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Belmar in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Shark River Salt Works

 
 
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By R. C.
1. Shark River Salt Works Marker
Inscription.
April 8, 1778
Destruction of
Shark River Salt Works

On this date some 150 men, composed of British Highlanders and loyalists, landed south of Shark River and completely destroyed the salt-works which produced this commodity essential to the well-being of the American soldiers. They were driven off by some fifteen Monmouth Militia, whom they thought to be scouts for a larger group, in such a panic that they swamped some of the longboats used to ferry them to the three British vessels lying offshore.

The salt was produced by boiling the sea-water in large flat pans over wood fires until only the salt was left.

Dedicated July 4, 1976, on the 200th anniversary of our independence from Great Britian.
 
Erected 1976 by Belmar Bicentennial Committee.
 
Location. 40° 10.883′ N, 74° 0.717′ W. Marker is in Belmar, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Ocean Ave, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the base of the flagpole in Silver Lake Park, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Marker is in this post office area: Belmar NJ 07719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Malta Shipwreck (approx. 0.2
Shark River Salt Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Shark River Salt Works Marker
miles away); The Spirit of the American Doughboy (approx. 0.8 miles away); World War II Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Korean - Vietnam - Persian Gulf Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Breslin War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bradley Beach World War I Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); President Wilson’s Asbury Park Executive Offices (approx. 2.4 miles away); Soldiers’ Monument (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belmar.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,259 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 9, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   2. submitted on June 28, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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