Saturday, April 16, 2011
Somers Point, New Jersey USA
Somers Point, New Jersey is not named after Master Commandant Richard Somers, who was a native son of Somers Point, born there on September 15, 1778, the son of Revolutionary War Colonel Richard Somers and great-grandson of the city founder John Somers, after whom the city is named.
About our Community
The City of Somers Point, originally known as Somerset Plantation, is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County, dating back to 1693.
This four square mile attractive town is located in the eastern portion of Atlantic County in what was once known as Great Egg Harbor. Somers Point was first incorporated as a borough in 1886. At that time the voting population was 48.
The city is approximately ten miles south-west of Atlantic City, and 60 miles south-east of Philadelphia. The city is bordered on the east and west side of Egg Harbor Township and to the north of the City of Linwood. Three bridges join Somers Point to Cape May County on its southerly border; they are the Beesley's Point Bridge (currently closed), the Garden State Parkway Bridge, and the Rt. 52 Bridge (currently being re-constructed, but passable) into Ocean City.
Somers Point is primarily a residential community with a relatively large proportion of its residents employed in professional services or executive positions in Somers Point and neighboring communities.
Shore Memorial Hospital, a modern 380-bed medical facility, is Somers Point's largest employer, providing 1,400 jobs. Because of Somers Point's location on the Great Egg Harbor River bay-front, it is known for its marinas, boating, and numerous fine restaurants. Somers Point also has a vast variety of small and large businesses located throughout the community, including many medical professional offices as a result of the location of Shore Memorial Hospital.