Tuckerton, New Jersey

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Tuckerton is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, named for founder Ebenezer Tucker (1758-1845), and was the third port of entry in the United States [5] As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 3,517.

Tuckerton was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 18, 1901, from portions of Little Egg Harbor Township.[6]

The borough is surrounded by Little Egg Harbor Township, but is politically independent. Due to Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor both sharing the same ZIP code, as well as the fact that Little Egg Harbor has no true "downtown" area, many refer to Little Egg Harbor and surrounding suburbs as "Tuckerton".

Tuckerton is home to the Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime museum and village.

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History

The area that is now Tuckerton was settled in 1698. Some of the early settlers were Andrews, Falkinburgs, Shourds, Ongs, Willets[7] and Osborns. Edward Andrews settled on the east side of the Pohatcong Creek; his brother, Mordecia Andrews settled on the west side of the same creek. Edward, tired of going to Mount Holly with his grain, constructed a cedar log grist mill on the site of a dam built by beavers at the mouth of what is known as Tuckerton Creek. [8] He built the grist mill in 1704, and it still stands to this day.

Tuckerton became the Third Port of Entry of the United States, with Ebenezer Tucker appointed Collector; his commission bearing date March 21, 1791 signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. It was six years later that Tuckerton became a post town with Reuben Tucker as its first postmaster.

Former names of the town included "Andrew Mills", "Middle-of-the-Shore", "Clamtown", "Quakertown", and "Fishtown". In March 1789, Mr. Ebenezer Tucker hosted a feast at the then-named Clamtown for the residents at which time they officially changed the name to Tuckerton.

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