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Tuckahoe, New Jersey

Tuckahoe, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
The Historic Tuckahoe Train Station
The Historic Tuckahoe Train Station
Tuckahoe is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
Tuckahoe
Tuckahoe's location in Cape May County (Inset: Cape May County in New Jersey)
Coordinates:
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Cape May
Township Upper
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 08250
Area code(s) 609

Tuckahoe is an unincorporated community located within Upper Township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States.

Contents

  • Bridge construction 1
  • Origin of the name Tuckahoe 2
  • Use of Tuckahoe by local tribes 3
  • Tuckahoe Road 4
  • In popular culture 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Bridge construction

A bridge, constructed in 1926 and renovated in 1961, connects Tuckahoe to Corbin City, its neighbor to the north.[1] It is also the headquarters for the Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad.

Origin of the name Tuckahoe

The community of Tuckahoe is named after the wild tuckahoe (the sclerotium of the fungus Wolfiporia extensa), also called Indian Bread, which grew in abundance in this area on the roots of certain trees and was collected by the members of the Lenape tribes in the area.

Use of Tuckahoe by local tribes

The tuckahoe was pounded into pulp by local Native Americans and used for cooking and baking, as flour, which served as an ingredient in their cornbread.

Since the tuckahoe was found in great abundance in this area, members of various New Jersey Lenape tribes would visit this location to collect them.

Tuckahoe Road

Tuckahoe Road, which has its beginnings in Cross Keys, New Jersey at Route 42, is an alternative way to get to Ocean City and other shore points, instead of taking the Atlantic City Expressway.

In popular culture

In Franny and Zooey, by J. D. Salinger, Beatrice "Boo Boo" Glass Tannenbaum is referred to as a Tuckahoe homemaker.

See also

References

  1. ^ Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. NJ-89, "State Route 50 Bascule Bridge"

External links

  • Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants' Association
  • The Upper Township Gazette serving Tuckahoe Local community newspaper
  • Join Boy Scouts! Upper Township Boy Scouts
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