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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.

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

At 85.9 miles US 9 crosses MULLICA RIVER, once famous for its oysters. It was named for Eric Mullica, who led a Swedish colony across the State from the Delaware in 1697.

At 88.3 miles in an unkempt clearing (L) is a tall MONUMENT to the patriots who participated in the Battle of Chestnut Neck, October 6, 1778. Because of highway rerouting the stone soldier on the shaft stands with his back to the new road. Chestnut Neck was an operating base for the privateers who used small boats for destructive raids on British merchantmen. To destroy the "Jersey pirates," Sir Henry Clinton sent an expedition here that pushed the patriots from their sand-dune fort, burned their village, and proceeded 15 miles up Mullica River to the mouth of Batsto River. Here 50 ironworkers gave such good account of themselves that the 1,500 British troops, believing that they were facing regular Colonial troops under Count Pulaski, retreated to their ships.

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