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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 18
Junction with US 1–Woodbridge–Perth Amboy–Freehold–Lakewood–Toms River–Tuckerton–Cape May; US 9,

BARNEGAT, 64.4 miles (35 alt., 1,100 pop.), has well-shaded old streets with a small shopping center R. of the highway, at the Jersey Central R.R. terminal. The town's name was originally, but never officially, Barendegat (Dutch, breaker's inlet). Often the place is confused with the smaller Barnegat City across the bay, where the famous Barnegat Light stands (see Tour 35A).

For generations Barnegat's life has been linked to salt water. The Revolution brought a busy shipbuilding industry and a salt works to the place. The settlement had earlier produced pirates who in whaleboats preyed on grounded vessels lured from their course by false beacons.

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