Bivalve in Cumberland County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Delaware Bay and River
Port of Call
—Bivalve, New Jersey —
This description might fit any number of small working waterfronts in the Mid-Atlantic region. But it especially fits this Delaware Bay community that is just far enough away from sprawling eastern-seaboard cities to maintain its identity.
The town of Bivalve is rooted in the salty wetlands at the mouth of the Maurice River. It owes it name and history to the rich oyster beds that thrive just under the surface of this coastal-estuary region.
In the mid-19th century, a railroad linked Bivalve to a network of trade routes as an “oyster planting”—transplanting seed oysters to privately cultivated bay bottom to grow, and harvesting mature oysters for transfer to markers. The harbor in Bivalve once teemed with oyster schooners, often six-deep off the piers.
Oyster production was hit hard by an oyster disease in the 1950s and again in the 1980s, as well as by government regulations, ecological changes, and lower prices being paid for oysters. As the oyster
The Bayshore Discovery Project was founded in 1988 to “motivate people to take care of the environment, the history, and the culture of New Jersey’s bayshore region. “Their work includes restoration of the A.J. Meerwald, and oyster schooner built in 1928 and designated New Jersey’s official tall ship in 1988. Education programs on land and under sail serve as models for environmental preservation and stewardship. Local residents have become involved in environmental education as crew and as teachers, maintaining cultural continuity in New Jersey’s historic oyster capital.
Erected by Bayshore Discovery Project.
Location. 39° 13.986′ N, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 High Street, Port Norris NJ 08349, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Schooner AJ Meerwald (here, next to this marker); Bivalve Oyster Shipping Sheds (here, next to this marker); Ecology in the Watershed (here, next to this marker); Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Maurice River (within shouting distance of this marker); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (approx. 2.6 miles away); A Guiding Light (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bivalve.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 292 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.