Lanoka Harbor, NJ is a part of Lacey Township. Lacey Township was founded in 1871, and though Lanoka Harbor was never incorporated, the history of Lanoka and Lacey is intertwined together. Revolutionary war general John Lacey started Ferrago Forge on the Cedar Creek, and he dammed the Forge Pond. The area was called Ferrago Village for a while, then Bamber after William Hurry’s mother when he bought the land. The Lanoka Harbor and Forked rivers were used to ship the iron. The township worked in unison throughout that time.
These towns had a strong farming and agricultural personality as well. Bamber grew grapes and made wine, but Lanoka Harbor was also very well known for its vineyards. A celebrated local vineyard here was called Parker Matthews Vineyard, which sat on Lacey Road. Lanoka Harbor also grew corn, tomatoes and close by, grew peaches and pears. Hunting and pelt sales was a big trade in the area as well.
By 1858 it was time to build a proper schoolhouse, before that there were small classes held in storerooms and shared places. In Rodgers woods, the Lanoka Harbor Schoolhouse was erected and it lasted until it caught fire in 1977. The surrounding hamlets had a strong Methodist and Presbyterian presence but Lanoka Harbor became an early home to the Unitarian Universalist congregation.
As early as 1770, John Murray and Thomas Potter conspired to create Murray Grove. It is a Universalism retreat that predates Lacey Township, when the area was called Good Luck, NJ.
Pilgrims for the Universalist Church of America made their way here, marking Murray Grove as a homestead for their religion. They merged with the Unitarian church and became Unitarian Universalism. Today Murray Grove still holds retreats, conferences and a large “Homecoming” each year at the end of September. The Grove sits across from the Forsythe Wildlife Preserve, which is also a crucial part of Lanoka Harbor life.
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