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Ocean County Markers
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat — Affair at Cedar Bridge1776-1783 — December 27, 1782
After searching several days for the notorious Capt. John Bacon, Capt. Richard Shreve of the Burlington County light horse and Capt. Edward Thomas of the Mansfield militia stopped with their men to refresh themselves near here at the Cedar Bridge Tavern. Bacon and his band of loyalists surprised the militia and blocked their escape. As the militia gained the advantage, they were fired upon unexpectedly by a party of locals, who came to Bacon’s aid and provided a diversion that allowed Bacon . . . — Map (db m42841) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat — Affair at Cedar BridgeDecember 27, 1782 — 1776 – 1783
After searching several days for the notorious Capt. John Bacon, Capt. Richard Shreve of the Burlington County light horse and Capt. Edward Thomas of the Mansfield militia stopped with their men to refresh themselves near here at the Cedar Bridge Tavern. Bacon and his band of loyalists surprised the militia and blocked their escape. As the militia gained the advantage, they were fired upon unexpectedly by a party of locals, who came to Bacon’s aid and provided a diversion that allowed Bacon to . . . — Map (db m70935) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — A Vanishing Summer VisitorPiping Plovers — Coastal Habitats
The sandy beach is home to breeding pairs of piping plovers (Charadrius melodus). They often follow each around the beach – one watching for predators while the other feeds. When searching for food, they will run a short distance, pause momentarily, and stare at wet sand for the gentle wiggle of a buried crustacean or mollusk. Piping plover populations have declined significantly in the past fifty years. Development near the shore has destroyed much of their summer breeding . . . — Map (db m44009) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Andrew Steelman
On October 25, 1782 Andrew Steelman and most of his crew, sleeping on the beach, were killed by Bacon’s Tories. — Map (db m34605) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Barnegat Lighthouse
Built 1857-58 by the Federal Lighthouse Board. First Lighted January 1, 1859. The present lighthouse replaced an earlier lighthouse built in 1834. The height of the light above sea level is 165 feet. Barnegat Lighthouse was built as a 1st order light, and was originally equipped with a Fresnel lens. Ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the State of New Jersey in 1926. The light was extinguished on January 1, 1944. Barnegat Lighthouse was placed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places on January 25, 1971. — Map (db m34624) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Birds of the BeachThe Sandy Beach — Coastal Habitats
The tides and the sandy seashore provide plenty of food for numerous shorebirds. Many different birds coexist here because they feed on slightly different marine and sand dwelling creatures. The body structure and behavior of each species is adapted for catching specific foods. Subtle differences in feeding adaptations minimize direct competition, allowing for every aspect of the habitat to be used and defining each species’ ecological niche or role in the ecosystem. The birds help . . . — Map (db m44008) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade
built this lighthouse in 1858. During the Civil War he commanded the Army of the Potomac, from Gettysburg to Appomattox (1863 – 1865) under Lt. Gen. U. S. Grant. [ Upper Marker: ] A portrait in bronze of the creator of Barnegat Lighthouse Lt. General George Gordon Meade by Boris Blai — Map (db m34623) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Maritime Forest TrailBarnegat Lighthouse State Park
Take a walk back through time when wooden schooners sailed the seas . . . When Cornelius May christened Barnegat Inlet “Barendegat” or “Breakers Inlet” in 1614, a vast maritime forest covered the barrier islands of New Jersey. Today, only small pockets of this habitat remain as a glimpse of what these forests were like. One of the last remnants of maritime forest on Long Beach Island exists at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Behind the protection of the primary dunes, . . . — Map (db m44011) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Maritime SentinelsAids to Navigation — Maritime History
Primary seacoast lights were located to warn mariners of their proximity to land, areas of danger, and to help set their course. Sandy Hook and Navesink Twin Lights marked the entrance to New York Harbor. Cape May and Cape Henlopen Lighthouses marked the entrance to the Delaware Bay. By 1852 lighthouses and lightships often looked so much alike that it was difficult to distinguish one from another. Today, each lighthouse has a “characteristic” or coded sequence of light flashes . . . — Map (db m34701) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Massacre at Long Beach
October 25, 1782, a British vessel ran aground near Barnegat City and was captured by patriot militiamen under Capt. Andrew Steelman. That night, while sleeping on the beach, Steelman and his men were massacred by Tory raiders led by John Bacon. — Map (db m34603) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Old Salty SurvivorsMaritime Forest — Coastal Habitats
When soil conditions are relatively stable on the barrier island, tree seedlings may begin to grow in the moist protected hollows behind the dunes. These maritime forests must not only take root in constantly shifting sands, but also survive the rigors of daily salt-laden winds. Red cedar, American holly, pitch pine, black cherry, and red maple comprise most of the forest. The proportions of each vary with environmental influences and the age of the island. For example, American holly thrives . . . — Map (db m44013) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — U.S. Merchant Marine WW II Memorial
This monument is a memorial to the U.S. Merchant Marine of World War II and to the Merchant Mariners and Navy Armed Guard who served together aboard cargo ships, troop transports, and oil tankers that delivered war material to our troops overseas. 820 of these vessels were lost and became steel coffins. Enemy submarines attacked and sank most of them, taking brave heroes to watery graves some within sight of this great lighthouse. This then is their cemetery. “May the deep sea where . . . — Map (db m34700) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Barnegat Light — Vigilant GuardianAids to Navigation — Maritime History
After a long journey across the Atlantic, mariners bound for New York Harbor welcomed the sight of the Barnegat Lighthouse lighting the way. It was constructed in 1834 as a navigational aid to guard Barnegat Inlet. Twenty years later, it was reported to be in poor condition. By 1856 shore erosion caused the lighthouse and keepers cottage to topple into the water. Construction of a replacement lighthouse began almost immediately and was operational by January 1, 1859. However, its life . . . — Map (db m34625) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Egg Harbor Township — Pulaski Legion MemorialLittle Egg Harbor Massacre
This tablet erected by the Society of Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey to commemorate the massacre of a portion of the legion commanded by Brigadier General the Count Casimir Pulaski of the Continental Army in the Affair at Egg Harbor, New Jersey October 15, 1778 in the Revolutionary War — Map (db m29783) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Lakehurst — Airship Hindenburg Disaster
Historic landmark commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Airship Hindenburg Disaster. On this site - May 6, 1937, 7:25 P.M. 36 people perished. — Map (db m4628) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Lakehurst — Hangar No. 1Lakehurst Naval Air Station
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States — Map (db m4630) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Leisure Village West-Pine Lake Park — Grand Army Of The Republic Memorial
to perpetuate the memory of the grand army of the republic — Map (db m42156) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Manahawkin — Manahawkin Skirmish
1776-1781 Manahawkin Skirmish December 1781 On this ground, Capt. Reuben Randolph led the Manahawkin militia (Company 5, 2nd Monmouth) against a force of British loyalists that was twice as large and commanded by the notorious Capt. John Bacon. During the action, Lines Pangborn was killed, and fellow patriot Sylvester Tilton was seriously wounded Erected by the Board of Chosen Freeholders to commemorate Ocean County’s role in the American Revolution on its 225th anniversary, 2001-2008 — Map (db m40580) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Point Pleasant Beach — 1st Sgt. Leonard G. LomellSecond Ranger Battalion
Dedicated to 1st Sgt. Leonard G. Lomell, a former member of Company D, 2nd Ranger Battalion, United States Army, World War II, in recongnition of his Distinguished Service to his unit and country. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 1st Sgt. Lomell, as an acting platoon leader, was the first Ranger wounded as his L.C.A. landed on the narrow beach below the 200-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Notwithstanding his wounds, he and his 2nd platoon climbed the cliffs despite the . . . — Map (db m7733) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Point Pleasant Beach — Point Pleasant Beach World War I Memorial
1917 - Honor Roll - 1918 [The plaque contains the names of 137 Point Pleasant Beach men who fought in World War I.] This tablet erected and dedicated by the citizens of Point Pleasant and vicinity. May 30, 1925 The Memorial was redicated in 1977 by the American Legion Post 196 and friends. — Map (db m7802) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Toms River — Old Revolutionary Cannon
Mounted by Toms River Camera Club 1908 — Map (db m26363) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Toms River — Preserving Baymen HeritageIndustry & Trade — Maritime History
Local mariners or “baymen,” found that they could support themselves almost entirely from the rich harvest of waterfowl, crabs, flounder, clams, oysters, and other native resources of the back bays. To navigate the shallow depths of these intercoastal waterways however, they needed to develop a series of specialized watercraft. Many of the various types of specialty boats and artifacts associated with local marine history are displayed here on the grounds of the Toms River Seaport . . . — Map (db m26364) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Toms River — Toms River Block House
Approximate site of the Toms River Block House. Burned by the British March 24, 1782. — Map (db m15685) HM
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