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Did You Know? A Look at Lacey's History

Five facts about Lacey Township and the surrounding area

This is a feature that looks at five facts of Lacey’s history provided by “Lacey Township People and Progress,” a book written by Dr. Ralph K. Turp and stored at the library. 

1. Indian trails were the first land routes. The Burlington path ran from Burlington to New Egypt where it branched into two trails, the northern branch leading to Monmouth County and the southern leading to Toms River. A trail led from Toms River to Manahawkin.

2. Long Beach Island was a popular location for the Native Americans to camp, fish and prepare foods for winter.

3. New York City couldn't obtain enough lumber to keep up with its building needs so at times, trees were cut, formed into rafts and towed to the city by coastal sailing vessels.

4. Wihle many locals remained loyal to King Charles II, at the expense of their land or lives, some led the effort to gain the colonists their civil rights, including William Alexandre, also known as Lord Sterling, who owned large tracts of Lacey, Manchester and Lakewood.

5. Oyster Creek was previously known as Oster Creek and McCoy's Creek.

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