A look at Long Beach Island, New Jersey

History

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.

Marvels Market in Spray Beach – Gone but not forgotten

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Marvels 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.

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The Tuckerton – Long Beach Island Railroad.

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A railroad once ran to Long Beach Island. Once on the island, the tracks split. One line went north to Barnegat Light and the other went south to Third Street in Beach Haven.  You may have wondered about the extra lanes on the boulevard. These were where sidings were for the railroad. When the automobile bridge was opened, the new boulevard followed the railroad. It had to go around the sidings. Today they are simply a place for extra parking.

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