The Bayman: A Life on Barnegat Bay (book)

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This may have been brought up on here before but either way, it's worth mentioning. I just finished this book and just figured I'd recommend it to y'all. It's based in Barnegat Bay and the surrounding towns. Growing up in Bayville, I was like a neighbor (not actually) to Merce Ridgeway, a native to Forked River. There's a ton of references to locations and named I'm very familiar with. All be it names of the grandparents of those I knew but all the same, pretty cool. 

The book highlights Merce's life and career on the bay and the history of his family in the area. It tells a lot about a bygone era and industry in the bay. It's sad that it's no longer the way it was in his youth and before. There's plenty in there though for any NJ resident, especially those of us who fish/clam and even more for natives of the area. Enjoy! 


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