Towns of Lanoka Harbor & Murray Grove, U.S. Highway 9, South bank of Cedar Creek, Lanoka Harbor, Ocean County, NJ
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South bank of Cedar Creek, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS NJ-1022
Building/structure dates: 1750
Part of building/structure is in Murray Grove, Ocean County, NJ.
Significance: Lanoka Harbor and Murray Grove were established in the mid 18th century and are representative of the typical bay town, often referred to as the "Barnegat Bay resorts." The villages fronting the bay were established communities relying on the products of forest trade and sea long before the railroad brought resort trade. Lanoka Harbor and Murray Grove were supported by a substantial oyster industry. Murray Grove is further renowned as the "birthplace of Universialism America," where the first Universialist sermon in the United States was preached. The Unitarian influence remained in the community, with the establishment of the Murray Grove Universialist and Unitarian Retreat and Conference Center in the early 1800s.
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