Originally called “Glass Town,” this community was once the center of the glass-making industry. In addition to the proud legacy of premier glass manufacturing that dates back to the mid 1700s, the borough is also well remembered as "Summit City." Glassboro hosted the United States Presidential Summit between President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei N. Kosygin in 1967. Although a significant portion of the land is still devoted to agricultural activity, Glassboro is also a thriving residential area with an excellent system of public and private schools. The borough is home to the highly respected Rowan University, part of the New Jersey state university system. Several shopping centers that feature nationally known stores and scores of specialty shops make charming Glassboro a popular destination for visitors and a convenient hometown for residents.