A large piece of land in South Jersey could become one of the Garden State’s most unique tourist spots, but development won’t come easy.
Burlington Island, which sits between Burlington, N.J. and Bristol, Pa., has a rich history dating back to the 17th century.
Karen Robbins, president and CEO of Woolman Community Development, says the island’s history tells the story of both peace and conflict.
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The island, which covers 400 acres, was the site of Lenape Indian villages, European pilgrim settlements and even an amusement park in the early 20th century.
Robbins is spearheading a plan to redevelop the island into a place that would become a tourist destination, while also connecting New Jersey to its history.
A plan proposed by Woolman Community Development includes a waterpark and a ropes course, along with a Native American marketplace, amphitheater and an archaeological museum.