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Mays Landing

Mays Landing is a census-designated-place within the boundaries of Hamilton Township, lying roughly in the center of the county. Mays Landing was established as the seat of government for Atlantic County in 1837; the Atlantic County courthouse was built in 1838.

Beginnings [1]

Mays Landing was founded in 1760 by George May, a Philadelphia native, who exchanged local bog iron and timber for sale, rice, and indigo from the Carolinas. In 1939 a cotton mill was the sole industrial enterprise in town.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey, New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past, American Guide Series, The Viking Press, 1939, New York
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