Cape May County, New Jersey
Cape May County is the southernmost county in the U. S. state of New Jersey. Much of the county is located on the Cape May Peninsula, bounded by the Delaware Bay to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east. Adjacent to the Atlantic coastline are five barrier islands that have been built up as seaside resorts. A popular summer destination with 30 miles of beaches, Cape May County attracts vacationers from New Jersey and surrounding states, with the summer population exceeding 750,000. Tourism generates annual revenues of about $6 billion as of 2015, making it the county's single largest industry, with leisure and hospitality being Cape May's largest employment category, its county seat is the Cape May Court House section of Middle Township. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the county's population was 93,553, making it the state's second-least populous county, a 3.9% decrease from the 97,265 enumerated at the 2010 United States Census, in turn decreasing by 5,061 from the 102,326 counted in the 2000 Census.
The county is part of the Ocean City, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. Before the county was settled by Europeans, the indigenous Kechemeche tribe of the Lenape people inhabited South Jersey. Beginning in 1609, European explorers purchased land from, contributed to the decline of, the indigenous people; the county was named for Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, a Dutch captain who explored and charted the area from 1620–1621, established a claim for the province of New Netherland. In 1685, the court of Cape May County was split from neighboring Burlington County, although the boundaries were not set until seven years later. In 1690, Cape May was founded; the county was subdivided into three townships in 1798 – Lower and Upper. The other 16 municipalities in the county, including two no longer in existence, were established between 1827 and 1928. In 1863, the first railroad in the county opened, which carried crops from the dominant farming industry.
Railroads led to the popularity of the coastal resorts in the county. Improved automotive access led to further development after the Garden State Parkway opened in 1956. Before Cape May County was settled by Europeans, the indigenous Kechemeche tribe of the Lenape people inhabited South Jersey, traveled to the barrier islands during the summer to hunt and fish. During the 17th century, the area, now Cape May County was claimed as part of New Netherlands, New Sweden, the Province of New Jersey under the British crown, West Jersey. On August 28, 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson entered the Delaware Bay and stayed one day on land, north of what is now Cape May Point; as early as 1666, the southern tip of New Jersey was known as Cape Maey, named after Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen May, who sailed the coastline of New Jersey from 1620–1621. In 1630, representatives of the Dutch West India Company purchased a 16 sq mi tract of land along the Delaware from indigenous people, bought additional land 11 years later.
Due to the large number of whales in the region of Cape May, Dutch explorers founded Town Bank around 1640 along the Delaware Bay as a whaling village. It was the first European settlement in what is now Cape May County, was populated by descendants of Plymouth County. In 1685, the court of Cape May was split from Burlington. In 1690, a settlement began at Cape Island; as whaling declined due to overpopulation, Town Bank diminished in importance in favor of Cape May, was washed away by 1750. In 1692, Cape May County was designated as one of the original four counties of West Jersey, defined as the land from the most northerly portion of Great Egg Harbor Bay to a point 20 mi east of the mouth of the Maurice River, south to the tip of Cape May; the limits of the county were adjusted over the next two centuries the portion near Maurice River Township. The first water mill in the county was constructed in 1699 in Cold Spring. Nearby, the First Baptist Church was built in 1712, the first Cold Spring Presbyterian Church was built in 1718.
Both churches, as well as nearby private homes, functioned as the center of early county government. In 1744, the county chose Romney Marsh – Cape May Court House – near the county's center to become the county seat; the first jail and courthouse were built in 1764. The county's population was around 1,000 in 1750, isolated from the rest of New Jersey by forests. Cape May grew independently as America's oldest bathing resort by 1765, leading to the city's current motto "The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort". Amid the British blockade of the Delaware Bay in the American Revolutionary War, two British ships pursued and attacked the American brig Nancy, which fled to the coast at Turtle Gut Inlet; the Nancy was abandoned and sabotaged, killing at least 30 British sailors when the brig exploded after they boarded. The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet on June 29, 1776 was the only Revolutionary War battle fought in the county. Cape May County was split into three townships on February 21, 1798 – Lower and Upper.
The three townships were established as precincts on April 2, 1723. During the War of 1812, British forces raided farms in the county for fresh water. In retaliation, residents dug canals to the ocean. In 1827, Dennis Township was created from portions of Upper Township, 101 years after its namesake Dennisville was founded in 1726; the oldest independent borough in the county was Cape Island Borough in 1848, which became the city of Cape May in 1869. Over the next 60 years as transport to the
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Dennisville, New Jersey
Dennisville is an unincorporated community located within Dennis Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area, its postal ZIP Code is 08214. Dennisville is on the south side of Dennis Creek and is the most important community within Dennis Township; the main transportation artery is New Jersey Route 47. Dennisville was founded in 1726 by Anthony Ludlam; the first post office in the area was Dennis Creek, established September 7, 1802, with Jeremiah Johnson as first postmaster. The name was changed to Dennisville in 1854. In the 1880s, a local industry sprung up -- described by The New York Times as "the like of which does not exist anywhere else in the world" -- in which cedar trees that had fallen as much as decades earlier were recovered from under the surface of local swamps; the trees, ranging in size from 4 to 6 feet in diameter, were first discovered in 1812 and became the foundation of a thriving economic boom in the area for shingles and staves.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise associated with Dennisville include: Jonathan Maslow, author who wrote extensively about nature, with a focus on obscure and little understood animals. Media related to Dennisville Historic District at Wikimedia Commons The Cape May County Gazette Local community newspaper
Delaware Bay is the estuary outlet of the Delaware River on the Northeast seaboard of the United States. 782 square miles in area, the bay's fresh water mixes for many miles with the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean. The bay is bordered inland by the States of New Jersey and Delaware, the Delaware Capes, Cape Henlopen and Cape May, on the Atlantic; the Delaware Bay is bordered by six counties: Sussex and New Castle in Delaware, along with Cape May and Salem in New Jersey. The Cape May–Lewes Ferry crosses the Delaware Bay from Cape May, New Jersey, to Lewes, Delaware. Management of ports along the bay is the responsibility of the Delaware Bay Authority; the shores of the bay are composed of salt marshes and mudflats, with only small communities inhabiting the shore of the lower bay. Besides the Delaware, it is fed by numerous smaller rivers and streams, including the Christina River, Appoquinimink River, Leipsic River, Smyrna River, St. Jones River, Murderkill Rivers on the Delaware side, the Salem River, Cohansey River, Maurice Rivers on the New Jersey side.
Several of the rivers hold protected status for their salt marsh wetlands bordering the bay, which serves as a breeding ground for many aquatic species, including horseshoe crabs. The bay is a prime oystering ground; the Delaware Bay was designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance on May 20, 1992. It was the first site classified in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. At the time of the arrival of the Europeans in the early 17th century, the area around the bay was inhabited by the Native American Lenape people, they called the Delaware River "Lenape Wihittuck", which means "the rapid stream of the Lenape". The Delaware Bay was called "Poutaxat", which means "near the falls". In 1523 Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón had received from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor a grant for the land explored in 1521 by Francisco Gordillo and slave trader Captain Pedro de Quejo. In 1525 Ayllón sent Quejo northward and received reports of the coastline from as far north as the Delaware Bay. In 1525 De Ayllon and Captain Quejo called Delaware Bay by the name Saint Christopher's Bay.
In the 1600s the bay was known as "Niew Port May" after Captain Cornelius May. Another recorded European visit to the bay was by Henry Hudson, who claimed it for the Dutch East India Company in 1609; the Dutch called the estuary "Godyns Bay", or "Godins Bay" after a director of the company, Samuel Godijn. As part of the New Netherland colony, the Dutch established several settlements on the shores of the bay and explored its coast extensively; the thin nature of the corporate colony's presence in the bay and along what was called the South River made it possible for Peter Minuit, the former director of New Netherland, to establish a competing Swedish sponsored settlement, New Sweden in 1638. The resulting dispute with the Dutch colonial authorities in New Amsterdam was settled when Petrus Stuyvesant led a Dutch military force into the area in 1655. After the English took title to the New Netherland colony in 1667 at the Treaty of Breda the bay came into their possession and was renamed, by Samuel Argall, the river Delaware, after the first Governor of Virginia Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr.
The Native American tribe living along the bay and river were called the Delaware by the Europeans due to their location. The U. S. state takes its name from the bay and the river. Conflicting crown grants were made to the James, Duke of York and William Penn on the west bank of the bay and river. Settlement grew leading Philadelphia, upriver on the Delaware, to become the largest city in North America in the 18th century. Penn viewed access to the Delaware Bay as being so critical to Pennsylvania's survival that he engaged in an eighty-year long legal boundary dispute with the Calvert family to secure it. In 1782 during the American Revolutionary War, Continental Navy Lieutenant Joshua Barney fought with a British squadron within the bay. Barney's force of three sloops defeated a Royal Navy frigate, a sloop-of-war and a Loyalist privateer; the strategic importance of the bay was noticed by the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolutionary War, who proposed the use of Pea Patch Island at the head of the bay for a defensive fortification to protect the important ports Philadelphia and New Castle, Delaware.
Fort Delaware was constructed on Pea Patch Island. During the American Civil War it was used as a Union prison camp. In 1855, the United States government systematically undertook the formation of a 26 ft channel 600 ft wide from Philadelphia to deep water in Delaware Bay; the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 provided for a 30-foot channel 600 feet wide from Philadelphia to the deep water of the bay. Other names for the bay have been "South Bay" and "Zuyt Baye"; the bay is one of the most important navigational channels in the United States. Its lower course forms part of the Intracoastal Waterway; the need for direct navigation around the two capes into the ocean is circumvented by the Cape May Canal and the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal at the north and south capes respectively. The upper bay is connected directly to the north end of Chesapeake Bay by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal; the bay offers several challenges to mariners: a significant current of up to three knots, which builds a nasty chop when the wind is in opposition.
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Dennis Township, New Jersey
Dennis Township is a township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area; the township's population as of the 2010 United States Census was 6,467, reflecting a decline of 25 from the 6,492 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 918 from the 5,574 counted in the 1990 Census. Dennis Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 1, 1827, from portions of Upper Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Sea Isle City Woodbine borough. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Dennis Township as its 20th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey; until 2001, Dennis Township had been a dry town, where alcohol could not be sold, when voters passed a referendum allowing liquor to be sold and the township council sold a single license for $1.1 million. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 64.328 square miles, including 60.799 square miles of land and 3.529 square miles of water.
Belleplain is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located within the township. Dennisville is the most important unincorporated community in Dennis Township. Ocean View is served as ZIP code 08230. Other communities and place names located or within the township include Clermont, East Creek, Mount Pleasant, North Dennis, North-West Dennis, Ocean View, Savage Pond, South Dennis, South Seaville, Stipsons Island and West Creek Landing; the township borders Cumberland County, Upper Township, Woodbine Borough, Sea Isle City, Middle Township, the Delaware Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,467 people, 2,370 households, 1,791.720 families residing in the township. The population density was 106.4 per square mile. There were 2,672 housing units at an average density of 43.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 96.75% White, 0.79% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, 1.36% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.81% of the population. There were 2,370 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.4% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 8.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.07. In the township, the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 34.1% from 45 to 64, 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.5 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 94.1 males. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that median household income was $84,205 and the median family income was $84,400. Males had a median income of $52,571 versus $40,023 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $30,545.
About 5.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 6,492 people, 2,159 households, 1,737 families residing in the township; the population density was 105.8 people per square mile. There were 2,327 housing units at an average density of 37.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 97.43% White, 0.96% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population. There were 2,159 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 19.5% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the township the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males. The median income for a household in the township was $56,595, the median income for a family was $61,445. Males had a median income of $41,404 versus $31,329 for females; the per capita income for the township was $21,455. About 4.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over. Dennis Township is governed under the Township form of government; the five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle.
At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The Committee members receive an annual salary; the governing body consisted
New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. It is located on a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York along the extent of the length of New York City on its western edge. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, the most densely populated of the 50 U. S. states. New Jersey lies within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U. S. state by median household income as of 2017. New Jersey was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes founded the first European settlements in the state; the English seized control of the region, naming it the Province of New Jersey after the largest of the Channel Islands and granting it as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton.
New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century. In the 19th century, factories in cities, Paterson, Trenton, Jersey City, Elizabeth helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey's geographic location at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston and New York City to the northeast, Philadelphia and Washington, D. C. to the southwest, fueled its rapid growth through the process of suburbanization in the second half of the 20th century. In the first decades of the 21st century, this suburbanization began reverting with the consolidation of New Jersey's culturally diverse populace toward more urban settings within the state, with towns home to commuter rail stations outpacing the population growth of more automobile-oriented suburbs since 2008. Around 180 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, New Jersey bordered North Africa; the pressure of the collision between North America and Africa gave rise to the Appalachian Mountains.
Around 18,000 years ago, the Ice Age resulted in glaciers. As the glaciers retreated, they left behind Lake Passaic, as well as many rivers and gorges. New Jersey was settled by Native Americans, with the Lenni-Lenape being dominant at the time of contact. Scheyichbi is the Lenape name for the land, now New Jersey; the Lenape were several autonomous groups that practiced maize agriculture in order to supplement their hunting and gathering in the region surrounding the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, western Long Island Sound. The Lenape society was divided into matrilinear clans; these clans were organized into three distinct phratries identified by their animal sign: Turtle and Wolf. They first encountered the Dutch in the early 17th century, their primary relationship with the Europeans was through fur trade; the Dutch became the first Europeans to lay claim to lands in New Jersey. The Dutch colony of New Netherland consisted of parts of modern Middle Atlantic states. Although the European principle of land ownership was not recognized by the Lenape, Dutch West India Company policy required its colonists to purchase the land that they settled.
The first to do so was Michiel Pauw who established a patronship called Pavonia in 1630 along the North River which became the Bergen. Peter Minuit's purchase of lands along the Delaware River established the colony of New Sweden; the entire region became a territory of England on June 24, 1664, after an English fleet under the command of Colonel Richard Nicolls sailed into what is now New York Harbor and took control of Fort Amsterdam, annexing the entire province. During the English Civil War, the Channel Island of Jersey remained loyal to the British Crown and gave sanctuary to the King, it was from the Royal Square in Saint Helier that Charles II of England was proclaimed King in 1649, following the execution of his father, Charles I. The North American lands were divided by Charles II, who gave his brother, the Duke of York, the region between New England and Maryland as a proprietary colony. James granted the land between the Hudson River and the Delaware River to two friends who had remained loyal through the English Civil War: Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley of Stratton.
The area was named the Province of New Jersey. Since the state's inception, New Jersey has been characterized by religious diversity. New England Congregationalists settled alongside Scots Presbyterians and Dutch Reformed migrants. While the majority of residents lived in towns with individual landholdings of 100 acres, a few rich proprietors owned vast estates. English Quakers and Anglicans owned large landholdings. Unlike Plymouth Colony and other colonies, New Jersey was populated by a secondary wave of immigrants who came from other colonies instead of those who migrated directly from Europe. New Jersey remained agrarian and rural throughout the colonial era, commercial farming developed sporadically; some townships, such as Burlington on the Delaware River and Perth Amboy, emerged as important ports for shipping to New York City and Philadelphia. The colony's fertile lands and tolerant religious policy drew more settlers, New Jersey's population had increased to 120,000 by 1775. Settlement for the first 10 years of English rule took place along Hackensack River and Arthur Kill –
Middle Township, New Jersey
Middle Township is a township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area; as of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 18,911, reflecting an increase of 2,506 from the 16,405 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,634 from the 14,771 counted in the 1990 Census. The township's Cape May Court House section is the county seat of Cape May County. Middle Township was formed as a precinct on April 2, 1723, was incorporated by Township Act of 1798 of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798 as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships. Portions of the township have been taken to form Anglesea Borough, Avalon Borough, Stone Harbor Borough and West Wildwood; the township's name came from its location when Cape May was split into three townships in 1723 at the same time that Lower Township and Upper Township were created. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 82.955 square miles, including 70.333 square miles of land and 12.622 square miles of water.
Burleigh, Cape May Court House, Rio Grande and Whitesboro are unincorporated communities and census-designated places located within Middle Township. Other unincorporated communities and place names located or within the township include Del Haven, Dias Creek, Goshen Landing, Green Creek, Holly Beach, Norburys Landing, Pierces, Pierces Point, Reeds Beach, Shellbed Landing, Swain Point, Wildwood Gardens and Wildwood Junction; the township borders Dennis Township, Sea Isle City, Avalon Borough, Stone Harbor Borough, North Wildwood City, Wildwood City, West Wildwood Borough, Lower Township, the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,911 people, 7,256 households, 4,934.080 families residing in the township. The population density was 268.9 per square mile. There were 9,296 housing units at an average density of 132.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 83.11% White, 10.41% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, 2.49% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.09% of the population. There were 7,256 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, 12.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00. In the township, the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 91.7 males. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that median household income was $57,244 and the median family income was $66,451. Males had a median income of $49,645 versus $48,029 for females; the per capita income for the township was $28,087.
About 4.4% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 16,405 people, 6,009 households, 4,218 families residing in the township; the population density was 230.2 people per square mile. There were 7,510 housing units at an average density of 105.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 85.21% White, 10.86% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population. There were 6,009 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.8% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the township the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males. The median income for a household in the township was $41,533, the median income for a family was $49,030. Males had a median income of $37,531 versus $27,166 for females; the per capita income for the township was $19,805. About 8.6% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over. Middle Township is governed under the Township form of government; the governing body is a three-member Township Committee, whose members are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-y