New “Turn of the Century” Tuckerton Exhibit Opens on May 12!

We’re excited to unveil our new exhibit “Turn of the Century Tuckerton” on Saturday, May 12th! This hands-on exhibit allows you as the visitor to experience life in Tuckerton at the turn of the 20th century as a real life resident who can be found in our census.  Grab a postcard to find out just what it was like to be a 20th century blacksmith, bayman, glass blower, and much more.  The old town of Tuckerton, or “Clamtown” as they called it then, was full of unique characters who were essential to making the area a vital shipping port and home to a vibrant folklife. In the exhibit, you will experience what their life was like in this old shore town all those years ago.

Some of the notable residents you can become are Lipman Gerber, the owner of Gerber’s dry good store and community member beloved for his kindness. From donating a ballfield for local children to play his favorite game of baseball to giving out-of-work baymen goods their families needed to survive, trusting they would pay him when they were able to. Or become W.C. Jones, the man who could do it all; Tuckerton’s first photographer, the entrepreneur that owned the town’s Palace Theater (on display in the exhibit!) and much more.  And you can even choose to be Eber and Mary Rider, the long-time keepers of the original Tucker’s Island Lighthouse.

Learn more about these residents and how their traditions honored in this exhibit are still being followed today by modern-day Tuckerton’s baymen and artists!

The exhibit on display in our Lighthouse throughout 2018.