Rural Visitor 1810

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The following is an article from the Rural Visitor, a newspaper from Burlington City NJ., published weekly by D. Allinson, dated July of 1810. It describes the sale of "a valuable grazing farm" that would soon be known as Port Norris. Transcribed verbatim.

To be Sold, at Private Sale

A valuable grazing farm, situate in the township of Downe, county of Cumberland, New-Jersey, containing about 600 acres; 216 of which are banked meadow, a considerable portion of it of the finest quality, equal or superiour to any in the state for raising grain or grass, and the residue may be made so at a small expense; the remainder of the farm consists of 100 acres of woodland, and 11 acres of arable land, all in a body adjoining to the banked meadow; 100 acres of salt marsh, and 71 acres of cedar swamp, insight, and but a short a short distance from the plantation. The arable land is of an excellent soil, in good heart, and is conveniently divided with good cedar rail fences. There are on the premises two orchards of excellent fruit, a good garden, a commodious two story frame dwelling-house, large barn, wind mill and miller's house, (the two last are quite out of repair) together with a number of other conveniences.

The plantation, besides supporting a stock of 200 head of cattle, will yield and annual surplus of at least 50 tons of hay for sale. A dairy, to a very considerable extent, may be carried on; and the situation is such, that an advantageous market for the whole produce of the farm will be always found on the spot. A ferry has been heretofore kept at the place for many years, it being the most direct route from the lower counties to Cape-May -- having a strait road leading from the ferry directly to through the farm to the town of Dividing Creeks, distant 4 1-4 miles, at which place there is a post office established. On the opposite side of the river it is contemplated having a road laid out to the town of Leesburg, distant about 1 1-2 miles, from which place a direct road is opened to Cape-May, which will complete the communication through the county on the most direct and eligible route, therby avoiding all those heavy sands which so much retard and fatigue the traveler in his present route by Millville and Port-Elizabeth. There is also a landing established near the ferry, where lumber is sent off in considerable quantities to market, and if encouragement was given very large quantities could be obtained.

This estate is pleasantly and advantageously situated at the junction of Maurice river with the Delaware, and commands an extensive view of the bay. -- Terrapins, clams, and oyster may be had in abundance, within a short distance; and fishing and fowling of various kinds in their season. Considered in every point of view, this farm has not its equal in the county of Cumberland, perhaps in West-Jersey, and is so situated as to be conveniently divided into two farms. The whole of this property will be sold together, or separately, as may best suit the purchaser. The payments will be made easy, possession given the 25th of March next, and an indisputable title made for the same.

It is intended, if the above property is not sold before the 25th day of March next, to lease out the same, for a term of years, or an improving lease; or yearly for a certain rent. Any person wishing to undertake the same, or a part thereof, may depend upon having it on a generous lay, either the whole or in part, as it is expected it will be divided into two farms, for the better accommodating those who wish to lease the same.

Woodbury, June 30, 1810