The Township of Galloway was created by Royal Patent of King George III
of England on April 4, 1774. At that time it was part of Old Gloucester
County, and comprised of what is now Hammonton, Mullica Township, Egg
Harbor City, Port Republic, Brigantine, Atlantic City, and the northern
part of Absecon.
Historians are unsure as to how Galloway got its name. One opinion is
that is was named after an area in Scotland known as Galloway Mull.
The other theory is that it was named after Joseph Galloway, a Loyalist
delegate to the Continental Congress.
Galloway Township has a rich history. Its first inhabitants
were Lenni-Lenape native Americans followed by European settlers.
During the Revolutionary War Galloway was an important shipping area and
the site of the Battle of Chestnut Neck (Chestnut Neck is now a part of
Port Republic.) A stagecoach route ran through Galloway from 1773 until
the railroad arrived in 1854 (Great Creek Road was once a railroad line
to Brigantine). The legend of the Jersey Devil originated in the Leeds
Point section of Galloway.
This brief history is an excerpt from the Galloway Township Police
Department website. The information was compiled by Officer Joseph J.
- A municipal entity committed to maintaining
its position as a family oriented community, recreationally and socially
active, promoting a high quality of life for all ages and income levels.
- A community where diversity is valued;
freedom of expression is encouraged and protected; where the beauty of the
suburban environment and natural environment is preserved.
- A community acknowledged as a major entity in
the region providing a viable local economy with sustainable development and
- A community served by a municipal government
cohesively led, financially strong, always striving to improve with a
commitment to excellence.
The Township of Galloway in partnership with
the community and through the efforts of dedicated employees and elected
officials, will provide municipal services, public improvements and economic
development activities in an efficient and effective manner in order to
preserve and enhance the quality of life within our community.