Tuckerton Historical Society Learns About Old Maps

May 23, 2018
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The Tuckerton Historical Society presents “Make Sense of Historical Maps” on Saturday, May 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Robert Reid, president of the Galloway Township Historical Society and past president of Absecon Historical Society, will share his knowledge of historical maps of the area and give a PowerPoint of maps of Egg Harbor from 1616 to 1778.

The South Jersey Shore was first explored by Henry Hudson. He called it Eyre Haven (Egg Harbor) for the large number of gulls’ eggs the sailors could gather and so it was known for most of colonial times. Little Egg Harbor was first part of Burlington County with its county seat in Quaker Mount Holly.

The first white man to explore and settle the Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton area was Jacob Falkinburg, an early surveyor and Native American language interpreter. Surveying and maps were important for parceling and selling the lands obtained from the natives, who were new to the concept of private property. Early deeds and maps used natural features to describe property and utilized standardized length of chain as a measurement. “Starting at the big pine tree, walk northwest 36 chains to the intersection of Willets’ Brook” could be a descriptive example of an early deed.

The program is free and open to the public at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum on the corner of Leitz and Wisteria Boulevard in Little Egg Harbor. Donations are welcome.  —P.J.

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