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Old 02-05-2010, 06:43 AM   #121
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I thought Hancock Harbor was out in the middle of nowhere until I rode to this place.



Fotescue, New Jersey.



There were plenty of sea gulls around, but not much else.

Fortescue is a small fishing town on the Delaware Bay.
This is a small road that leads south out of Fortescue and dead ends just past this bridge.

I found this "Crab House" sign interesting.
I think it was a bench to sit on actually !



I am always amazed at the different styles of housing you find in different areas.
I am not sure why shore houses tend to be built narrow and tall.
I would guess the tallness would be to get a good view, and maybe to prevent all of their belongings from getting wet in a flood.

This old shack looked interesting.



The picture below is looking west from the bridge into the marsh which is listed as Egg Island Fish and Wildlife Management Area.

There is not too much useful information on this fine marsh so no linkies on this one.
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I know, the excitement is too much for you.

I did find some interesting information and an aerial view of Fortescue on this website.

The Delaware Bay is a big fishing spot, and there are marinas here for private boats as well as charter boats.

Fortescue has been called the "Weakfish Captial of the World".

Other fish to be caught in the bay are Striped Bass, Bluefish and Flounder when in their particular season.
Eels can be caught almost anytime.

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A little further south on the Delaware Bay is the Bayshore Discovery Project.

This old Tug Boat pilot house designates its existance.

From what I gather the project is to preserve the history of the New Jersey Delaware Bay area and its fishing and sailing heritage.
Their prominent feature is the Schooner A.J. Meerwald which you can see some of behind my rain coated windshield.



Sorry,
Had I know it was that important I would have gotten off my bike and taken a better picture.

Built in 1928 it is 110 feet long with a 7 foot draft.
It has apparently become the official Tall Ship of New Jersey.
Who knew ?

The ship is used for training and from what I can tell anyone can apply to spend time working on board like they did back then.

I don't think they do pirate runs though.

I did get a nice picture of this Tow Boat.



The town / village this is located in is called Bivalve.
Yes, named after a mollusk.
Situated near the end of the Maurice River which empties into the Delaware Bay.
I could not find a lot of written information about Bivalve, but there were a lot of pictures, and that is what this thread is supposed to be about so here is the link.

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When I started out on this late June day it was raining and I almost turned around, but it looked like it would clear up as I headed west so I kept going.

I am glad I did.
I got to see some interesting sites and found out a lot of new history.

It did rain on and off a few times.
Nothing serious.

Just annoying.

I saw this interesting old building on my way out of Bivalve.



One more stop and I was headed for home.

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This is one of my top 2 favorite pictures.



I am not really sure why.
I guess the red roof goes well with my red bike.




As you can tell from the sign this is East Point Lighthouse.
Located on Thompsons Beach on the Delaware Bay.



It was built in 1849.
The last restoration was in 1998.

It is the second oldest lighthouse in New Jersey still standing.



This is the only remaining lighthouse on the Delaware Bay in New Jersey.
There are two other lighthouses up further on the Delaware River but they are considered Rear Range Lighthouses.



A friend of mine from church lives in this area and the Thompsons Beach area this is located on is from his ancestry.

From Bivalve to here is 2 miles as the crow flies, or seagull in this case !

But by road it is 15 1/2 miles.

You have to drive back north to find a bridge to cross over the Maurice River.

Not a bad ride though.




The sandy area my bike is parked on is a turnaround spot which also has this boat ramp on it.



I found some more history on Cumberland County's website.

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Here is another old Iron Furnace located in a different area.


Weymouth Furnace is still in the Pine Barrens, but further south than the others.

Other than this this website the sign at the location is about as much information as I could find on this furnace.



They have made this area into a nice park.
People put canoes and kayaks in and out of the Great Egg Harbor River here.
The river is not that big at this area, but the current is swift for a river in the Pine Barrens.

You can see water flowing through the arches in the picture below.
That is a side stream created for power for that building.



Weymouth appears to have gotten its name from Weymouth, England which was on the Wey River at Weymouth Bay.

The river is down behind this area.
You can see canoes to the left in the picture.



The spring here was used for years but has since been closed to drinking.

This furnace lasted about 60 years.
The Iron Furnaces in New Jersey could not compete with the furnaces being built in Pennsylvania in the Anthracite Coal regions.
New Jersey forges used the surrounding Pitch Pine Trees to make their charcoal to fire the furnaces.
That could only last so long as they stripped the land of trees.
Plus the yield of the Bog Iron Ore was a lot lower and of lesser quality than the forges of PA.

Most forges went to other forms of production.
Some to paper, like this one, but most went to glass production.

History of Weymouth Township.

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This is one of those places you run into that you have passed a number of times and never knew anything was there.

This is what you pass on Route 50 getting from Mays Landing to the southern shore points (if you take back roads like I do!).


Tucked back in the woods are the ruins of the Estellville Glass Factory.


Started in 1825 it ran until 1877.
This place made glass for Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, and Baltimore.

Here is a closer picture of the Glass Factory's Melting Furnace building.


Info sign.


Layout of Melting Furnace building as viewed from the rear picture below.


The four openings shown behind the Swing Pit above are the four archways seen here.


As I walked around I saw this beautiful bike through the arch.


Information on Estellville Glassworks, but I have no idea where their picture came from.
I have never seen that chimney when I have been in the park, but I could have missed it somehow.

Some more information on the buildings and some history.

More to come in the following posts.

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There are three building foundations you can see here.
The Melting Furnace as seen above, the Pot House below and the Flattening House.



This is where they made big clay pots to melt the glass in.

Info sign.



The another foundation is behind the Melting Furnace building.
You can not see much of it as there are no walls left, just some rocks sticking out of the ground.
I can not remember the exact layout of the information signs, but I believe that was the Flattening House.


If you can read this it is interesting to see how they made flat pane glass in the 1800's.

Flat glass was not made like it is today.
Back then they had to blow the glass into a big cylinder.
They would then cut the bottom and top off the cylinder and score a line down the side to separate the cylinder.
After the cylinder was separated they would heat the glass and it would uncurl and lay flat, with a little help of course.

The layout.



That is the reason old glass has that wavy look to it.
It is a crude process, but it works.
There were other methods used to make flat pane glass, and I know this process was used in New Jersey at other furnaces also.

Cylinder Blown Sheet Process.

The buildings here were made out of the local "rock" available.
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A little further down the road in the park is the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery.



Initiated in 1985 to honor veterans of Atlantic County, New Jersey.


Nicely laid out in a peaceful setting.





"ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL"


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Also included in this Atlantic County Park is a Nature Center and Trails.
There are also picnic areas, playgrounds and ball fields.

I think this guy has been here too long !




This is from Maine, not from New Jersey.


I think he is from New Jersey.


Bears have been reintroduced into New Jersey for some time.
They are more common in Northern NJ, but there are some down here as well.

This case is full of local wildlife.
Mostly birds, but you can see a Red Fox, Grey Squirrel and a Chipmunk on the ground.
I am not really sure what that thing on the right is.
It does not look like a Beaver or Muskrat even though we do have both in the state.


There are plenty of hiking trails in this park as well.


They even made an extensive boardwalk system through the marshy areas.


Nice little mushrooms.


This river goes along the south western side of this park.
It empties into the Great Egg Harbor River just down stream.


The Egg Harbor River is the same one that goes by Weymouth Furnace.
Weymouth is about 6 miles from here and the difference in the size of the river is amazing.
At Weymouth it is about 20 feet wide, and you can wade across it.
Down here the river is just over 400 feet wide (not here at this spot) and is used by power boats.
The river was a primary means of transporting goods in and out of the area.

Like I said, there is a lot here in this park tucked away behind the pine trees off Route 50.
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Another Winery.

Renault Winery

I never knew there were so many wineries in New Jersey.
This one boasts being the oldest continuously operated winery in New Jersey.
They can say that because they opened in 1864 and they sold their wine to pharmacies as a "tonic" through prohibition.

Here is a painting on the side of a cask of the founder Louis Nicholos Renault, 1822-1913.


This large mural is on the side of one of the buildings.




These old casks are all over the place, and they are huge!


The big one here is just over 3,000 gallons.


And they come in many other shapes and sizes.





There is also a Resort on the property.


They also have a Golf Course and a couple of Restaurants.

I found a little more history here.

I guess you noticed the fountain looks like it is in the middle of the road.

It is !
As you come to the end of the paved road this fountain is placed right in the middle.

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The first time I rode out to Renault Winery I passed these.



Two identical Rolls Royces.

One was in worse shape than the other.

Nice looking car !



I now wish I had taken more pictures.
I was going to use them as a tag some time.
Unfortunately the last time I drove by they were gone.

I can't help but wonder how much they sold for !!!!
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The New Jersey Tag-O-Rama riders are a daring bunch.

This tag was out on a boardwalk leading to the Rutgers University Marine Field Station.

It is part of Rutgers Coastal Ocean Observation Lab.

The fence my bike is parked at is a little ways out there.


Just call me crazy !



It looks weird to see this nice cluster of buildings sitting out in the middle of the marshes of Great Bay.


Great Bay is the terminus of the Mullica River mentioned here before which runs under the Recycled Plastic Bridge @.

The road out to this spot ends with a turnaround just to the left of the above picture.
The road is on a little peninsula with a two lane road which has two one lane bridges on it metered by traffic signals.


Notice two of the NO's are Fishing & Loitering.
Fortunately I could get across with my bike without pushing anyone into the water so they didn't have to break the other two rules of NO Jumping or Diving.

I guess that would have made them break the last rule of being Crabby!



I don't know how these guys are out there, but it must be more solid than I think it is.


More on this area in the next post.

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This is a view from Great Bay Boulevard headed back to the mainland.



These pictures were taken at two different times.
The green ones were taken in late June, the brown ones were taken on Thanksgiving.



Those buildings in the background are the remains of an old fish processing plant where they processed Mossbunker or Menhaden.
I never heard of them either.
But they are apparently quite abundant in this area.



I found pictures taken on the island from when a man and his friends visited it.
Also check out his "View all photos here".



Leave it to WeirdNJ to explore this place.
They call it The Fish Factory of The Great Bay.
In their story they have the original name of this place as "Crab Island Fish Factory".
The locals called it "The Stink House" !
The article of WeirdNJ's visit is quite interesting.

I also come to find out from their article that the Rutgers University Marine Field Station was originally a Coast Guard Station.

When you look at the aerial view on the map the island does not look that far off shore, but most of the area that looks like land is actually grassy marsh like you see in the pictures above.

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This is a really beautiful house found along Route 9 in West Creek.

Its name comes from the item found at the peak of the roof.



The Chair House.

No one is quite sure why there is a chair on the roof, but there are many stories about it as you can see on Roadside America's website.

WeirdNJ has two more stories on their website.

You may notice that the chair in my picture does not look the same as the ones found on these websites.
I am guessing it had to be replaced.
I also remember recently that some people were saying that the chair was missing, but it was there when I saw it last year.



What does come out in most articles is that this nice house was built in 1873 and was originally located across the bay in Holgate.
The unusual roof enclosed a water tower.
The mansion at Batsto also has a water tower inside a tower at the top of the home.
The reason for a water tower was to use gravity to feed the indoor plumbing.
The chair house was moved in the 1930's from Holgate across the bay to its current location on the mainland to preserve it.

What ever the reason for the chair, it is a unique decoration for a very unique house in its own rite.

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Mr. Paine here was commenting on how much he liked my bike.



But we all know it was only Common Sense.



This statue of Thomas Paine sits at the end of a road that overlooks Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown, NJ.


I like the way they laid out this tribute to Thomas Paine.
It gives a lot of information not just in words, but also in the items contained on the statues base.




Here is what it says around the base of the statue.


Those words are still true today.
All we need is Common Sense !

When I found this statue it came as a surprise to me that Thomas Paine even lived in New Jersey.
But it seems he considered Bordentown his home.

I found some quick history on his life here.

The Friends of Thomas Paine have quite a bit of information on his life.
From the same website I found information about this statue which was dedicated in 1997.

I did try to get him to ride my bike.


But it was apparently beyond "The Age of Reason".

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