History Notes: Frontier Town, Cardiff

Chief Halftown chats with young Pat Garbutt at Frontier Town.

Courtesy of GEHTHS

Welcome to History Notes, our weekly feature that looks back through Egg Harbor Township's past. Each week we learn or reminisce courtesy of Lynn Wood of the Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society, who shares early photos of places in Egg Harbor Township with readers online and in print.

"Chief Halftown,” from the popular children’s Philadelphia television show of the same name, chats with young Pat Garbutt at Frontier Town, a Western-themed amusement park which was located in the Cardiff section of the township in the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

Sally Starr, another television personality, made frequent visits as well. The area of Frontier Town is now a wooded lot behind the Frank Theaters and Outback Steakhouse.

Upcoming events

Mike Galvin will present the Irish Celli Band and the Emerald Isle Dance Group led by Katie O’Brien 7 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave. Jeff MacNeill’s bagpipe players and drummers will also be performing.

Location is the large multipurpose room. Admission is $2, with proceeds benefiting the historical society, and free for GEHTHS members and students. There will be free refreshments. Membership applications are available.

The GEHTHS Museum and Research Library, 6647 West Jersey Ave., is open 1-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Connect on Facebook at Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society Museum, call 609-813-2002 or see gehthsmuseum.org.

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