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War of the Worlds Monument

Posted by Stu On August - 26 - 2007

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Most people have heard of the “War of the Worlds” broadcast that caused the nation to panic back on October 30, 1938. Millions of people heard the live broadcast, performed by Orson Welles, describing Martians first landing and beginning their invasion in Grover’s Mill, and sadly many really believed the world was being invaded by aliens.

The monument is located in a small park – Van Nest Park – and pictures Mr. Welles, a UFO, and a family listening to the radio, terrified.

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Antietam Battlefield

Posted by Stu On April - 26 - 2007

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I’ll admit I know very little about this particular battle and have just recently begun reading about it. My interest in the Civil War has grown significantly in the past few years. Since I’m a Yankee, I have, as far as I know, only 2 battlefieds near me – Antietam and Gettysburg. I’ll get to Gettysburg sometime soon hopefully. I figured since I was already in Maryland this one particular time I might as well go see Antietam.

Antietam was the single bloodiest day in the Civil War, with over 23,000 casualties. Although the Union prevented the Confederacy from advancing northward, they failed to stop them from retreating back to Virginia. The Union’s semi-victory at Antietam convinced Abraham Lincoln to announce the Emancipation Proclamation. Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, cared for soldiers at this battle and has a monument there.

The self-guided car tour is about 8½ miles. It’s mostly monuments and signs, so if you have no knowledge or interest in the battle or war you probably won’t care to go. The cemetery at the end is a must see though.
We went during the first week of April, and the weather was pretty odd. While the day before was nice, we were greeted with random snow at the battlefield.

Monuments & signs line the roadside.

Bad photo of Clara Barton’s monument.

The Mumma Cemetery. The Mumma farm was burned down by the Confederates. Since it was destroyed by the South, the Union wouldn’t reimburse the family.

The tour ends at the Antietam National Cemetery. It contains 4,776 Union soldiers (over a third were never identified) and over 200 soldiers from other wars. A large statue of a Union soldier is in the center of the cemetery and the graves make a horseshoe around it.

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“Treasure Island” – Nienstedt Island

Posted by Stu On June - 21 - 2006

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Another place found due to geocaching. I’d been wanting to go to this island for over 2 years but never had the time or anyone willing to cross the Manasquan River with me in my crappy inflatable raft.

It was really cool exploring what appeared to be a seldom visited island. The island did have some party remnants on it, but nowhere as much as I was expecting. I’m including it on the site because of some of the things I found on it – the remains of docks and what appears to be a wall running down one side of the island.
…oh, and the guy who wrote Treasure Island actually visited this place and gave it its unofficial name.

Approaching the island.

The raft of doom lands.

Sadly, the interior of the island had nothing of interest. There were a few overgrown trails and a lot of birds. That’s about it.
We found a sign dedicating the island to its namesakes, the Nienstedts.

Fair warning – much of the island is covered with poison ivy.

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Mount Laurel Potters Field

Posted by Stu On April - 21 - 2006

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If it weren’t for the markers, you’d have no idea this was a graveyard – just looks like a small patch of woods in between properties. The only indication this is a potters field are 2 corner markers and the lone “grave”. If there ever were any real grave markers here, they were most likely made of wood and rotted or burned away ages ago. Like other out of place graves and cemeteries on the site, the modern world built up and around this potters field. It’s right on the side of Union Mill Road.

We found this bit of concrete behind a tree. We don’t know if it had anything to do with the cemetery. Could’ve been part of an old stone or monument…or just trash.

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Whale Beach

Posted by Stu On February - 21 - 2006

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We had read about something strange among the dunes near Strathmere, just north of Sea Isle City. While not very large and not necessarily worth the drive from Bayville, it sure is…..different.

From the road, it just looks like a high part of the dunes – with a weather vane sticking out of it. Climbing up the steps reveals a small fenced off section, with oars, signs, pieces of boats, angel statues, and other random knick knacks. The walkway is even carpeted.
A storm in 1962 destroyed many of the homes nearby, and Whale Beach is where one of them stood. From what I’ve read, the family across the street owned the house and created Whale Beach as a memorial.

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Greenwich Tea Party Monument

Posted by Stu On September - 21 - 2005

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Most Americans know what the Boston Tea Party was, but not many are aware the act was not unique to Boston. Nope, there were a couple of “tea parties”, one happening in southern NJ.

In 1774, a year after the defiance in Boston, a tea party happened along the Cohansey River in Greenwich. A British ship that was denied entry into Philadelphia tried to sell its cargo of tea in Greenwich. Worried about patriots, the British sought the help of a Tory in town. He agreed to let them store the tea in his cellar. Well, the patriots found out about this secret deal and decided to reenact the events that occurred in Boston. Dressed at Indians, they broke into the basement, stole all the tea, piled it in a nearby field, and burned it.
The tea burners were sued twice, once by the East India Tea Company, and once by the man who was storing the tea. Little did the Brits realize 2 of the tea burners were brothers of the town sheriff, who just so happened to select the jury, and who just so happened to make his nephew the jury foreman.
Nobody was found guilty.
The second trial was state appointed. Luckily for our band of burners, most of the jury was patriots, so they got off yet again.

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