Long before the official incorporation in 1905, Audubon was fertile land with the first settler, John Low, buying parcels and residing here in 1750. Audubon and the surrounding areas were diverse in nature and heavily wooded, with small streams feeding into the Delaware River. Audubon was named after the famed naturalist John James Audubon, who had explored the surrounding area from 1829 until 1832 while he resided on Cooper Street near Third in Camden. He collected and drew many of the birds in the area of the present day Haddon Lake, then just a clear stream running through the woods. The great diversity in birds that inhabited or migrated through the town are well documented in Audubon's "Birds of America".
Audubon has the distinction of being the “Most Patriotic Small Town in America" as it is the hometown of three Medal of Honor Recipients: Samuel M. Sampler, WWI; Nelson V. Brittin, WWII and Korean War and Edward C. Benfold, Korean War. Both Brittin (U.S. Army) and Benfold (U.S. Navy) have been honored by the U.S. Navy with vessels named in their honor, the USNS Brittin (2000) and USS Benfold (1994).
Throughout the borough's history, the high school sports programs have had great success statewide. Starting with the 1960 football team that won the Colonial Conference and State Group 3 Championship to the baseball team that has won Six State Championships and 18 South Jersey Championships, Audubon has created an athletic legacy. Audubon has produced dozens of college and professional players and the most recent graduate to make it to our television screens is Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens.
What began as an area of farms with few residents has grown into the quiet family town it is today. "The history of Audubon...is a history of good people creating a good community..." the borough's 50th Anniversary booklet noted in 1955. Audubon continues those same traditions today with the revitalization of West Merchant Street and the Audubon Crossings Shopping Center and through the dedication of countless volunteer groups and organizations that continue to contribute in keeping Audubon a "good community of good people"
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