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Greenwich Township is a township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. Greenwich Township was first formed on March 1, 1695, and was formally incorporated as one of New Jersey’s initial group of 104 townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Over the centuries, portions of the township were taken to form Woolwich Township (March 7, 1767), Franklin Township (January 27, 1820), Spicer Township (March 13, 1844; now Harrison Township), Mantua Township (February 23, 1853), East Greenwich Township (February 10, 1881) and Paulsboro (March 2, 1904). The township was named for Greenwich, England.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 12.032 square miles (31.164 km2), including 8.969 square miles (23.231 km2) of land and 3.063 square miles (7.934 km2) of water (25.46%).

Gibbstown (with a 2010 Census population of 3,739) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Greenwich Township.

Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Clements, Green, Monds Island and Thompsons Point.

The township borders Paulsboro, East Greenwich Township, and Logan Township. Greenwich Township also borders the Delaware River.

The Greenwich Township School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 658 students and 49.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.4:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Greenwich Township Elementary School with 253 students in grades K-4 and Nehaunsey Middle School with 213 students in grades 5-8.

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Paulsboro High School in Paulsboro as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Paulsboro Public Schools. As of the 2014-15 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 374 students and 36.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.3:1.

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 38.06 miles (61.25 km) of roadways, of which 23.72 miles (38.17 km) were maintained by the municipality, 8.96 miles (14.42 km) by Gloucester County and 5.38 miles (8.66 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Only one major county, state, U.S. and interstate passes through the township. The major county road is Route 551 Spur. State Route 44 passes through the center of the township while U.S. Route 130 and Interstate 295 (multiplexed together) pass near the southern center of town, with at least two interchanges: Exits 15 and 16, and 17 (on the border with neighboring East Greenwich Township).

Public transportation

NJ Transit bus service is available between the township and Philadelphia on the 402 route.

The Port of Paulsboro includes marine transfer operations at PBF Energy’s Paulsboro Refinery in Gibbstown and at Thompson Point, and is served by SMS Rail Lines for the rail spur to the refinery and the freight rail Penns Grove Secondary.

Nothnagle Log House is believed to be one of the oldest standing wooden structures built by European settlers in the Eastern United States. It is believed that it was built by early Finnish-Swedish settlers at some time after 1638 and before 1700, but its precise age has not been determined with scientific methods. A plaque at the house indicates that the structure was built between 1638–1643, while the National Register of Historic Places web site states: “Period of Significance: 1650-1699”.

The one-room cabin is constructed of square-hewn logs with a low-beamed ceiling with a large corner fireplace in a rear corner.

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