Did You Know? A Look at Lacey's History

Five facts about Lacey's history

This is a feature that looks at five facts of Lacey’s history provided by “Forging Ahead: The 125th Anniversary of Lacey Township,” a book developed by the local historical society and stored at the library. 

1. The Bamber post office was launched in 1873 and operated from Beame's Store. There was a classroom upstairs and a horse-drawn carriage was used as a school bus.

2. The Lanoka Harbor School was built in 1858 in Rogers' Woods. It was remodeled in 1914 and burned down in 1977.

3. The region was affected by four wars during the 19th century. Many of those veterans were buried in the Good Luck Cemetery, some who fought in the Revolutionary War.

4. The Lacey United Methodist Church was built in 1904 but the foundation was originally from a Baptist church, which was built in 1848. The property was sold to the Cedar Creek Presbyterians and then later to the Forked River Presbyterians in 1965.

The Forked River Presbyterians moved the church to a plot donated by James Jones, whom Jones Road is named after. The church was renovated and redecorated. It burned down before 2 p.m. on May 4, 1930, the same day as the rededication.

The forest fire destroyed nearly one-third of Forked River's buildings. The current Presbyterian Church was built just two years later.

5. In 1887, the original Methodist Church was completed. A Fellowship Hall was built in 1960 and in 1976, a small plane lost control, crashed into the west side of the hall and killed all five occupants of the plane.

Silver dollar August 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Was not the Methodist Church Located on Rt9 where Perkins is now ? And the one in the picture above a catholic church a few years ago What religion was the church in the above picture when it was built?
ed crowley August 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
What church do you think it was ? The plane crashed into the building then hit a pick-up truck. Photos of this are in the lobby of Applebees.
Jak August 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
plane crashed into Meth. church Rt 9 after hitting Parkers Tower by the Fire House....5 killed 1976
TheGreatHoax August 27, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Poor judgement: Fun Facts about Lacey with a picture of a plane that killed some locals. Not cool. Not fun. It was tragic.
Silver dollar August 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
#5 Above it says the Methodist church was compleated in 1887 Was this the church on RT9 that was ripped down or the one on lacey road The picture with the plane looks like the one on lacey road
Jak August 27, 2012 at 03:09 AM
So I guess that they should leave out of the history books of the 9 11 attacks in NY be cause it was tragic? At William Moss: That was the Rt 9 location
TheGreatHoax August 27, 2012 at 04:16 AM
@Jak. Apparently you missed the point. I wouldn't call a plane crash or the 9 11 attacks "Fun Facts". The title of this article has now been changed. As far as the 9 11 attacks go, they should be fully, accurately and graphically explained in history books . . . . .
Jak August 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
@Great, so I guess The forest fire destroyed nearly one-third of Forked River's buildings is a fun fact. I didnt write the article
patchmeup August 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Are there any pictures of the Bamber Lakes rehab truck?
MyOhMy August 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Great article!!! Little surprised that nobody has mentioned the plane crash and school burning down. Those things didn't really happen all that long ago. We have lived here 16 years and never knew/heard. So thanks for sharing!!


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