Long Beach Island has a long and fascinating history. The island was used by Native Americans as a hunting and fishing spot. There are rumors of visits by Viking longboats and pirates. During the Victorian era, Beach Haven and Barnegat Light grew quickly. A railroad replaced steam and sailboats as the means to bring visitors to the island.
The Lucy Evelyn was a three masted schooner built in 1917 in Machias Maine. She served for a number of years including the packet trade to South America. At one point in World War II, she was shelled by a German U-Boat. Continue reading
Morrison’s Restaurant was a classic LBI restaurant. It had been serving great seafood since the 1940’s. It’s position adjacent to the intercoastal waterway and large windows provided a parade of boats for diners. The volume of boats dropped off significantly as time progressed. In the earlier days, you would see a continuous procession of everything from well worn garveys to expensive sport fishermen while you enjoyed great seafood. Continue reading
Snowfall from Dec 2010 Continue reading
Unfortunately, this photo does not do the M&M Steam bar justice. It sold raw and cooked seafood. As I recall, the M&M ended operations after Hurricane Sandy. Continue reading
Marvel’s Market in Spray Beach was located where the new WaWa stands. Marvels was a small ‘supermarket’. One of the things I remember most was the doughnut machine making endless doughnuts. There is a small deli on the other side of the boulevard that still makes the doughnuts. Continue reading
The Express Restaurant in Surf City was a collection of freight and passenger cars arranged into a restaurant. The restaurant closed some time around 2006. The cars are no longer on LBI