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New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic
From September 19 to 24 1910, about 45 years after the last shot of the Civil War was fired, the 44th National Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Encampment(convention) was held in Atlantic City. The G.A.R., a Union (Northern) Civil War veteran's organization, had in attendance over 18,000 of its 214,000 members arriving from across the nation, many still suffering from wounds inflicted decades before in the War Between the States. The days of the gathering were marked by parades, and meetings . . . — Map (db m36236) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — 87th Infantry Division Monument
To the men of the 87th Infantry Division Whose supreme sacrifice in the world wide conflict for liberty and freedom during World War II shall not pass unheralded Erected by the 87th Infantry Division Association September 29, 1956 A.D. Joseph Nash Belack National Commander — Map (db m6890) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Absecon Lighthouse
Over the years, these grounds contained a variety of buildings that supported the Lighthouse operation. As you look around, envision the oil storage house with a greenhouse and sheds behind it, a square brick building housing the Weather Bureau to the left and the Life-Saving Station in the right corner. All these buildings were within the confines of the present corner property. Weather Bureau The Department of Agriculture Weather Bureau constructed a two-story building on the west side . . . — Map (db m46297) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Assistant Keepers’ DwellingAbsecon Lighthouse
When Absecon Lighthouse was first lit in 1857, a principal keeper and assistant keeper lived on site with their families. The dwelling for an assistant keeper was built during the original Lighthouse construction. Interior alterations in 1887 converted the building to accommodate two assistant keepers and their families. Further exterior alterations were completed in 1893, giving the two families more space and privacy. The assistant keepers’ dwelling was demolished in the 1940s, along with the . . . — Map (db m46288) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Atlantic City Workers Monument
Dedicated to the men and women of organized labor who lost their lives while working on the redevelopment of Atlantic City We honor these workers [List of 25 names follow] "You will always be remembered" Erected April 28, 1998 by the members of the Atlantic - Cape May County CLC–AFL–CIO on behalf of their fallen brothers and sisters. — Map (db m36947) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Camp Boardwalk
In commemoration of Atlantic City’s finest hour ... Dedicated to the thousands of men and women of the United States Armed Forces who trained, served and recovered here from their wounds of battle during World War II—and to the devoted citizens of Atlantic City and Atlantic County who served and helped to make them feel at home. — Map (db m5089) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Casino Control Act
On Thursday, June 2, 1977, New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne signed into law the Casino Control Act, enabling New Jersey to become the second state in the United States to allow casino gaming. This landmark Atlantic City event took place on this site, in front of historic Boardwalk Hall. — Map (db m7872) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Greek Temple Monument War Memorial
This monument was erected in 1922 by the City of Atlantic City in honor of those of her citizens who served in the World War · 1917–1918. — Map (db m6615) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Home of the Miss America Pageant
Atlantic City Convention Center "Home of the Miss America Pageant" Presented to The Miss American Pageant in commemoration and deep appreciation of their love affair with Atlantic City for the past six decades Dedicated January 21, 1987 by the Atlantic City Convention Center Authority and the citizens of Greater Atlantic City — Map (db m5795) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its NameHistoric Atlantic City: Missouri Avenue, 1900-1950's
Between 1900 and the early 1950s, African-Americans were socially restricted to use the Missouri Avenue Beach Area. Since many vacationing Black families arrived with chicken-laden hampers, the strip became affectionately named “Chicken Bone Beach.” Visiting Black entertainers, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., “Moms” Mabley and the Club Harlem Showgirls enhanced the Black party atmosphere. Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc. Email: . . . — Map (db m36900) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — James L. Usry — 1922-2002
Born in Athens, Georgia, this educator, mayor, professional athlete and longtime Atlantic City resident was affectionately known as “Big Jim.” He was a 6' 6" giant of a man who never raised his voice. Jim was a classroom teacher and school principal, rising to the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Atlantic City public schools, and a visionary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. School Complex. Usry graduated from Lincoln University in 1946 with a B.A. and received a Masters . . . — Map (db m37066) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — John Herbert Brooks — 1936 - 2005
An Atlantic City native, Brooks spent his early years in a life and death struggle with drug addiction. After conquering his own addiction, he worked to deter others from substance abuse. In 1969, Brooks co-founded NARCO, Inc., and, with volunteers, began to treat alcohol addiction. Several years later the group incorporated as the Institute for Human Development (IHD), a substance abuse program that set the bar for treatment programs across the nation. He served as the Institute’s Executive . . . — Map (db m37308) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Keeper’s DwellingAbsecon Lighthouse
The light from Absecon Lighthouse first beamed out across the Atlantic Ocean in 1857. At that time, the Lighthouse consisted of the original keeper’s dwelling, a thirty-foot connecting passageway and the tower. In 1903, adding a two-story addition to the front, removing the attic and changing the roofline expanded the keeper’s dwelling. By 1933, the bright lights and rising skyline of Atlantic City had diminished the beam’s effectiveness. The Light was decommissioned. The keeper’s dwelling was . . . — Map (db m46304) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Lighthouse HistoryAbsecon Lighthouse
The ocean waters off Absecon Inlet were considered some of the most deadly along the East Coast. Between 1847 and 1856, at least sixty-four ocean-going ships were lost off the coast of Absecon Beach. Dr. Jonathan Pitney, who promoted the development of Atlantic City, lobbied the federal government for a lighthouse as early as the 1830’s. In the first ten months after Absecon Lighthouse was lit in 1857, not a single ship was wrecked. When built, the Lighthouse stood about 1200 feet from the . . . — Map (db m46273) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — New Jersey Korean War Memorial
Freedom is Not Free [Following the title is a list of New Jersey veterans who died in the Korean War. See link below for a list of "those who did not return."] Map (db m5797) WM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Pierre Hollingsworth — 1931 - 2007
An Atlantic City native, he served in the Army’s 584th Medical Corp during the Korean War. He attended the New Jersey College of Commerce, Atlantic Community College and the New York Institute of Technology. He was one of five Blacks to integrate the fire department and to promote the advancement of its minority members. Hollingsworth was one of the first captains to command an integrated fire station, retired from the fire department at the rank of Deputy Chief, and then became the third . . . — Map (db m37284) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — POW / MIA Monument
Throughout history, we have answered our country's call to arms, for freedom, for justice, for self - determination of an ally. We have served and sometimes paid in grim coin the price exacted.

Through no fault of ours, somehow we were left on foreign shores.

Some of us lie in unmarked graves. Some of us remain behind prison bars. Some of us serve as slave laborers. Yet all of us yearn to be returned to the land of our birth.

Whether to live out the remainder of . . . — Map (db m51206) HM

New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Sara Spencer Washington — 1889 - 1953
A Virginia entrepreneur who headed north in 1911, opened Arctic Avenue Beauty Salon in Atlantic City. She expanded by teaching beauty culture door-to-door with products of the day, some self-styled. Madame Washington, as she would later be called, patented a hair curl-remover and later incorporated as Apex Beauty Products. That company would eventually manufacture more than 70 products sold by some 45,000 Apex agents nationwide. Her Apex School of Scientific Beauty Culture became established . . . — Map (db m37109) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Spanish War Marker
"You triumphed over over obstacles which would have overcome men less brave and determined."                           President McKinley Presented by the Auxiliary United Spanish War Veterans 36th Annual Convention September 10-14, 1939 Atlantic City, New Jersey — Map (db m5790) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — The Life-Saving StationAbsecon Lighthouse
By 1872, the first life-saving station was in operation on the corner of the Lighthouse property. This simple building, with some periodic renovations, served until the second, larger and more ornate station was constructed in 1884. The new life-saving station was designed by Paul Johannes Pelz, the architect of the U. S. Library of Congress. The Atlantic City Life-Saving Station was one of four designed by Pelz, the others being at Deal and Bay Head, New Jersey, and Brenton Point in Newport, . . . — Map (db m46289) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — The Whaling Bark StaffordAbsecon Lighthouse
Before construction of Absecon Lighthouse, many ships and many lives were lost off the coast of Absecon Island. Even though the beam from this light lessened these losses, other disasters plagued seagoing vessels. The anchor you see here, weighing 1,805 pounds, may be one of two that were recovered by fishing boat crews working near Cape May. It may originally have sailed aboard the United States Navy Destroyer Jacob Jones, which was hit by German torpedoes in February 1942 and sank in . . . — Map (db m46291) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — They Called It “KY & The Curb”Historic Atlantic City - Kentucky Avenue, 1933-1980's
For more than four decades Kentucky Avenue ruled the East Coast Music scene. The greatest jazz and blues stars of all time filled its many clubs with round-the-clock entertainment - including Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Atlantic City’s national treasure, drummer Chris Columbo and his Swing Crew in the forties and fifties. [Photo captions:] As the other nightclubs called it a day, KY & the Curb was just getting hot. In the glory days of . . . — Map (db m36952) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Bargintown — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Men and Women of Atlantic County who have served their nation in the Armed Forces of the United States. — Map (db m64272) WM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Batsto — Exploring the PinelandsPinelands National Reserve
The 1.1 million acre New Jersey Pinelands covering nearly one quarter of the state, is a region of varied resources and opportunities. The Pinelands is home to almost twelve hundred species of plants and animals, many unique natural environments, and a rich folklife based on its natural wealth. Pinelands ecosystems include coastal wetlands, pine/oak upland forests, and white cedar swamps. A major influence on these resources lies within the sandy soil—over 17 trillion gallons of water . . . — Map (db m64194) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Batsto — Wharton State ForestPinelands National Reserve
Wharton State Forest, located in the heart of the Pinelands, is the largest single tract of state-owned land in New Jersey, containing well over 120,000 acres. Important natural resources, historic villages and recreational opportunities can be found at every turn. Historic Towns In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a web of industrial centers thrived in what is now Wharton State Forest. Fueled by the natural resources, towns like Bulltown, Harrisville, Friendship, and . . . — Map (db m64192) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Belcoville — Bethlehem Loading Co.W.W.1 (World War 1)
Administration Buildings-These 8 buildings contained police barracks, horse stables, garage, U.S. Army office, the telephone exchange, employment and dispensary. — Map (db m64271) WM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Egg Harbor City — The Roundhouse MuseumNew Jersey Register of Historic Places Site
Welcome to the site of Dr. Smith’ Neutral Water Sanitarium. Before you is the focal point of the sanitarium, the flowing cedar waters in the serpentine creek. The site before you and behind you was the destination of hundreds of people from the surrounding area of New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. For more information, visit the Roundhouse Museum or contact us at Help us keep our history alive. — Map (db m64260) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — A Pane in the Glass FactoryWharton State Forest
In the 1840s, Batsto’s iron industry was failing due to competition from new iron industries using coal and iron ore (magnetite) rather than charcoal and bog ore (limonite). Looking for another industry to keep Batsto profitable, Jesse Richards built a window glass factory on this site. Although nothing remains today, this is the site of the Batsto Glass Factory. The raw materials used in making glass (sand, lime and wood for fuel) were in abundant supply here. The Batsto Glass Factory used . . . — Map (db m76154) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — Auxiliary Power System
This series of belts and jackshafts were installed in the late 19th century. They were powered by the gristmill’s turbine, Their purpose was to turn grindstones for sharpening tools and to power the corn sheller housed in the adjacent corncrib. — Map (db m76162) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — Bog OreLimonite – Fe2O3-3H2O
Ore of this type was used in the Batsto Furnace. It can still be found in the coves, swamps and bogs of the Pine Barrens. — Map (db m76160) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — Ore Boat or Barge
This boat is typical of the barges used to carry bog iron ore to the Batsto Furnace. It is estimated to be 150 years old and is 43 ft. long, with an 11 ft. beam. The boat was excavated from the north side of the Batsto Dam in 1957. — Map (db m76159) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — Swimming the Ladder to SuccessWharton State Forest
While the Batsto Dam provided power to a once prospering village, it halted the natural migration of spawning fish. The Batsto River Fishway Project provides a pathway over the dam. This project improves the aquatic ecosystem and provides increased recreational opportunities by allowing migratory fish access to historic spawning and foraging habitat. Three Fishes Go Up the Ladder The Batsto River is a diverse ecosystem that historically included migratory routes of alewife, blueback . . . — Map (db m76157) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — Wagon
Although the exact date and manufacturer of this wagon are not known, it is possible that it was made by the Auburn Wagon Works in Martinsburg, WV around 1900. Wagons were used to transport goods both on the farm and to local markets, boat landings and railheads. Goods shipped to Batsto were delivered by boat or railroad and then carried overland by wagon. — Map (db m76163) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — William K. Phillis War Memorial
All Wars Memorial in honor of Veterans of all Wars who served and gave their lives in an effort to protect our country and to preserve out freedom justice and democracy. Dedicated as the William K. Phillis War Memorial World War II Korean War Missing in Action — Map (db m76169) WM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Hammonton — Wiltsey's Sawmill
Built by Charles Wiltsey in 1800. Later sold to David Albertso who ran the mill into the 1840's. Located on Great Swamp branch of the Egg Harbor River. — Map (db m88457) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), May Landing — The Presbyterian Church Mays Landing
Cornerstone laid in 1841 on land donated by Samuel Richards. Services began in 1842. — Map (db m64269) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Mays Landing — Fallen Soldiers Memorial
Dedicated to all those who gave their lives for their country. — Map (db m64268) WM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — 3rd Battalion Gloucester County Militia
In honor of the men of the 3rd Battalion Gloucester County Militia Col. Richard Somers – Commanding Killed in Action Pvt. Forrest Bellangy (Killed at Trenton #2) Pvt. John Cain (Murdered while POW in Tuckerton) Lt. John Lucas (Killed in post-Red Bank fight) Capt. Henry Snell (Killed by friendly fire at Long Beach Island) Capt. Andrew Steelman (Murdered while POW at Long Beach Island) 3 other unnamed men killed a Petticoat Bridge/Mt. Holly Wounded in Action Maj. Elijah Clark . . . — Map (db m76164) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Battle of Chestnut Neck
In honor of the Brave Patriots of the Revolutionary War who defended their liberties and their homes in a battle fought near this site October 6, 1778 ---------- Dedicated October 6, 1911 Lower Plaque: Erected by the State of New Jersey through the efforts of Gen. Lafayette Chapter N.S.D.A.R. Commissioners Miss Sarah N. Doughty, Mrs. Jos. Thompson, Mrs. J.J. Gardner Forward Marker: In memory of those Brave Patriots who took part in the Battle of Chestnut Neck to further the cause of . . . — Map (db m10811) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — British Anchor
This anchor, believed to be from a British Merchant ship captured by Privateers and sunk during the Battle of Chestnut Neck, October 6, 1778 Has been donated to the Col. Richard Somers Chapter, New Jersey Society, Sons of the American Revolution by the Chestnut Neck Boat Yard The Bruno, Schutz and Meyer Family October 6, 2011 — Map (db m76165) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Clark's Mill Meeting House
This stone marks the site of the Clark's Mill Meeting House the first Presbyterian church in Atlantic County built 1761 used until 1820 — Map (db m40603) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Early Meeting House
Clark's Mills Meeting House, built by Thomas Clark about 1762, where preached the Rev. John Brainerd, stood on site of Clark Burying Ground. Thomas Clark, builder of the church, Thomas, Adrial, and Parker Clark, Revolutionary soldiers, are buried here. — Map (db m40582) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Franklin Inn
Eighteenth century inn possibly built 1750 One time home of Sea Captain and privateer Micajah Smith — Map (db m10869) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Meeting House
In 1800, Micajah Smith built a Methodist Church on this site. Smith, a Revolutionary privateer captain, is buried here. — Map (db m10870) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Privateers1776 – 1783
In honor of the “Privateers” who sailed and fought for American Independence “1776 – 1783” “Captains”                    “Ships” Samuel Allen John Badcock                  Rainbow John Baudouine              Governor Clinton Samuel Bigelow              Whaleboat Andrew Brown               Endeavour Nathan Brown                Jack Samuel Brown              Civil Usage Joseph Edwards            Luck & Fortune Rufus Gardner              . . . — Map (db m40339) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Ship’s Rib
Thought to have been sunk during the Battle of Chestnut Neck, October 6, 1778. Recovered during extreme low tide, 1971. — Map (db m76167) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Smith's Meeting House
Built by Micajah Smith about 1800. Named "Methodist Union Chapel at Blackman's Mills" when incorporated in 1837. Micajah Smith, John Van Sant, privateer captains, and Jonas Morse and James Bell, Revolutionary soldiers, are buried in the Church Yard. — Map (db m40587) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Port Republic — Welcome to Port Republic, New Jersey
The first settlement in what is now known as Atlantic County was made at Chestnut Neck, on the west bank of the Mullica River, near where the village of Port Republic is now located. In 1637, John Mullica sailed up the river that took his name, landing at Chestnut Neck, Green Bank and Sweetwater (now Pleasant Mills), from thence he journeyed across the county to Mullica Hill, where he settled, lived and died. The river and town still bear the name of the first employer of this section of New . . . — Map (db m76179) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — Bass Harbor
Bass Harbor was a busy port for barges and sloops which carried produce, wood and ice to local businesses and residences. From privateering and smuggling, to clamming and fishing, to recreational boating, the bayfront has always played an active part in the economy of Somers Point. — Map (db m64277) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — Bay Avenue Night Life
Gateway Casino, Tony Mart’s Bay Shores, Steel’s Ship Bar were all located at this end of Bay Avenue. They made up the musical heart of the bay-front, from the big bands and marathon dances of the 30’s and 40’s to the rock and roll greats of the 50’s and 60’s. — Map (db m64290) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — Getting Around Somers Point
Due to its location on the water, this area has historically been a transportation hub. In 1717, John Somers, Supervisor of Roads for Cape May County, began work on the Nacote Trail. Now known as Shore Road, it connects Somers Point with Port Republic and Tuckerton. It also connects Somers Point with Mays Landing. This was the first of many area roads to have its terminus here and the ease of travel it allowed helped to grow this ship building port. Until the middle of the nineteenth . . . — Map (db m64291) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — Shipbuilding
Due to the deepwater harbor and the availability of timber, shipbuilding thrived along the Great Egg Harbor Bay from 1860-1890. Three-masted schooners, the likes of the Emma Cottingham and the 21 Friends, as well as sloops and barges dotted the bayfront. Van Sant’s at the foot of New Jersey Avenue was the last of the large shipyards. Boats were launched at the ends of Somers Avenue, George Street, and Delaware Avenue, Horses pulled boats from Sooy’s Boatworks at Pennsylvania and Shore Road down Delaware Avenue to the bay. — Map (db m64278) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — Somers Mansion
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 . . . — Map (db m64293) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — The Anchorage
Dating from the late 1800’s, this empire-style building was one of the many tavern-hotels in the historic district. Tourists came for fishing parties, sea bathing, hearty food, healthful sea air, and a bay view from the veranda. — Map (db m64280) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Somers Point — Transportation
Shore Road, completed in 1731, was the main artery for transportation and trade connecting Nacote Creek (Port Republic) to Somerset Plantation (Somers Point) and to Cape May County by Job’s Ferry. In 1880, connecting Philadelphia to Ocean City, stopping at Somers Point. The West Jersey Railroad connected Atlantic City to Somers Point. Trolley cars ran from Atlantic City to Somers Point on Shore Road, and the Shore Fast Line, circa 1906, made its way under the Shore Road Bridge and at the waterfront traversed the bay to Ocean City. — Map (db m64289) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Weymouth — Atlantic County Parks Along the Great Egg Harbor River
Canoe trips: Canoeists can enjoy 12 miles of natural pine barrens environment along the Great Egg Harbor River from Penny Pot in Folsom through Weymouth Park to Lake Lenape in Mays Landing. Trip length varies from 2 hours to all day, depending on put-in and take-out points and river conditions. — Map (db m64263) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Weymouth — Welcome to Atlantic County's Park at Weymouth Furnace
Welcome to Atlantic County’s Park at Weymouth Furnace which was developed around the remains of an early 1800’s iron furnace. These remains are an important link to Atlantic County’s rich history. This furnace turned out iron pipe and utilitarian pieces but was called to duty to make weaponry for the War o 1812, giving it national historical significance. A paper mill was operated at this site from the late 1860’s until 1887. Signage to help visitors interpret the history of his site is under . . . — Map (db m64264) HM
New Jersey (Atlantic County), Weymouth — Weymouth FurnaceAtlantic County Historical Society
Early 19th Century South Jersey iron furnace. Iron was produced from “Bog Ore” mined in surrounding swamps and brought to furnace by small barges poled along canals. Iron Castings, Stoves, Pots and Pans were made. Weymouth cast cannon and ball for war of 1812 and first iron pipe for the City of Philadelphia. A paper mill was erected here shortly after the furnace closed in 1862. All operations ceased about 1887. Weymouth Tract presented to Atlantic County Historical Society by Lake Lenape Land Co. Mays Landing. — Map (db m64262) HM
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