Port Norris History

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Port Norris, New Jersey, is a small town located where the Maurice River mets the Delaware Bay. Established in 1811, the town has a rich history as a major center for oysters. The Historical Society was created to preserve this history.

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The 18th Century
January 1, 1701 to December 31, 1800 

Early Settlers in Cumberland County
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Revolutionary War Battle of Dallas's Landing

Although the battle took place on the river, and the militia were Capt. Riggins Co. from Maurice River, the Port Norris side would have been the point of departure for Dallas's shallop, and was most probably the source of the Tory boarders. Read More


About Port Norris
Dallas Ferry and Coffee Jones

In the 1600s, the area now known as Port Norris, Bivalve and Shellpile were settled by the Lenni Lenape Indians. Later they were moved aside by English settlers looking for fertile ground along the Delaware Bay and River. Read More

History of the early settlement and progress of Cumberland County, New Jersey:
and of the currency of this and adjoining colonies
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by Elmer, Lucius Q. C. (Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus), 1793-1883;
Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress) DLC Published 1869
Page 78 starts with discussing the Maurice River area and Port Norris.