Donna on the Side at the Cherokee Challenge
by Donna Dye
Part 1 - about Marlton
MARLTON NJ 9/15/07 -- It's cross country time at Cherokee High School in Marlton New Jersey, and the 12th Cherokee Challenge. This year there were 84 teams and 2200 runners. It's an early season fun meet. The weather was great and all had a good time.
Marlton, originally called Evesham is part of Evesham Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, an area of townships which when taken together make up a suburan community across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It's roots go back to colonial times when Welsh and English Quakers in search of farmland settled in the area. The Evesham name comes from either Evesham, a Borough in England, near Stratford on River Avon or in honor of Thomas Eves, one of the first settlers who came from Evesham, England and in 1676 who owned several racts in the area. Sometime in the 19th century the the name was changed from Evesham to Marlton, probably due to the importance of Marl in the area. Marl is a naturally occurring mixture of green clay with remnants of shells that was used as a fertilizer, like manure.
The discovery of the marl clay in the local soils helped local business and farmers, and caused the first "building boom", occurring in the 1830s and 1840s. Marl continued to be excavated in Marlton until 1930, when the pits were shut down. The marl was sold locally, and shipped directly, by rail to Burlington City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlantic City for reshipping as an alternate for green manure, water treatment amendment , and semi-flowable fill. (Thank you, Wipikedia and Township of Evesham.) The Historic Village, Olde Marlton, remains mostly intact and the Township requires property owners to preserve the historical integrity of buildings in the village.
A starting point in Marlton is the marlton circle or the intersection of Route 70 and 73 where Olga's restaurant sits. You need to hurry to see it though, beacuse plans are in the making to eliminate the circle to improve traffic flow. From here you can get to West or East Main Street and over to the intersection of Maple and East Main Street, the Olde Marlton district.
There is an old part of Marlton that is referred to as Olde Marlton where homeowners are required to maintain the historical integrity of the homes.
DONNA ON THE SIDE
Now a look at Marlton.