Dennisville, New Jersey
Dennisville, New Jersey
James House in Dennisville Historic District
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Area code(s)||609, 640|
|GNIS feature ID||0875895|
Dennisville is an unincorporated community located within Dennis Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its postal ZIP Code is 08214.
Dennisville was founded in 1726 by Anthony Ludlam. The first post office in the area was Dennis Creek, established September 7, 1802, with Jeremiah Johnson as first postmaster. The name was changed to Dennisville in 1854.
In the 1880s, a local industry sprung up -- described by The New York Times as "the like of which does not exist anywhere else in the world" -- in which cedar trees that had fallen as much as decades earlier were recovered from under the surface of local swamps. The trees, ranging in size from 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 m) in diameter, were first discovered in 1812 and became the foundation of a thriving economic boom in the area for shingles and staves.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Dennisville include:
- Jonathan Maslow (1948-2008), author who wrote extensively about nature, with a focus on obscure and little understood animals.
- "Dennisville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
- Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed June 9, 2016.
- Cape May County: Dennisville, getnj.com. Accessed September 8, 2007.
- New Jersey Postal History: The Post Offices and First Postmasters, 1776–1976, p. 51. (1977) Kay, John L. and Smith, Chester M., Jr., Lawrence, Massachusetts: Quarterman Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-88000-095-3
- Staff. "A Buried Cedar Forest; Mining For Logs In A New Jersey Swamp. Novel Industry At Dennisville In Digging Up Valuable Trees Covered Up Many Ages Ago.", The New York Times, October 6, 1888. Accessed October 16, 2017. "Dennisville, N.J., Oct. 5.--An industry the like of which does not exist anywhere else in the world furnishes scores of people in this part of New-Jersey with remunerative employment, and has made comfortable fortunes for many citizens."
- Fox, Margalit. "Jonathan Maslow, 59, a Journalist and Naturalist, Dies", The New York Times, February 24, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2017. "Jonathan Maslow, a journalist and naturalist whose travels took him from the rain forests of Central America to the steppes of Central Asia, died on Tuesday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 59 and lived in Dennisville and Passaic Park, N.J."