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Founded in 1683 by Henry Wood, a Quaker who had come from England to escape persecution, Woodbury was named for a combination of its founder’s surname and Bury, Lancashire, England. Originally incorporated as a borough in 1854, Woodbury became a city in 1871. During the Revolutionary War, the British General Lord Cornwallis, who later surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown, had his headquarters in Woodbury. The city is bordered by Deptford Township, West Deptford Township, and Woodbury Heights, and is the seat of Gloucester County, New Jersey. Woodbury was the first city in the United States to mandate recycling.


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