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Boynton Beach & Sewaren House Hotel

 
 
Boynton Beach & Sewaren House Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 3, 2018
1. Boynton Beach & Sewaren House Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Boynton Beach & Sewaren House Hotel

First known as Pierce’s Landing, Boynton Beach opened in 1877 when its founder Cassimer W. Boynton purchased a stretch of land along the Arthur Kill. The resort hosted a bathing beach with bath houses, picnic grove, hot air balloon rides, bowling alley, roller coaster and bamboo slide. A main attraction at the resort was Pierce’s Point, a dance pavilion hosting a live orchestra every Saturday evening. Acker’s Landing was a popular fishing spot and boat launch.

One of the resort’s most popular days to visit was “Salt Water Day,” commemorating the ancient Native American custom of coming to the site to bathe and eat oysters.

Situated at the foot of Ferry Street and overlooking Staten Island Sound, the Sewaren House Hotel was adorned with wide verandas where summer guests could relax and enjoy the breeze from the water. Visitors included Thomas Edison, President Grover Cleveland and actress Maude Adams. This magnificent structure was torn down in 1913 after a devastating fire; by 1914, Boynton Beach had completely shut down.

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Township Historic Preservation Commission
Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township 2013

 
Erected 2013 by Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #22 and #24 Grover Cleveland series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
 
Location. 40° 33.384′ N, 74° 16.88′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on N Park Drive near School Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fulton Street Train Wreck (a few steps from this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge (a few steps from this marker); Woodbridge Speedway (within shouting distance of this marker); M.D. Valentine & Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); General Nathaniel Heard (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); African-American Contributions (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fulton Street Neighborhood (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
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Boynton Beach & the Sewaren House Hotel
 
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3. Inset
The dance pavilion
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Another area attraction
Nearby Memorial Tree image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 3, 2018
5. Nearby Memorial Tree
Peter Duffy and Patricia Duffy Smith; two footpath waysides are visible in the background.
Memorial Tree plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, August 3, 2018
6. Memorial Tree plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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