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Somers Point in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Somers Mansion
 
Somers Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
1. Somers Mansion Marker
 
Inscription. Somers Mansion, thought to be the oldest house in Atlantic County, was built in the early 1720’s. The first record of the house is in the Meeting minutes of the Great Egg Harbor/Cape May Society of Friends in 1726 when the group met at the home of Richard Somers.

The three story brick home is constructed in the Flemish Bond Pattern---a style of brick laying that alternates headers (short ends of bricks) and stretchers (along sides of bricks) in a single course. One of the building’s outstanding features is the gambrel roof. Thought to have been constructed by a local shipwright, it resembles the upturned hull of a ship.

Through the years the house was expanded, more than doubling in size. It continued to be owned by generations of the Somers family until 1937 when it was deeded to the State of New Jersey as a lasting tribute to the original Somers family. At the family’s behest, it was restored to its original appearance. This was undertaken with assistance from the Works Progress Administration and dedicated in September 26, 1942.
 
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection*Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Location. 39° 18.582′ N, 74° 35.886′ W. Marker is in Somers Point, New Jersey
 
Somers Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
2. Somers Mansion Marker
The Mansion is in the background
 
, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Shore Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somers Point NJ 08244, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Getting Around Somers Point (here, next to this marker); Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); Bay Avenue Night Life (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Anchorage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shipbuilding (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bass Harbor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Greek Temple Monument War Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somers Point.
 
Also see . . .  Somers Mansion - Somers Point Historical Society. (Submitted on April 12, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Somers Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
3. Somers Mansion Marker
Photo from the marker showing the road to the bay.
 
 
Somers Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
4. Somers Mansion Marker
Sign on the post-State of New Jersey-Somers Mansion-circa 1725
 
 
Somers Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
5. Somers Mansion Marker
Close up photo of the Mansion
 
 
Somers Mansion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
6. Somers Mansion Marker
(Bronze Plaque) Somers Mansion, built in 1720, Deeded by Florence Hayday Brooks and Lulu Hayday Smith, daughters of Hannan Somers Hayday to the Atlantic County Historical Society as a permanent memorial. Deeded 1940 to the State of New Jersey.
 
 
Somers Mansion (1936) - Prior to Restoration Photo, Click for full size
By Nathaniel R. Ewan, May 19, 1936
7. Somers Mansion (1936) - Prior to Restoration
Photo courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 179 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   7. submitted on April 12, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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