Everyone could use a little extra money in their lives, right? How about an island full of cash? I’m just kidding! However, welcome my friends, to Money Island!
Money Island resides in Downe Township, Cumberland County, a gorgeous and closely-knit community. It’s a village of approximately 40 homes and one of the two better known marinas on the Delaware Bay. These tiny bay communities, like Money Island, are quite magical places. Nature flourishes all around. You can spot eagles, hawks, muskrats, turtles and of course, the noted horseshoe crabs.
An early act in the 1700s, divided the new county of Cumberland, formed from Salem County, into six townships. Fairfield township, in Cumberland County, first included all of present-day Downe Township and created by Governor Franklin. In 1772, the act was recorded in Trenton by the Secretary of State. Part of the Secretary’s royal appanage was being able to name townships. He recorded Downe Township, from his wife’s maiden name of Elizabeth Downes, and the township named in honor of her. In 1798, Downe Township was officially incorporated.
In the 1800s through the 1900s, Downe Township, was a flourishing fishing community. As we go ahead to current times, we’re lucky if these bay shore communities will even be intact through the next decade. Rising seawaters continue and the state of New Jersey is actually sinking. These factors are making it more difficult for Money Island’s survival.
If you ever get a chance to visit these bay communities, you will most-likely be greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. I arrived at Money Island with my son on a hot, yes, HOT Winter day ( 78 degrees.) I was greeted by a fellow at the marina. He gave me some info about the quaint little town. What I never knew or expected was that Money Island had a beach! Ka-Ching (get it, money?) My son was in heaven. In fact, when we left, he was screaming. I had difficulty getting him into the car.
I worry for these bay towns as they get swept under (no pun intended) by the state, as the ocean communities get most of the relief money to rebuild. These guys are almost forgotten and will possibly be an island like Atlantis one day, if something isn’t done…. AND SOON.
Support the marina and enjoy the excellent fishing off the Delaware Bay. Visit the beach, take a walk around. Enjoy this non-Walmart, developed and robust island. As it is true to its name… Money Island is an island rich of its inhabitants and its abundant wealth of its “treasured” landscape.