Pilesgrove / Swedesboro
Nestled among the rural and scenic farm lands of Southern New Jersey, Pilesgrove is home to the Cowtown Rodeo, celebrating more than a half century of professional rodeo.
While in a rural setting, Pilesgrove is packed with fun attractions and interesting things to do.
Cowtown is acclaimed for being a highlight in the professional rodeo circuit. Rodeo performances are held every Sat. at 7:30 pm Memorial Day weekend in May through the last Saturday in Sept.
Cowtown Rodeo features all seven rodeo events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Come and join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls as they compete in the traditional sport of an Old West rodeo.
Refreshments are available at the rodeo and parking is free. In addition, a large flea market is open year-round.
The town is home to the Salem County Fair Grounds that holds events and festivals throughout the year, including the Delaware Valley Blue Grass Festival.
While in Pilesgrove check out the Wagon Wheel Restaurant. This family-owned establishment has been operating for 40 years and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full array of food to choose from.
Also try the Olympia Dairy Bar for superior ice cream. It's open from March through the fall. Nearby there's the Woodstown Diner with great food and good prices.
Pilesgrove also features the Four Seasons Family Campground that's a full service campground that offers swimming on a sandy beach with slide, fully equipped recreation hall and game room, basketball court, volleyball court, spacious children’s playground, fishing in the pond, special events every weekend in summer, activities director on staff.
For the outdoorsmen there's the Game Creek Hunting Farms in nearby Woodstown where visitors can hunt for turkey, pheasant and more.
A short drive from Pilesgrove is Swedesboro where visitors can enjoy a walking tour to see architectural dwellings that personify the Victorian era complete with gables, pointed arches and windows, lacy gingerbread trim and wrap around porches.
Colonial, Gothic Revival, Victorian and Georgian architecture styles are throughout the town.
One important attraction is the Sweeksboro area is The Gloucester County DREAM Park that was created to provide opportunities for those who own horses to have a place to participate in shows and competitions and also as a place to allow the public to experience the magnificence and beauty of these animals first hand.
The park is also a source of educational opportunities for the equestrian community, those with special needs and for any individual interested in learning more about horses.
The town was settled by a small group of Swedes from Pennsylvania and Delaware in the mid-1600s. The English Colonial government needed a road between the towns of Burlington and Salem so they built Kings Highway in 1691, which opened the southern portion of Gloucester County to more settlers.
The area offered an abundance of fertile sandy soil, prime farmland and vast tracks of oak, birch, maple and pine trees.