Newfield, New Jersey: the town that’s so small, you've probably never heard of it. But don't let its size fool you. There's plenty of charm and character packed into this little slice of heaven.

Newfield is a borough in Gloucester County with 1,774 residents. As an illustration of how innocuous it is, Newfield boasts as its most famous resident a man named Job Bickell Ellis (1829–1905), a mycologist known for his collection and classification of fungi.

I think that pretty much sums up Newfield.

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Wikimedia/Townsquare Media illustration

But don’t let that fool you.

First up, the annual Borough of Newfield Community Day, which is a celebration of the town. A day for family, friends, and neighbors.

Every fall, townies gather for all-day fun for the entire family with inflatable bounces, carnival games, a pumpkin patch, face painting, and a fantasy photo shoot.

There's also a chicken barbecue (benefiting Newfield Swim Club) and other food truck vendors.

The people walk around the grove and check out the craft and product vendors as well.

Everything kicks off with a parade at noon, starting from the corner of Catawba and Boulevard. It’s the main event. Now, I know what you're thinking, "A parade in a tiny town? How exciting can that be?"

But let me tell you, the creativity and community spirit put into this will blow your mind.

Then, there’s the Matchbox Road Museum, the spot your childhood self has always yearned to go to.

Matchbox Road Museum via Facebook
Matchbox Road Museum via Facebook

Like many good niche museums, this collection began as the hobby of Newfield local Everett Marshall, according to When the collection outgrew his basement, he established the museum.

If you were a matchbox collector, you shouldn’t miss it.


But perhaps the best part of Newfield is its people. The residents here are friendly, down-to-earth, and always up for a good time.

Whether it's a backyard barbecue or a pickup game of softball at the town park, there's always a sense of camaraderie and belonging.

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So next time you're driving through South Jersey, make sure to stop by Newfield. You may just fall in love with this tiny town, just like anyone who visits does.

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