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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,
Somers Point

At 106.3 miles, just S. of the OCEAN CITY COUNTRY CLUB golf course (18 Holes; greens fees $2 daily, $1 after 4 p.m., $9 weekly), is the junction with a paved road.

Left on this road is SOMERS POINT, 0.7 mile The SOMERS MANSION (private) cor. May's Landing Rd. and Shore Rd., a wooden structure erected in the late 1700's, is in the Colonial style. A tablet on Shore Rd., north of the house, erected in 1932 by the Children of the Revolution, marks the site of the house in which Richard Somers was born. Master Commandant Richard Somers of the United States Navy, a brilliant young officer who commanded the Intrepid, a vessel loaded with explosives, was assigned to destroy the enemy fleet at Tripoli in 1804. Fired upon by the Turks, the Intrepid was blown to pieces; Somers and 12 others were killed. One theory is that Somers, fearing capture of his ship, deliberately carried a lighted lantern into the powder magazine. The mansion was recently deeded to the Atlantic County Historical Society as a museum. To Somers Point, known in the Revolution as Egg Harbor, American privateers brought many British prizes.

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