
Churches and old cemeteries are another point of interest for locals and visitors alike. Burlington County was settled by Quakers and the Religious Society of Friends has been active in Medford since 1759. In addition to two Quaker meetinghouses, Medford has historic Methodist and Baptist churches. The original Episcopal Church is now a home, but retains its early look. Old cemeteries dot the township, including several old family plots unaffiliated with religious organizations.
Our area of Burlington County has its roots in agriculture and Medford offers a wealth of agri-tourism opportunities within the township and nearby. From modern-day pick-your-own and organic produce farms, to alpaca and Clydesdale horse establishments, horticulture cooperatives, and wineries, there is much to experience in all seasons.
Medford was the only town in New Jersey to be included in the National Geographic’s Guide to Small Town Escapes and its easy to see why we have distinguished ourselves as one of the premiere suburbs in the Philadelphia region. Perhaps National Geographic summed it up best: “Medford…. Pine garlands and twinkling white lights provide a Victorian touch to tiny Medford in early December, when the whole township crowds Main Street for the annual Dickens celebration. A cool, northerly wind sends aloft the sweet aroma of steaming apple cider and cinnamon, as bundled-up revelers, carolers, characters from a Christmas Carol, and musicians alike greet familiar faces, of which there are many. For that’s the kind of place Medford is; a friendly tight knit community where everyone knows everyone.” National Geographic Books, Guide to Small Town Escapes, April 2000. Click here to read the entire article.