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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuckerton in 1838 and in the 1930's

Last Saturday I was involved in presenting a program at the Tuckerton Historical Society on the Civil War in New Jersey and the Little Egg Harbor area.  I thought it might be interesting to research what Tuckerton was like just prior to the Civil War, especially the businesses and its prominent citizens. Unfortunately, I was unable to find information for that era.

I did; however, find accounts of life in Tuckerton in 1838 and in the 1930's, some hundred years later, and thought some of you out in the Blog-O-Sphere might be interested in the accounts. I found them interesting - especially the 1838 account that mentions a salt works located on Salt Work Lane, various prominent Tuckerton families including Ebenezer Tucker, the Castor Oil business, and old medical practices.

The 1838 account was found in a 1893 article clipped from the Tuckerton Beacon. Unfortunately, whoever pasted the article in the old scrapbook, which found its way to the Tuckerton Historical Society, did not clip out anything that identified the writer. We do have a hint, in that it was written from Port Republic, so the writer moved from Tuckerton to Port Republic. 

The article, "Growing Up In Tuckerton in the 1930's" was written by Carolyn Cambell who is active in the Ocean County Historical Society in Toms River. She lived in Tuckerton, as a young girl.

Click on the links below to read the articles.

Pete S

PS- If anyone knows where Salt Works Lane was, please drop a note in the Comments Section below. I suspect in may have been South Green Street Street, but that is just a guess.


  1. It was fun reading Growing Up In Tuckerton In The 1930's. I was familiar with Dr Carmona's name, he practiced when I was a New Gretna teenager & young mom. I belonged to the roller skate era where they were attached with a leather strap & tightened with a key. I still have my key --- somewhere.

  2. Phyllis,

    I, too, have my old skate key somewhere "in a safe place". I wonder how many other Senior Citizens who are reading this also have saved their skate keys.

    Pete S

  3. Hi Pete,

    Somewhere along the way I read that Saltworks Lane in Tuckerton is now Marine Street.

    Bruce Ellis