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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,

WARETOWN (L), 61 m. (14 alt., 511 pop.), is a quiet village, the home of retired sea captains and of many who earn their living from salt water. Waretown's most widely publicized resident is Barnegat Pete, a tame deer known to and claimed by every school child for miles around. Pete came into the district about three years ago and has remained to enjoy automobile riding and other pleasures of civilization. He wears a red and white blanket and an identification tag as a protection against hunters.

The place was named for Abraham Waeir, an early settler, who died in 1768. Waeir succeeded John Colver as the local leader of the Rogerenes, a sect founded by John Rogers. They came here in 1737, driven from Connecticut, where they had stirred a commotion by heckling preachers at Sunday meetings. The Rogerenes opposed any Sabbath day observance. During the Revolutionary period they disbanded, but later they appeared in Morris County.

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