Merchantville was officially named a borough in 1874 and has an interesting history. It has a major road crossing through its center, that our local contractors vans are often driving on. Today this section is called Maple Avenue and turns in Federal Street or Main Street and then Camden Avenue soon after you leave this town.
Washington led his troops down an earlier, much windier version of this now straight thoroughfare, on their return from the battle of Princeton. Merchantville was a dense forest in 1762 when the road was formed from use, and it wasn’t straightened until 1804. It was later bought and re-graveled in 1850 and called the Moorestown-Camden Turnpike. The Merchantville portion of the land it passed through held a major “pike” where you paid a toll for using the road. It was in a great location for making a break from your journey.
Rumors of the coming railroad in 1851 led to an increase of land acquisition and the transformation of the farmland there. Four Philadelphia merchants pioneered the modern town, building their homes along Maple Avenue and using the location to easily do business with travelers from both directions. Almost one hundred years later, the Hutchinson family began offering plumbing, heating, and eventually AC services to the progeny of those fine people.
The growing community of merchants and their families living or vacationing in the town inspires the name Merchantsville, though the “s” was soon dropped. Our local contractors still serve the merchants of Merchantville and fill any of their HVAC needs.
The opening and completion of the Ben Franklin Bridge in 1926 sparked the second period of major growth in the area. More families began to settle in the area with the introduction of commuter train service and easier access to Camden and Philadelphia.
Merchantville also started the tradition of “Children’s day” which is celebrated now in every Methodist church throughout the world on June 2, 1866. “Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church” was started in Merchantville in 1865. We at Hutchinson like the idea of Children’s day.
We provide services to several of the historical buildings in the area and we like keeping the heating, plumbing & air conditioning running smoothly for Merchantville families. Today there are around 3,800 people here. If any one of them requires a plumber for a leak or a full HVAC service, give us a call.
Hutchinson offers a wide variety of air conditioning services, both residential and commercial, to fit the specific needs of homeowners and business entities alike. Whether you are looking to install a whole new cooling system, or simply repair your current unit, you can trust our reliable team to get the job done.