Hancocks Bridge in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Alloway Creek Watershed
Wetland Restoration Site
Wetland Restoration Site
In addition to the ecological significance of the area, these lands are rich in historical importance. Native Americans called the area Wootsessungsing. In 1643, Johann Printz. Governor of “New Sweden” established a fort, Helsingborg or Fort Elisborg, at a location, now believed to be offshore, in the northern vicinity of the site. The arrival of John Fenwick in 1675 brought English domination to the region.
Houses built by early settlers can still be found in the area, including the Abel and Mary Nicholson House – a 1722 patterned-end brick house that under PSEG’s stewardship was named a National Historic Landmark in March 1999. The Hancock House,
Early in the recorded history of the region, portions of the site were diked and farmed. Marsh landowners and farmers formed meadow bank companies to provide oversight and assistance with dike maintenance. In the twentieth century, hunting and trapping were dominant uses and supported the formation of formal hunting clubs, such as the one that existed on Rich or “Eagle” Island.
Restoration of the Alloway Creek Watershed Site benefits the Delaware Estuary.
PSEG’s restoration project is allowing native grasses to naturally reestablish themselves on the site, and tidal flow is allowing fish, shellfish and other aquatic life, to use the site. In addition, many other species of animals, including shorebirds and other migratory waterfowl, use the site.
In an effort
For more information on the public access program call 1-888-MARSHES.
What is the
Estuary Enhancement Program?
Erected by State of New Jersey – Division of Parks & Forestry - the Nature Conservatory.
Location. 39° 30.522′ N, 75° 27.645′ W. Marker is in Hancocks Bridge, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Street (County Route 606) and Locust Island Road, on the right when traveling south on Poplar Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancocks Bridge NJ 08038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waving Acres of Grass (here, next to this marker); Old Bridges at this Location (a few steps from this marker); Patriots Massacred in the Hancock House (within shouting distance of this marker); Swedish Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patterned Brick Houses (about 300 feet away); Hancock House (about 400 feet away); Hancock House Massacre (about 500 feet away); Quinton’s Bridge (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancocks Bridge.
More about this marker. Two photos of the Alloway Creek Watershed Site appear on the left side of the marker. Two maps of the site also appear on the marker.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Science & Medicine • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.