A look at Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Tucker’s Island – the Atlantis of Long Beach Island.

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Tucker’s Island was a small community on an island/peninsula just south of Holgate.  The island had been inhabited since the late 1700’s. In the 1800’s Rueben Tucker purchased the island and built a home and small tavern. The community grew. Eventually it was about half the size of Beach Haven.

The Tuckerton Seaport has a full size replica of the Tuckers Island Lighthouse. They also have some memorabilia and a map of the island on the floor in one of the rooms in the lighthouse.

In the 1920’s the island was being destroyed by erosion. A photographer shot an amazing series of photos showing the lighthouse finally toppling into the ocean.

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Tuckers Island Lighthouse

Tuckers Island Lighthouse. ed. note – I don’t own the rights to any photos of Tuckers Island and have not found any in the public domain. This is a photo of the replica lighthouse at the Tuckerton Seaport, aged with GIMP.

 

The approximate location of Tuckers Island is shown below.

 

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