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Getting Around Somers Point

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
1. Getting Around Somers Point Marker
Inscription.  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 century, the main forms of mass transportation in this part of New Jersey were travel by sea or by overland wagons and stagecoaches traveling on rutted dirt roads. Growth though was slow, as overland travel was still arduous. This began to change in the latter part of the 19th Century with the advent of the railroad. Train lines were not only instrumental in the development of seashore resorts but were responsible for the connection and expansion of mainland towns as well.

Beginning in 1880, trains that became known as the Shore Fast Line connected Atlantic City and Ocean City by way of Pleasantville and Somers Point. Near this spot, the southbound
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By Don Morfe, April 2, 2013
2. Getting Around Somers Point Marker
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trains turned east and headed towards the bay. The remainder of the trip to the ocean was by way of ferry until 1907, when a train bridge was constructed. This rail service made its final run on January 18, 1948.

(Inscription under the Stage Coach placard) Facsimile of Stage coach placard (p62-300 Years at the Point: A History of Somers Point New Jersey, William E. Kelley. Somers Point: Magic Image Productions, Inc 1994)
 
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection*Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1948.
 
Location. 39° 18.582′ N, 74° 35.886′ W. Marker is in Somers Point, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Shore Road and George Street on Shore Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somers Point NJ 08244, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Somers Mansion (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); World War Memorial Bridge (about 700 feet away); World War Memorial Bridge across Great Egg Harbor Bay (about 800
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feet away); World War Memorial Bridge Across Great Egg Harbor Bay (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named World War Memorial Bridge (about 800 feet away); The Anchorage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somers Point.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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