Beach Haven

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Beach Haven, founded in 1874, was designed as one of the first summer seashore resorts in New Jersey for wealthy Philadelphians. Beach Haven's boardwalk extended from Seventh Street to Holyoke Avenue, one and a quarter miles long. Wool bathing costumes were the rage: women "fanny dunked" while men and children swam in the Atlantic. An 1883 Philadelphia Inquirer advertisement stated that the hotel opened for the season "with thorough sanitary arrangements." A steamboat, connected with the Tuckerton Railroad, carried many visitors to the island. Robert Barclay Engle, with financial help from his cousin Samuel Engle, built the Engleside Hotel with materials barged across Little Egg Harbor Bay from the mainland by wide catboats, and the majestic hotel opened in 1876. It had room to accommodate 350 guests and offered numerous amenities, such as running fresh and salt water, tennis courts, and fresh milk.
ISBN: 9781467128728
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 205
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gretchen F. Coyle and Deborah C. Whitcraft, authors of Tucker’s Island (Arcadia Publishing), and Inferno at Sea (honored at the 2015 Havana International Book Fair), speak frequently about New Jersey maritime history. The photographs in this book are being used courtesy of the New Jersey Maritime Museum.
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