History of the Original Dutch Neck Village (from the original website dutchneckvillage.com)
This quaint country village of unique shops began in 1976. The original building, intended to be the office of Dutch Neck Landscaping owned by the Henry Hepner Family, opened as a plant shop and became the first of many shops.
That building and one other were built from material taken from the old Olivet Methodist Church, built in 1851 at Palatine, NJ. Another was built from the Eglington Cemetery Chapel, built in 1876 in Clarksboro, NJ.
The remaining shops were built with new lumber but were constructed in colonial and country designs.
From 1982 to 2008, visitors were able to spend a full day at the village having brunch, then lunch at our fine restaurant featuring home cooking at its best. An abundance of picnic tables invited shoppers to eat outside or just relax under the many shade trees in the quietness and beauty of a country setting.
Shoppers found a wide variety of unique shops offering many items not commonly found elsewhere. As visitors moved from one shop to another over brick sidewalks, they enjoyed the beautifully landscaped grounds and those interested in plants could possibly recognize some of the more than 200 varieties, many which were not labeled.
By spending a day at Dutch Neck Village, visitors could avoid the hustle and bustle of city and mall shopping while enjoying the thrill of finding that special gift for that special someone in some rather unique shops.
After it’s sale, the village continued to operate and feature events until it closed in 2013.
About the New Shoppes at Dragon Village
The property remained vacant for several years until the Pessolano family purchased the village in December 2017 and renamed the property, Shoppes at Dragon Village. We aim to restore the property to its original splendor and give the community back the shopping destination that we also loved visiting ourselves.