The early days of Atlantic County, NJ, and its various communities -- Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, Galloway, Hamilton, Mammonton, May's Landing, Mullica, Port Republic, Tuckahoe and Weymouth -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 29 page booklet reprinted from two hard to find sources, the 1847 edition of John Warner Barber and Henry Howe's Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey and New Jersey, a Guide to Its Present and Past, a WPA project published in 1939. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. The Howe/Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1844, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and varied topics in the booklet are: Early settlers; a physical description of the county; a biography of Capt. Richard Somers of Egg Harbor who sacrificed his life at Tripoli; Incidents off the coast of May's Landing; a War of 1812 incident near May's Landing; information on George May and Richard Westcott; a special section on Atlantic City from the WPA book including a map; area maps; and many other interesting bits of history and trivia. The booklet contains a delightful hand-drawn sketch of May's Landing.
Atlantic County, NJ
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey; Atlantic County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1847
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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