2014 PAST EVENTS
November 15, 2014 – The Battle of Gettysburg
October 11, 2014 – The Jersey Devil and Beyond
Mark Demitroff told us tales of local folklore.
September 13, 2014 – Ye Old Clamtown Flea Market
Ye Old Clamtown Flea Market was held at TIP SEAMAN PARK from 8:00am-4:00pm. This marked its 40th year. With Appraiser Table, dealers, and selected food vendors.
August 16, 2014 – Local Men Who Fought In The Civil War
Pete Stemmer, local historian. As part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration, Pete will spoke about members of local families who served in the Civil War. We heard about the many brave men who served in the horrific war, some of whom never returned. Ancestors with family surnames that are still present in our area were discussed. Anyone having a local ancestor who served in the Civil War was encouraged to bring stories, photos, Civil War memorabilia, etc to share with the group.
July 19, 2014 – The Great John Mathis
Pete Stemmer, local historian, gave a slide presentation on the first permanent settler in the Bass River section of Little Egg Harbor from information taken from Leah Blackman's "History of Little Egg Harbor" and other writings, some of which are unpublished. Stemmer discussed this remarkable individual, the progenitor of the prolific Mathis family, why he was called "Great", and how he influenced the history of the Little Egg Harbor area. Great John's house is pictured to the left, c 1940s. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 2-4PM.
JUNE 14, 2014 - NEW JERSEY'S 350th ANNIVERSARY
Tim Hart from the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Kathy Conrad from the Tuckerton Seaport spoke on 350 years of New Jersey and Ocean County History with references to Innovation, Diversity and Liberty. Kathy reviewed new exhibits at the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum which include a panorama of Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton history including the early Dutch and English explorations; our local Quaker heritage with an emphasis on Ann Gaunt and David Mapps; the Loyalist, John Bacon and the battle of Cedar Bridge; the Pennington Brigade in the War of 1812; the U.S. Life Saving Service; and the development of the sneak box and garvey which are indigenous to our area. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 2-4PM.
MAY 10, 2014 - FRED AND ETHEL NOYES
Judy Courter gave a slide presentation about Fred and Ethel Noyes, a unique husband and wife team that had a big influence in the history and cultural heritage of South Jersey. They were the founders of the Historic Smithville Village, the Rams Head Inn, and the Noyes Museum of Art. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 2-4 PM.
APRIL 26, 2014 - THE HISTORY OF THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY MARINE FIELD STATION: TRANSITION FROM LIFE SAVING TO MARINE RESEARCH
Ken Able, Inst. of Marine and Coastal Sciences presented an 100 years overview of the evolution of the Little Egg Harbor Coast Guard Station No. 19 to the present day Rutgers University Marine Field Station. These transitions include storms, construction, destruction due to fire, more storms, renovations and more storms. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 2-4PM.
MARCH 1, 2014 - REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE OF RED BANK
Rev. Norman Goos spoke and gave a slide presentaion about the Revolutionary War Battle of Red Bank with an emphasis on a variety of primary source material including early maps and Revolution War pension applications. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 2 to 4 PM.