: What is that in Tuckerton, NJ?

What is that in Tuckerton, NJ?



A Statue Stands in Tuckerton, NJ!

When I first moved back to southern Ocean County many years ago, the statute in the middle of Tuckerton was always a bit of a mystery to me.

It sits on a small island on Route 9, where the state highway and Great Bay Boulevard intersect, in between the Tuckerton Seaport and Lake Pohatcong.

The statue is a tribute to those who gave their lives in World War I, and was erected by the Improved Order of the Red Men.

Here’s a little background on this very old fraternal organization…

The Improved Order of Red Men is a patriotic fraternity chartered by Congress. It is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring a greater love for the United States of America and the principles of American Liberty.

Its origin dates back to 1765 and is descended from the Sons of Liberty. These patriots concealed their identities and worked "underground" to help establish freedom and liberty in the early Colonies.

They patterned themselves after the great Iroquois Confederacy and its democratic governing body. Their system, with elected representatives to govern tribal councils, had been in existence for several centuries.

After the War of 1812 the name was changed to the Society of Red Men and in 1834 to the Improved Order of Red Men.

They kept the customs and terminology of Native Americans as a basic part of the fraternity. The Improved Order of Red Men (IORM) is similar in many ways to other major fraternal organizations in the United States.

The New Jersey area has 5 Red Men Councils in Tuckerton, Egg Harbor, Hammonton, Somers Point and Newark, Delaware.

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Laura Giannotta


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Comment balloon 5 commentsLaura Giannotta • November 21 2008 06:39AM


Very interesting info, Laura.  Our area is so rich in native American history, and it's one of my interests.  I had no idea that such a fraternal organization existed.  Thanks!

Posted by Marie Meyer, Orange County New York Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Morning Laura,

Thanks for the lesson in history.  There is so much history there in New Jersey and New York. Nice that you shared this segment with us.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Marie It's amazing you can see things everyday and not know too much about them.  I too had no idea what the IORM was other than the sign at the parkway exit!  Now I know!

Hal Yes Hal, lots of history. I don't think there's a town in NY or NJ that George Washington or his horse didn't stay in! 

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

HI Laura, would you say that homes in South Jersey are starting to sell a little faster.  It seems that the North Jersey market is taking a LOT longer to sell.



Posted by Christopher Hallmark (The People's Home Mortgage Corp.) over 10 years ago

I've been down highway 9 but I don't recall seeing this statue.  I'll be on the lookout next time!  Great info Laura :)

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 10 years ago