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@THE POINT - 39 19'N 74 36' W
Native Guide to Somers Point, New Jersey 08244
Somers Point Community Profile
By Bill Kelly

Since the Indians left some 300 years ago Somers Point, N.J. has provided fine fishing, boating, sailing, food and refreshments for both visitors and residents alike.

Founded by Quaker families as a self-sufficient plantation, Somers Point is ideally located on Great Egg Harbor bay, a deep water safe harbor that takes its name from the large number of bird's eggs found by early Dutch explorers. The inlet, bay and river waters have continually served sailors, fishermen, hunters, crabbers and clammers since colonial times.

Somers Mansion is one of the oldest homesteads in New Jersey (circa 1680) and the renovations of such historic buildings like the Anchorage Tavern, Old City Hall (now the town library), Gregory's, Charlie's and the Point Pub (now Tucker's Steak House) are significantly maintained valuable traditions that allow new generations to experience the same venues as their parents and grandparents. They also help make the Historic Bay District truly historic.

Bay Avenue marinas and the many Bay District restaurants makes Somers Point a waterfront gem that's unique to the Jersey Shore. Seasonally mild most of the year, Somers Point's primary season goes from the Bayfest Earth Day celebration in April until the post Labor Day Good Old Days Picnic at Kennedy Park. The new Day at the Bay calls attention to the water's attributes with scull and lifeguard races, sailing excursions and nature trips.

Public boat ramps, picnic tables, a protected beach, municipal pier, historic theater, championship golf course, and many fine restaurants all make Somers Point a real comfortable community.

Just across the bay from dry Ocean City, Somers Point has many fine bars and restaurants of different types and styles, and there's live music at places like the Bubba Mac Shack, Schooners, Sails, Stumpo's, the Pearl and Crab Trap, which keeps the spirit of Bayshores and Tony Marts alive.

Shore Memorial Hospital is situated in the Historic District, and the Somers Point School system is rated one of the best in the state. While taxes are considered moderately high, Somers Point was recently listed by Money Magazine as one of the hottest residential real estate markets in the country [See: "Hot Zips - 08244 ]. As Somers Point continues to grow and develop with the times, it still retains the grace, style and character that give it that "Small Town Charm by the Bay."

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