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Vacationing on the Jersey shore : guide to the beach resorts : past and present
Stansfield, Charles A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
xi, 243 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
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F142.J4 S73 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Nature and history at the shore Visitor's guide to the resorts Color postcard views, vintage and modern photos, and detailed maps

Traces the tradition of vacationing along New Jersey's shore, explores the beach and boardwalk environments, and profiles all of the resorts from Sandy Hook to Cape May, including Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Seaside Heights, Island Beach State Park, Atlantic City, Ocean City, and the Wildwoods. Packed with illustrations and human interest stories.

Author Notes

Charles A. Stansfield Jr. lives in Pitman, New Jersey, and was professor of geography at Rowan University for 41 years. He is the author of 11 books on the paranormal.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The Jersey Shore hasn't changed much over the years, and the area's nostalgic charms-which include salt water taffy, amusement parks, boardwalks and seafood shacks-continue to draw crowds every summer. Stansfield wrote his doctoral dissertation on the growth of early seaside resorts in England and New Jersey, and brings an erudite yet personal knowledge of the Jersey Shore to this excellent guide. A history chapter recounts the region's transformation from a fishing and whaling center to a recreation hotspot. Stansfield also covers nature and shoreline transportation before delving into detailed depictions of the Shore's various communities, from "frantic" and "crowded" Seaside Heights to "beautiful" Long Beach Island, which is adored for its "small-town feel." Sidebars highlight quirky attractions and rate beach facilities. Dozens of photos and maps will encourage readers to seek out new beaches, parks, museums, restaurants, shops and casinos. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1 Beginningsp. 1
2 Nature and Us at the Shorep. 35
3 Connectionsp. 61
4 The North Shorep. 91
Sandy Hookp. 94
Sea Bright and Monmouth Beachp. 100
Long Branchp. 101
Elberon, Deal, and Allenhurstp. 104
Asbury Parkp. 106
Ocean Grovep. 110
Bradley Beach, Avon by the Sea, and Belmarp. 115
Spring Lake and Sea Girtp. 116
Manasquan and Briellep. 119
Nearby Attractionsp. 121
5 The Central Shorep. 127
The Barnegat Peninsulap. 127
Point Pleasant Beachp. 129
Bay Head and Mantolokingp. 130
Normandy, Ocean, Chadwick, Lavallette, and Ortley Beachesp. 130
Seaside Heightsp. 131
Seaside Parkp. 133
Island Beach State Parkp. 137
Nearby Attractionsp. 141
Long Beach Islandp. 142
Barnegat Lightp. 146
Beach Haven and Holgatep. 149
Nearby Attractionsp. 153
6 Atlantic City and Its Neighborsp. 157
Atlantic Cityp. 157
Brigantinep. 188
Ventnor, Margate, and Longportp. 189
Nearby Attractionsp. 191
7 The South Shorep. 195
Ocean Cityp. 195
Sea Isle Cityp. 203
Avalon and Stone Harborp. 204
The Wildwoodsp. 207
Cape Mayp. 215
Cape May Pointp. 227
Nearby Attractionsp. 229
Information Sourcesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 239
About the Authorp. 244