SANDY HOOK—For a small state, New Jersey’s famous 127-miles of coastline are packed with historical and cultural treasures. To help residents and visitors better appreciate New Jersey’s coastal cultural connection, The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant (NJMSC/NJSG) has just launched coastalheritagenj.com, a new web site highlighting historic and cultural treasures located throughout the state’s coastal regions including many out-of-the-way, smaller sites that are often overlooked.
Visitors to the site can find out about cranberry bogs, historic forts, homes and mansions, learn about glassmaking and ironwork techniques from the Revolutionary War era, and discover a wealth of cultural rituals and riches with a special link section for similar attractions in Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania. The site includes the location of the attraction and links to information needed to plan a day trip or longer vacation to the Jersey Shore or Delaware Bay area.
The project was created and developed by Jenny McCormick, Coastal Communities Agent for the NJMSC/NJSG Extension Program. A steering committee with members representing 15 organizations including the project’s funding partners, county tourism and cultural representatives and other groups contributed to the project content and design.
Funding was provided by several sources including the NJMSC/NJSG, the New Jersey Department of Travel and Tourism, the NJDEP-Coastal Management Program, and the NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service.
According to McCormick, “The new online guide is designed to encourage people to think beyond the routine tourism experience and consider cultural destinations and activities when planning their New Jersey tourism excursions. This web guide brings much-needed attention to many of the undiscovered cultural and historical sites located throughout the coastal regions.”
The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment.
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