"We have become an island of lost landmarks. Fire, storm, tide and general obsolescence have claimed nearly all of them. The big hotels, the boardwalk, the gunning clubs, the train, the old causeway and even Tucker’s Island itself have all vanished. All we have are photographs and the memories of those people who were here and who lived through these changing times...."
from the Preface
204 pages, 237 illustrations, photographs, and maps; index and bibliography
Rediscover the lost resort of Sea Haven and Tucker’s Island; ride the Tuckerton and Long Beach Railroad to the new resort of Beach Haven with its elegant boardwalk just a fashionable stroll over broad dunes from grand hotels such as the Engleside and Baldwin. Visit the early gunning and yacht clubs; stay at the Mansion of Health or Captain Bond’s Long Beach House. Learn of the shore whalers, some of the first settlers on this barrier island, and watch the pound fishermen haul in boats brimming with fish caught just off the beach. See tragic shipwrecks, such as the Powhatan, and the birth of the U.S. Life Saving Service with its red houses dotting the beach.
Eighteen Miles of History and Six Miles at Sea are two elegant companion books that explore much of the history of the Jersey Shore by focusing on the barrier island of Long Beach. The Shore of today may be strikingly different from that of a century ago, but it is images of the past an innocent and wilder Shore that cement our present-day bond with this place. Modern-day shore lovers will find their long-ago counterparts here.
These 11" x 8 1/2" landscape-format books are generously illustrated with historic photographs, old engravings, and maps. Most of the photographs are reproduced from original prints as duotones, and the hardcover books are luxuriously printed on matte stock. ( Twenty -two of the most compelling images from these two books are available as postcards in book format - see Long Beach Island Historical Postcards.)
Both titles take us back to a unique place at the sea’s edge and the people who came to know and love it. The two books explore the same time and place but the topics differ. Together, they give us an opportunity to rediscover this beautiful, sometimes dangerous, more personal Shore of only a few generations ago. In two books rich with images and wonderful writing, we come to have a sense of place about the Shore that a summer vacation alone can never convey.
The Shore Whalers
Town on the Edge of Great Swamp
The Philadelphia Company House
The Mansion of Health
When Barnegat Light Was Barnegat City
The Powhatan, The Mansion, The Monument
The Red Houses of Long Beach
Dock Road: First Entrance to Beach Haven
The Harvey Cedars Hotel
Captain Bond's Long Beach House
The Parry House
The Engleside: 1876-1943
The Hotel Baldwin: 1883-1960
The Manahawkin and Long Beach Railroad
The Peahala Gunning Club
The Corinthian Yacht and Gun Club
The Automobile and The Lure of Long Beach
The Houseboat Colony at Beach Haven
The Boardwalk at Beach Haven
The Pound Fishermen
Harry Colmer of the Movies
Long Beach Township
The Island's Houses of Worship
The Beach Haven Free Public Library
Deep Sea Fishing Capital of the East
Sand and Water Eighteen Miles of Beaches
John Bailey Lloyd was born in Johnstown, PA., and had been on Long Beach Island since 1942, when he was ten years old in time to see old landmarks like the boardwalk, the Engleside Hotel and the vast emptiness of the Island as it once was. With time out for service in the Coast Guard, graduate school and some travel, he has spent nearly every summer here. In 1977 he and his wife, Jeanette, and their two sons became permanent residents and moved into the family's Victorian summer home in Beach Haven.
A graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Mr. Lloyd had a master's degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master's in library science from Rutgers University. He worked in the reference department at the Ocean County Library in Toms River, and the Bishop Historical Library there.
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