Little Egg Harbor Township

About Little Egg Harbor Township

HISTORY

Originally part of Burlington County, Little Egg Harbor took its name from the portion of a bay called Egg Harbor (known today as Little Egg Harbor) by the Dutch sailors because of the eggs found in nearby gull nests. The first known account of the town was made by Captain Cornelius Jacobsen May in 1614.

 

The first European to settle the township was Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg, who likely arrived by 1693 when he does not appear on a census of the Swedes along the Delaware River, where he had lived for nearly three decades. Though he was from Holstein (now in Germany), his first wife was a Finn and part of the Swedish community. Falkenberg settled on an 800-acre tract of land that he had acquired from the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1674, and a 1697 deed re-confirmed this earlier purchase. This tract included the two islands of Monhunk and Minnicunk later known as Wills Island and Osborn Island. Falkenberg was a linguist, fluent in the Lenape language, and was considered southern New Jersey’s foremost language interpreter involving land transactions between the Indians and the European settlers, particularly the English Quakers.

 

 

One of the first recorded ships of the township was a sloop belonging to Thomas Ridgway Sr. John Mathis Sr. also had a ship which his son, Daniel, sailed the West Indian routes. They made a profit from selling clams and oysters.

 


The history of the Defense of Little Egg Harbor and the Pulaski Monument are set forth in detail in the attached links: 

Little Egg Harbor History #1

Little Egg Harbor History #2

 

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CONTACT US

Township of Little Egg Harbor Administrative Justice Complex

665 Radio Road

(609) 296-7241

Township Clerk (Registrar-Vital Statistics)

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 230, 231, 232 & 233

Fax (609) 296-5352

Municipal Court

( Little Egg Harbor Township & Eagleswood Township )

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 300, 301, 302, 303 & 304

Fax (609) 294-1068

Mayor & Committee

(609) 296-7241 ext 235

Tax Collector's Office

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 240, 241, 242 & 243

Fax (609) 296-8516

Tax Assessor's Office

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 244, 245, 246 & 247

Construction Department

( Permits - Inspections )

(609) 296-7241 or (609) 294-9071

Ext: 608, 609, 610 or 611

Fax (609) 294-9065

Zoning & Code Enforcement

( Property Maintenance Complaints - Variances )

- Zoning Officer

(609) 296-7241 Ext 616

- Code Enforcement Officer

(609) 296-7241 Ext 615

Planning and Zoning Board

- Board Secretary

(609) 296-7241 Ext 221

Township Administrator / CFO

(609) 296-7241

Ext 220, 221

Fax (609) 294-3040

Purchasing Agent

(609) 296-7241 Ext 223

Fax (609) 294-3040

Human Resources

(609) 296-7241 Ext 224

Fax (609) 294-3040

Department of Public Works

(609) 296-3600

Fax (609) 294-0746

Animal Control Officer

(609) 296-0675

Community Center Information:

(609) 296-7241 Ext 235

Or email cicco@leht.com

Police Department

( Non - Emergency )

(609) 296-3666

FOOD BANK

Greater Tuckerton Ministerial Association, Inc.

241 Radio Road

( Adjacent to the Senior Center )

(609) 296-1345

HOURS: Monday thru Friday 2PM to 4PM

Senior Center

( Please contact the Township Clerk's Office )

(609) 296-7241 Ext 230