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Old 03-31-2012, 05:00 AM   #841
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A few days late, still in February believe it or not !



Yes, the center one, it says "Hippie House"



All kinds of interesting stuff.
And that's just the outside !



Hippie House in Forked River.
Their website has been disabled !

But who needs a web-site man?
(In my best Cheech Marin impersonation.)

I must admit, I was a little chicken to go inside !

Several things to note:
"Hippies Use Back Door, no exceptions" sign at left in first picture.
Sandwiched between an 'Army & Navy' store and a 'Casual Cuts' barber shop ! ! !



But they are the only one with a trash can.

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:07 AM   #842
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Another place I had been wanting to use.



Before it totally gets destroyed.



Thunderbird Lanes bowling alley.
There are at least two of these in New Jersey, but this is the only one with the cool signage !

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:31 AM   #843
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Did this on a Saturday afternoon.



Not the easiest thing to locate, but findable.

And not much to see here.



No dogs, or guys with shot guns, nothin'.

I never noticed the dog on the sign before.



Kind of bleak out here.



But it was February after a hard winter.



No web-site here either.

I guess you have to sniff them out !



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Old 03-31-2012, 05:53 AM   #844
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I found the history of the man behind this house quite interesting, especially for the time he lived in.





I am not sure of the time line for the building of this house.
The sign has it built in 1783. 11 years after the death of the man it is named after.
Some have it built between 1771 & 1783.
It is also purported that this house is on the site of one of his orchards and he built it for his daughter and her husband.
The man was an early antislavery proponent. Which was a new concept back in the 1700's.
Well, not actually. Slavery was an issue sidelined by the Continental Congress so as to keep the colonies united together.
Anyway, this man was a Quaker and at the age of 23 his employer asked him to write a bill of sale for a slave. Though he told his employer that he thought that slavekeeping was inconsistent with Christianity, he wrote the bill of sale. Later he refused to write the part of a will that included disposing of a slave and in that case, convinced the man to set the slave free.

He also took up a concern to minister to Friends (Quakers) and others in remote places. He went on his first ministry trip in 1746 with Isaac Andrews.
They traveled about 1,500 miles round-trip in three months (probably not on a motorcycle!), going as far south as North Carolina.
He preached on many topics, including slavery, during this and other such trips.

He went from one Friends' meeting to another and expressed his concern about slaveholding.
One by one the various Quaker Meetings began to see the evils of slavery and wrote minutes condemning the practice.

In his lifetime, he did not succeed in eradicating slavery even within the Society of Friends in colonial America;
however, his personal efforts changed Quaker viewpoints.
In 1790 the Society of Friends petitioned the United States Congress for the abolition of slavery.
The fair treatment of people of all races is now part of the Friends' Testimony of Equality.

He also lived out the Friends' Peace Testimony by protesting the French and Indian War.
He went so far as to refuse paying those colonial taxes that supported the war.

He showed unusual insight for his time, in that he lived and worked among the Indians, recognizing that the Spirit moved among them also.
He showed concern for the poor, for animals and for the environment.
His Quaker witness qualified as one of the earliest precedents to modern campaigns and sensibilities in those areas.

Quite a man for his time.

Try doing some of that today !






John Woolman Memorial

More interesting life information about John Woolman.

Woolman Central, kind of a genealogy web-site for the Woolman Family.

Wikipedia, where a lot of the above information came from.

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:14 AM   #845
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End of February.
On a Sunday.
On the way to church.



I had this on my list of things to Tag too.



The Medford Train Station.

OK, I never knew the history behind this train station and the line it served.
But it looks like I found some new Tagging material ! ! !

PM&M branch.
Stands for "Philadelphia, Marlton & Medford Railroad" which came here in 1881 and put the Stage Coach line out of business.
I love these local historians. They know so much about the area they live in.
Search for "rail" to find the interesting history about railroads in Medford at NJPineBarrens.

Apparently an MHL&M ran to Medford in 1869.
Mount Holly, Lumberton & Medford Railroad.

The PM&M was shut down in 1931.

Today this old train station is a doctor's office.

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:38 AM   #846
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Let me see if I can explain.
The order we rode in that day was:
Medford Train Station
Church
Pole Tavern Canon
Cinderella Cheese Cake Co.
Dunks Ferry

I know that means nothing to you out of staters, but when Tagging you can use pictures from your ride that day.
No file photos can be used.
So that is why you see me using pictures from previous rides here along with pictures from that days ride.
The order I posted in for February 27, 2011 was Medford Train Station, got; Cinderella Cheese Cake Co., got; Pole Tavern Canon, drop; Dunks Ferry, drop.

So now that you are totally confused I will proceed with how I posted.

I checked my notebook (when it was still functioning) for the State Tag and found it easily.



Unfortunately, they were not open !



And I never knew they were back here.



Cinderella Cheese Cake Co., Inc., Riverside, with roots back to 1965.

And they can ship them to you too ! ! !

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Old 03-31-2012, 07:18 AM   #847
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I forget how I found out about this canon, but I found it interesting.



Canon Under Glass !



Hard to see any detail on the barrel.



Probably the most concise history you will find on this canon.



The quick history version:
Naples, Napoleon, The Duke of Wellington, England, Cananda, The good ole USA of course, War of 1812, and the Civil War.



Located at the Pole Tavern Circle on Route 40.



The circle is the traffic circle.
The pole was in the center of the circle and was a Liberty Pole from the Revolutionary War.
The canon was beside the pole.
I may remember seeing that from way back when, but not sure.

Some people driving at night did not seem to realize that there was a circle here and kept going straight !
Fortunately there are no curbs on the circle ! ! !
The canon was moved to it's present location for preservation.

The tavern was destroyed by fire years ago.

Now all you really have is a circle !



Pole Tavern see under Pittsgrove, which today is Upper Pittsgrove Township, and also has gone under the name of Champney Corner.
He was the owner of the tavern.

Here is some more history on this area and a picture of this canon from the Civil War !
Actually, upon further examination it does not look like the same canon to me.

I also remember reading some more about this in a Google Book that I can not find now for some reason.

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Then for my South Jersey Tag-O-Rama drop.

This was my Tag shot.



This was a clue.



This was the pretty sunset over Philadelphia (without a tripod).



And looking north toward the Burlington Bristol Bridge (also without a tripod).
Hey, I had not planned on being out this late !




This is the corner I got stuck in ice, snow and water back in January.
Not my most brilliant decision.
As much as I try I have been known to so some pretty stupid stuff !



I mean, I do not try to do stupid stuff...
I try to make wise decisions. . ..
....OH, you know what I mean !



Here are some clearer pictures of the stuff that is here.



The canoe is a flower box.



To the right of the gazebo is a Veterans Memorial.





And the back side of the Dunk's Ferry marker.



I lived here for around 8 years and never knew this existed.
The Dunk's Ferry marker was placed here about the time we moved to this area.
So that's my excuse.
I didn't say it was a good one !

I still want to use the marker on the other side of the river in the Philly Tag game. (So leave that for me Bikehigh! Please ! ! ! )

Dunk's Ferry

Here are some better pictures of the Dunk's Ferry marker.
A few more pictures.

The Veterans Memorial marker.

I never realized that there was a ferry here later in the 1870's through the 1920's that ran to Philadelphia !
And the Camden & Amboy Railroad ran through Beverly also.
That is the line that the John Bull was on.
Beverly City

I had not realized I had stumbled upon such history.

You just never know.

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Now on to March 2011.



A bank in Absecon along the old route of the White Horse Pike, aka Route 30.



I like the detail.



And the burglar alarm is quite interesting.



And I have no idea why this survy marker has this at 19,888 feet above mean sea level ? ? ?



Must be a government thing !



Trust me, I tried looking it up, but that got even more confusing.

Just consider that the highest point in NJ is only 1803 feet.

I did not notice that at the time, or I would have asked the surveyor that was there !


This bank building was dedicated July 7, 1921 as the First National Bank of Absecon.
The bank outgrew the space and Howlett Hardware bought the building and used it for storage.
Gotta keep those nuts and bolts in a safe place !
They donated the building for use as the Absecon Historical Society.

Nice timeline of the area.

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:51 AM   #850
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From Absecon we took a nice ride down to Ocean City to get another Muffler Man.



I had to get him from the back because he is facing the boardwalk !

A picture through the fence.



Which is where he got the name "Butt Pirate".

I'll keep the commentary down and post the many pictures of interesting stuff on the boardwalk.

Front.



Through the tentacles !



Ya gotta love the Orange Octopus ! ! !

From the beach.



OK, two posts.
Way to many pictures.
And you will want to see them all !





I was going to try from the side.



But no room.



Full view of Golden Galleon Golf from the road.





Muffler Man web-site, that you have probably seen before (second one down).
Says this is an original order Pirate Muffler Man.
(Amazing, I have pictures of all on this page, except one, and that will be rectified in May ! )

Even has some art for sale !

Roadside America

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Now for the rest of those pictures !

In no particular order.

In a store window nearby.



Totally empty in March.



Next door.





Down the boardwalk.



Gotta be 14 foot tall.
And I do realize it is made out of fiberglass ! ! !



That's 'Captain' Jack Sparrow





"SPECIALS Fish of the day, and yesterday".



Jilly's huh ?

They are replacing the bridge coming on to the island.
FINALLY !



BIG crane.



Matches my bike !





I think I posted that before.
But it's my thread and I'll post if I want to!



Beach





I did not know it took so much power to read a palm.




Or should it be Cora's Meter Readings?


Fishing pier I believe.



Pretty sure this is not a sewer pipe !



They stopped that years ago !





Notice the parrot is holding the key !
And he knows it ! ! !



This one has a gun, look out !



OK, three guns ! ! !



And a sword !



Part of the place next door with the gorilla.



Not Christmas.



Yes, that is a sock on top, and a deflated baloon, and a piece of pressure treated 2X4.

And NO, I did not make that !





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Next was the Palace of Depression.





Well, it was originally built by some eccentric.
He became imprisoned for saying he had a kidnap victim in his house, this place.
While in jail the neighbors tore down his poor excuse / eyesore of a house.
Now some other people are coming back and rebuilding it !

Gotta love America !

Oh wait !







Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!! New Jersey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



But Hey, he came from Alaska ! ! !

This is not a reproduction of the original building, but rather an interpretation.
There were no written plans.
It just came out of the head of the builder.
And there are not very many pictures of the original complex.





This is the only structure from the original complex.





I call it a complex.
I really do not know what to call it.
I guess he called it his house.



It is of course still under construction.
Even today ! ! !

Here are some representative paintings of the Palace of Depression.







Click on the web-site in the picture for the link !
Cool pointer !

Palace of Depression, from where else, WeirdNJ.
Includes a video with original footage of the building and builder, George Daynor.

It was a pretty neat idea.
He built a house out of stuff he found on the property he bought.
Which was a junk yard.
Just to show that during the Depression you could still make something nice out of what you have available.

Not very environmentally friendly of course.
But it was already a junkyard.
He buried two cargo vans for his first rooms
He had spires, metal railings, car doors for room doors, a round "door" with turtle shells all over it, a wishing well and a throne room of some sort.

This building also had the titles of:
"The Strangest House in the World"
"Home of Junk"

I've been accused of that.
I better be careful !


He had post cards, articles made up, and even a comic book.

I'll let you decide his mental eligibility !

Roadside America

Wikipedia

Here is a link I did not see before.
For original pictures check out:
"Jeff & Carol's photo album & much more!"
"click here to view the latest photos by Steve Madara" (they are old pictures)
"Debra Jane's Agility Nut page"

Now I feel pretty much normal !



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Fascinating stuff Steve...you've got a 4 star thread rating..i did give you 5 but it averaged out to 4...we need more voters...
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Fascinating stuff Steve...you've got a 4 star thread rating..i did give you 5 but it averaged out to 4...we need more voters...
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Now for some wooden fishermen.



I hate it when my lure gets stuck on a log !









Yes, there is fishing line from the fishing pole to the lure in the fishes mouth.
I checked when I was there.
Plus you can see the line in the fish picture.

And yes, these are the same initials on the Tree Carving at SAR.

Above the initials is a face.
The cross marks are squinting eyes, a triangle nose below that and a straight line mouth, almost in the form of a frown, or person in pain.

I might go back and add Tree Carving to the front of all my map posts for these nice pieces of art.
Just like my Muffler Man collection !

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