Egg Harbor City, a charming and pleasantly sedate town of 5,800 inhabitants, inland between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, is neither a city nor a harbor.
With each share the new settler and stockholder acquired a 20 acre farm and the claim for a building lot 100 by 150 foot within the "town" (in the narrower sense of the word).
Settlers who were interested only in the city ground could purchase a city lot for $78.00.
The average tourist who rushes through the town on his way to the New Jersey seashore will probably not notice anything in particular.
Perhaps he will make a remark about the exceptionally large number of well kept gardens with beautiful trees and shrubbery.
Here as so often in American history the railroads brought a new political and economic impulse.
In the year 1854 a new railroad had been built, the Camden & Atlantic Railroad, connecting the big East coast lines running through Philadelphia with the newly opened seashore resort Atlantic City. It could not exist exclusively on the summer seashore traffic.
Soon the scheme of twin cities was dropped and the project was considerably reduced to still unmanageable proportions: one great commercial metropolis and harbor should be built on the seven-mile tract between the railroad and the Mullica River and should be named Egg Harbor City.
The Gloucester Farm and Town Association was incorporated on December 14, 1854.
The first railroad station for the settlement-to-be was named Cedar Bridge.