|a section of Hunter St. Lake historically known as Hester's Branch|
|Ye Olde Mint with Frank H. |
Stewart Electric Co. on right
|"Rugby Pines" 510 Cooper Street|
|a section of old Hester's Branch|
|Hunter Street Lake and Bird Sanctuary|
Before the establishment of the lake system, Woodbury's waterways were defined by the natural formation of the various runoffs from the main Woodbury Creek tributary of the Delware River, such as Hester's Branch (see Hopkins, 1877 map below.) In 1959 Trustees of the estate of the late Frank Stewart donated approximately 20 acres of undeveloped land along E. Red Bank Ave to the City. They also donated north from Hunter St. to the railroad bridge, a section of Hester's Branch, for a game refuge and bird sanctuary in 1962. This area beside natural growth was landscaped previously by a Conservancy group with white and red dogwoods, willows, oaks, maples, birches, hawthorns, hemlocks, Douglas fir, cedars, cypress, Franklina, white pine, Austrian pine, hollys, and other varieties of trees and shrubs. The Frank H. Stewart Memorial Lake and Park project was finished in 1964. Stewart was also responsible for the later care and replanting of the infamous Lover's Lane, near "Rugby Pines." This particular lane was popular with the local couples as it provided a romantic and shady place to step out. The image (see below) was reproduced often on postcards of the day.
|a section of an 1877 map of Woodbury|
showing natural creek formation
before lake system development (Hopkins, 1877)
|trying to make sense of it all... (Woodbury, 2012)|
the small lake below the Cooper Street marker was historically
known as Green's Lake.
Hopkins, G. M. (1877). City of Woodbury: Gloucester county [map]. In G. M. Hopkins, Atlas of Philadelpia and environs. Philadelphia: F. Bourquin steam lithographic press. (pgs. 48-49).
Woodbury, NJ. (1963). Woodbury, New Jersey annual report: Lakes, parks and recreation. Woodbury, NJ.
Woodbury, NJ. (29 Apr. 2012). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved from http://maps.google.com/maps?q=stewart+lake+woodbury,+nj&hl=en&ll=39.841166,-75.141764&spn=0.033479,0.079823&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=35.357014,81.738281&t=h&hnear=Stewart+Lake&z=14