: Mystic Island, New Jersey - Waterfront Homes and Chunks of History!

Mystic Island, New Jersey - Waterfront Homes and Chunks of History!

Mystic Island, New Jersey - Waterfront Homes and Chunks of History!

Mystic Island is a section of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey...Ocean County's southernmost municipality.  

It's main road, from Great Bay Boulevard to Mystic Beach at the Great Bay, used to be known as Shore Road.  It winds through Mystic Island, Hickory Island and Osborn Island.  This thoroughfare is now known as Radio Road.

That name came about in the early 1900's with the construction of the Tuckerton Wireless Tower, the tallest and strongest radio tower in 1912.  Its guide wire foundations are still visible, though the tower is long gone.

Tuckerton Wireless.

The tower was built by the German company known as HOMAG, The High Frequency Machine Corporation for Wireless Telegraphy.  This tower was used to communicate with an identical station in Eilvese, Germany beginning in 1914, just before the outbreak of World War I.
Though taken over by the US Navy to assure the messages sent and received did not violate America's Declaration of Neutrality, the tower was still manned by German nationals employed by HOMAG.  It's rumored that this tower was used to send the message ordering the attack on the Lusitania!

When the US entered the WW I, all radio stations were taken over and shut down by Executive Order.
All the German employees of HOMAG were taken as prisoners of war and the Tuckerton Tower was assigned to the US Navy.  They used it as a back up for the Navy's main transatlantic wireless station north of here in New Brunswick, NJ.

After the war, the Tuckerton Wireless Tower was included in German war reparations paid to America.
The government then sold the tower to RCA which used it as a backup a facility in Rocky Point, NY.  It operated until 1948.  The Tuckerton Wireless Tower was demolished in 1955 and that's when the single family homes in Mystic Island began cropping up

This 820 foot wireless tower was anchored by 3 huge blocks that exist today; one is in the backyard of a home on North Ensign Drive, one in the middle of the street on South Ensign Drive, and the other in the middle of Staysail.
.South Ensign Dr, Little Egg Harbor, NJ.
South Ensign Drive, Little Egg Harbor, NJ
.Staysail, Little Egg Harbor, NJ.
Staysail, Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Many smaller foundations for supporting towers are still visible in the lagoons of Mystic Island.  If you'd like to see some great photos of the Tuckerton Wireless Tower, its construction and demolition, visit the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, home of the Tuckerton Historical Society.
Tuckerton Wireless Tower (Tuckerton Historical Society)
If you'd like information on the real estate market or homes for sale in Mystic Island, Little Egg Harbor or Tuckerton, give me a call!

Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore
Laura Giannotta




Comment balloon 12 commentsLaura Giannotta • November 21 2009 07:24AM


Laura...I just love this type of history lesson, So much of our nation began its humble beginnings on the east coast I find there is always something to learn about our past and much happened with in 10 miles of the ocean.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 10 years ago

Laura - That is a very cool study of your local history.  Those foundations are fascinating.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

What an interesting piece of local history! The photos are great. So is this the same Mystic that was used as the setting for the movie Mystic Pizza with Julia Roberts??


Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 10 years ago

I agree Steve, I can't get enough of these little history lessons!

Thanks Wendy...they can be a little scary if you're not paying attention!!

Nope Betina, I think Mystic Pizza is Rhode Island, or some place north of me! 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 10 years ago


Hi Laura:

This is great!

It's amazing how much history our area has...

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

Laura...that was an interesting bit of information.  I suppose it would cost more than it is worth to remove the old anchors.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

Well this a neat bit of local history that I had never heard about. Thanks for sharing it with us Laura.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Thank you for the local history.  I will look for it next time I am in the area.

Posted by Robin Lundholm over 10 years ago

Does anyone remember a small restaurant near where Cumberland Farms is called Quick Cook,i used to remember walking by it with my mom on the way to get on the bus for school in the 1970's?

Posted by Edward Crean Jr almost 9 years ago

Is that on Main Street (Route 9) or Radio Rd?

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 9 years ago

Quick Cook was on Radio Road down past the Mystic Island Shopping Center,I think Vesuvio's Italian Restaurant is now where the Quick Cook restaurant was,i hope that helps and i would like to see photos of it if anyone has some,thanks.

Posted by Edward Crean Jr. over 8 years ago
Looks like the spam bots hit your old post. They do get around.
Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) almost 8 years ago