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By James R. Murray, September 12, 2016
Veterans Plaza Marker
New Jersey (Cape May County), Avalon — Veterans PlazaAvalon, New Jersey
This memorial dedicated to those who served their country in the armed forces Avalon N J Sept 1949 Veteran's Plaza — Map (db m97728) WM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Beesley's Point — Rebecca and Sarah StillwellWomen’s Heritage Trail
According to local legend, during the Revolutionary War, Rebecca Stillwell Willetts looked out into the Great Egg Harbor Bay from Golden’s Point (now called Beesley’s Point). Looking through her father’s spyglass, she saw that a British sloop had . . . — Map (db m92392) WM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Atlantic City Railroad - Cape May Division
The Cape May Division of the Atlantic City (Philadelphia & Reading) Railroad ran from Winslow Junction to Cape May City with branches to Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Wildwood. This railroad was initially instrumental in the . . . — Map (db m114600) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Bats on the MoveBat Migration — Wildlife Migration
From April to October, New Jersey’s bats feed almost exclusively on nocturnal insects, eliminating thousands of mosquitoes and flying pests each night. But when winter comes, most bats migrate to find alternative food sources or hibernation roosts. . . . — Map (db m43974) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Cape May County Fishermans Memorial
Dedicated to fishermen lost at sea,1988 He hushed the storm to a gentle breeze and the billows of the seas were stilled. — Map (db m22001) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Cape May during World War II
From 1940 to 1945, Cape May was bustling with military activity. The Army, Navy and Coast Guard all had bases in the area. Throughout the war years, Cape May continued to operate as a coastal resort and promote itself to visitors. Tourism, however, . . . — Map (db m34614) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Cape May Lighthouse
Welcome to the Cape May Lighthouse For some 180 years, a lighthouse beacon has stood here at the southern tip of New Jersey, guarding the entrance to Delaware Bay. The present tower was constructed in 1859. Standing 157½ feet tall, it . . . — Map (db m114572) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23
White Construction of New York was the contractor for this fire control tower. They used a “sliding form” or “slip form,” allowing for a continuous pour of concrete. In June of 1942, about fourteen piles were driven into the . . . — Map (db m34978) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Dedicated to Lt. Richard Wickes
...mortally wounded June 29 1776 in the cause of American freedom at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

Presented by the Cape May Patriots Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution — Map (db m101839) HM

New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Edgar Arthur Draper1886 – 1956 — Physician in Cape May for 40 Years
          Born in Philadelphia May 12, 1886. Graduated Central High School 1906. Same year entered University of Pennsylvania in pre-medical studies. Accepted in Medical School of this University in 1908. Received degree . . . — Map (db m46316) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Edwin Joseph Hill, CMH1895 – 1941 — World War II Hero
          Born Philadelphia, October 4, 1895, enlisted U.S. Navy 1912, served World War I U.S.S. Melville; later on U.S.S. Saratoga, Yorktown, Reina, Mercedes, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Instructor in seamanship U.S. Naval Academy 1922-24. . . . — Map (db m75293) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Ens. Harry V. Groome, Jr.
Near this site May 23, 1945, Ens. Groome perished in the bay while on a Corsair training flight from Naval Air Station Wildwood ---------------- Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum — Map (db m34611) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Fire Control Tower No. 23
This tower was built to house a sophisticated system for aiming the guns of Fort Miles. From Fire Control Towers along the coast, soldiers would determine the exact location of an enemy ship using the geometric principle of triangulation. Each of . . . — Map (db m34616) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Flipper and FriendsWhale & Dolphin Migration — Wildlife Migration
Whales and dolphins, known collectively as cetaceans, visit New Jersey’s coastal waters and the Delaware Estuary during the warmer months. Their migratory movements may be a reflection of the changing locations of their prey: fish, crustaceans, . . . — Map (db m43975) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Fragile FlyersMonarch Butterfly Migration — Wildlife Migration
September winds from the north and northwest gently push millions of migrating monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) to the Atlantic coast. Many are funneled southward through the Cape May peninsula. Thus begins the 2000-mile journey to . . . — Map (db m43982) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Henry Washington Sawyer1830 – 1893 — Civil War Hero
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania May 16, 1830. Moved to Cape May (then Cape Island) in 1848 as carpenter and builder. In 1861 one of first enlisted from Cape May and assigned as 2nd Lt. of Special Guard at the capitol in Washington. Commissioned 2nd . . . — Map (db m10812) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Historic Cold Spring VillageWomen’s Heritage Trail
Historic Cold Spring Village is an outdoor living history museum that interprets farmwomen’s domestic life in the mid-19th century as part of its activities and exhibits. While men struggled to raise crops and care for animals on the small farms . . . — Map (db m92378) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — History of Coastal Defenses
During the late 18th century, the first coastal defenses built in the United States were earthen forts constructed on high points near important harbors. Soon thereafter, star-shaped stone forts were built in the years leading up to the War of 1812. . . . — Map (db m34612) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Landscape
The original landscape of this site was typical of the Cape May peninsula – hollies and red cedars interspersed with beach plums and native grasses. When the Army constructed these cylindrical towers, the original landscape was disturbed. The . . . — Map (db m34980) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Lighthouse Keepers' Homes & Gardens
From the time the current lighthouse was built in 1859 to the time it was electrified around 1933, four keepers, their assistants, and their families lived and worked on this landscape by the sea. The keepers and their periods of service . . . — Map (db m114569) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Lt. Richard Wickes
In memory of Lt. Richard Wickes who died June 29, 1776 in an engagement near Cape May •       •       • Lt. Wickes was one of the first naval casualties of the American Revolution •       •       • Dedicated June 26, 1976 by Harry Snyder . . . — Map (db m46259) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Ridges, Rivers and CoastlinesRaptor Migration — Wildlife Migration
Coastlines, rivers, and systems of mountain ridges provide geographic guides for the fall raptor migration in the northeast. This results in concentrations along certain routes and usually provides exceptional viewing opportunities in places like . . . — Map (db m44000) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — S. S. Cape May
Ship’s Bell from S. S. Cape Map Built 1943                  Retired 1969 Length 417’9”     Beam 60’ Draft 27’6”     Crew 49 Presented to the city by U. S. Maritime Administration in 1974 Served in European war zone in . . . — Map (db m15600) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — S.S. Atlantus
Remains of experimental concrete ship. One of twelve built during World War 1. Proven impractical after several Trans-Atlantic trips because of weight. In 1926, the Atlantus was purchased by Colonel Jesse Rosenfeld to be used as a ferry dock in . . . — Map (db m34608) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Shorebirds GaloreShorebird Migration — Wildlife Migration
Each spring, the Delaware Bay shore is inundated with hundreds of thousands of shorebirds migrating north from Central and South America. For many of them, this is the final rest stop before continuing to their Arctic breeding grounds. Shorebirds . . . — Map (db m43986) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Swarms of DragonfliesDragonfly Migration — Wildlife Migration
On one recent September day, over 400,000 dragonflies swarmed Cape May. Migrating dragonflies may form swarms between late July and the middle of October, and most often during September. These harmless insects become more concentrated at . . . — Map (db m43979) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The abrupt end of Fort Miles
The Army started dismantling Fort Miles before it was even finished – not in the face of enemy invasion but because advances in warfare made it instantly obsolete. In fact, as early as 1943, construction of the entire nationwide Harbor Defense . . . — Map (db m34976) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Construction of Fort Miles
As war clouds gathered in the late 1930s, the Army started building massive fortifications at the entrance to the Delaware River and Bay. Called Fort Miles, the main batteries and headquarters were at Cape Henlopen, Delaware, near the main shipping . . . — Map (db m39716) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — The Top of the Fire Tower
At the top of the Fire Tower are the slits for the observation level and the rooftop platform. As it was being designed, there was debate about whether the Cape May tower should have one, two or three observation levels. In March 23, 1942, it was . . . — Map (db m34979) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Court House — Cape May Revolutionary Patriot Memorial
This tablet is dedicated by the Cape May Patriots Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution to the memory of the Cape May patriots who fought in the War of the American Revolution 1775-1783, those who were members of the Provincial Congress or . . . — Map (db m103888) WM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Court House — County Seat
Settled by Shamgar Hand 1690. “Middletown” became Cape May Court House. First County building, 1745; this structure, 1849. — Map (db m103892) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Court House — Historic Cape May County Court House
(Side 1) The Cape May County Court House was completed on this site in 1850 by local master builder/architect, Daniel Hand. Shamgar Hand, his ancestor, had settled on this same site in 1695.

(Side 2) Cape . . . — Map (db m103865) HM

New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Point — All Shapes, Sizes and MaterialsAids to Navigation — Maritime History
Primary seacoast lights were located to warn mariners of their proximity to land, the presence of navigational dangers, and to help set their course. By 1852, however, lighthouses and lightships often looked so much alike that it was difficult to . . . — Map (db m114571) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Point — Oil House
This structure was built in 1893 to house the kerosene used to power the light. Until 1893, the Lighthouse’s oil was stored in the vestibule house at the entrance to the tower. Moving it to a separate building reduced the risk of fire in the tower. . . . — Map (db m114573) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Point — St. Peter’s by the SeaEpiscopal Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m21985) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Point — The Bunker Story
The Bunker or Gun Emplacement was built in 1942 during World War II by the Sea-bees as part of the “Harbor Defense Program”.

When completed it was on ground and sat 900 feet (three football fields) inland from the ocean. Severe . . . — Map (db m94385) WM

New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Point — What is it?Cape May Point State Park
This WWII bunker served as a gun emplacement and the round turrets on either side held 6-inch guns. The horseshoe-shaped structures, which can be seen out in front at low tide, are Panama mounts. They were built in 1941, prior to the construction of . . . — Map (db m21980) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May Point — What Is It?The Bunker
This bunker or gun emplacement was built in 1942. The round turrets on either side held 6 inch guns. The horseshoe shaped structures which can be seen out in front of low tide are panama mounts. These were built in July 1941 prior to the . . . — Map (db m94384) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Dennis — Dennis Creek Landing
A causeway was built here in the 1790s establishing a new overland route. By the 19th century Dennis Creek Landing became a major shipbuilding center on the Delaware Bay. Many homes in South Dennisville still reflect the architecture that was seen . . . — Map (db m68283) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Eldora — Eldora Nature PreserveDelaware Bayshores Program — Established in 1982
Welcome to the Preserve’s self-guided nature trail. Why is this land special? Situated on the southern edge of New Jersey’s pine barrens, Eldora Nature Preserve is the site of The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve established expressly for . . . — Map (db m64312) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Eldora — In the Still of the NightOwl Migration — Wildlife Migration
Utterly undetectable, saw-whet owls, long-eared owls, and barn owls utilize New Jersey’s coast as a migration path throughout October and November. Cape May is a popular place for them to rest before crossing the Delaware Bay. During the day, the . . . — Map (db m64314) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), May Landing — Colonel Richard Wescoat
Living at the Forks in 1764, he became an ardent patriot and as a First Major, served in Colonel Richard Somers’ 3rd Regiment, Gloucester County Militia in 1775. He served at Mt. Holly in a skirmish in Dec. 1776 and was wounded at Trenton Jan. 2, . . . — Map (db m64267) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — N1 — 1883 Original Terminus Anglesea Railroad
The stone block below marks the original terminus of the Anglesea Railroad, as shown on a map field with the Secretary of State linked with the West Jersey Railroad at a point 2.6 miles south of Cape May Court House Station, and eventually ran from . . . — Map (db m118606) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — All Shapes, Sizes and MaterialsAids to Navigation — Maritime History
Primary seacoast lights were located to warn mariners of their proximity to land, the presence of navigational dangers, and to help set their course. By 1852, however, lighthouses and lightships often looked so much alike that it was difficult to . . . — Map (db m46293) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — S1 — Boardwalk
In February 1904 Borough Council, authorized construction of a Boardwalk on Surf Avenue from this point to the Borough’s southern border. It was removed just 8 years later due to the rapidly expanding beach, and a new Boardwalk was built closer to . . . — Map (db m118605) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — S-2 — Boardwalk
In March 1912 Borough Council authorized the removal of the Boardwalk on Surf Avenue and construction of a new Boardwalk closer to the ocean. The 1912 Boardwalk would connect with the boardwalk in Wildwood, which had also been moved eastward from . . . — Map (db m118608) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — Hereford Inlet Lighthouse1874
This plaque was presented on June 3, 2006 by the New Jersey Sarah Soper Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century to recognize the unique architecture of the building and its importance as an aid to navigation. — Map (db m46294) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — N3 — Hereford Inlet LightouseBorough of Anglesea 1885-1906
Work was completed in the spring of 1874 at this site, the original location of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. The fourth-order Fresnel Lens in the tower was illuminated for the first time on May 11, 1874. Erosion on the south side of the Inlet, due . . . — Map (db m118223) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — N-2 — Hotel Anglesea
Built in 1880, the Hotel Anglesea stood 300 feet east of this marker and was the site of the first Borough Council Meeting on June 3, 1885. The Hotel was 150 feet long with 50 rooms, but just two stories high so as to not obstruct the beacon of the . . . — Map (db m118607) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), North Wildwood — S-7 — West Jersey and Seashore Railroad
The WJSRR’s North Wildwood Station, located at this site, was very busy during the growth of the southern part of the Borough in the early 1900s, but the tracks in North Wildwood were abandoned after the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroads merged . . . — Map (db m118609) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Ocean City — Ocean City Tabernacle
The Lake brothers and others founded the Tabernacle and Ocean City in 1879 as a camp meeting and Christian Resort. — Map (db m92401) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Ocean City — Ocean City TabernacleTower and Bells
The tower and bells were dedicated to the glory of God on June 14, 1998. In 1893 the federal government commissioned a set of thirteen bells to provide the music for a celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the laying of the . . . — Map (db m106342) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Ocean City — Sindia
Owned by Anglo American Oil; Captain Allen McKenzie Built in 1887 by Harland & Wolf, Belfast, Ireland. Four masted steel bark Length 329 ft-depth of hold 26 ft Breadth 45 ft-Net Tonnage 2929

The Sindia en route from Kobe, Japan to New York . . . — Map (db m92393) HM

New Jersey (Cape May County), Ocean City — The Ocean City Historic District
The District, bounded by 3rd and 8th Streets and Central to Ocean Avenues, has been placed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.

On October 20, 1879, Simon Lake, Ezra B. Lake, . . . — Map (db m92402) HM

New Jersey (Cape May County), Ocean City — The Ocean City Historic District
The District, bounded by 3rd and 8th Streets and Central to Ocean Avenues, has been placed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.

On October 20, 1879, Simon Lake, Ezra B. Lake, . . . — Map (db m92403) HM

New Jersey (Cape May County), Stone Harbor — Pumping Station 1924
The oldest municipal building in use in Stone Harbor it was authorized by Borough Council in 1923 and erected in 1924. The “Water Works” is a good example of Spanish Revival architecture, popular in the 1920’s. It was erected . . . — Map (db m114603) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Stone Harbor — Salt Marshes
Common reed, also known by its scientific name Phragmites, is a native plant that aggressively invades productive marshlands. Other grasses, such as smooth cordgrass and salt hay, cannot survive among its tall stalks and dense roots.

Phragmites . . . — Map (db m92391)

New Jersey (Cape May County), Stone Harbor — U.S. Life Saving Station No.35 (Tatham Life Saving Station)National Register Of Historic Places
Vintage House 1895 Stone Harbor The Historic Tatham Life Saving Station Circa 1895 This property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m97832) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Whitesboro — George Henry White"American Phoenix" (1852-1918)
Last African-American Congressman of the Reconstruction Era. Only black member of the 55th Congress. Attorney and founding member of Whitesboro, NJ. Recognizing that economic power would be the path to equality for Black Americans, . . . — Map (db m114596) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Whitesboro — This is the Home of the Whitesboro Grammar SchoolOctober 1, 1910 - September 7, 1967 — In Remembrance of the Teachers and Staff Members
Susie Smith - first teacher at the one room public school Alice DeVane Jones - original settler and devoted teacher for forty eight years Inez Kelly Jones Edmonds - first principal and teacher for forty years Charlotte Roberson Harmon - . . . — Map (db m114598) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Wildwood Crest — The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet
June 29, 1776 A memorial to the seamen and officers of the Brigantine Nancy — Map (db m19535) HM

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