(swipe) Did you know? ... In the 1930’s and 1940’s, there were two tent cities in Wildwood-By-The-Sea. There was one at the southern tip of the island and one in North Wildwood.
The first tent city in North Wildwood was located around 15th Street and the Beach around 1927. There one could rent a tent for $25. But in August of that year, there was a hurricane that blew the tops off the tents so the owner closed the business.
Later, another tent city was established at 16th and the Beach but this Tent City consisted of 36 furnished cottages and camping spaces. The cottages contained sleeping accommodations for 4-6 persons, had a “private lavatory”, a gas stove, dishes, silverware, linens, blankets and towels. It cost only $15 a week to rent one of these cottages. The camping spaces could be rented for $10 a week. Free parking was also included.
Accommodations could also be rented by the day, week, month or season. The season was May 15 to September 15.
There was a Tent City Restaurant on the premises. For dinner, a special platter could be purchased for 35 cents.
According to an advertisement for Tent City “this unique vacation colony was nearby to the great variety of boardwalk amusements, easily accessible by the Reading or Pennsylvania Railroad, bus lines, or New Jersey’s improved hard-surfaced highway system. Golf, fishing, crabbing and an endless variety of amusements await you”
Lynda Bock was looking through some boxes of old family photos that she had acquired after most of her family passed away. Included in the photos were some from her mother’s family vacation in Tent City in North Wildwood in 1937. Lynda had seen the article about the Tent City in the July/August 2010 issue of Sun-By-The-Sea and didn’t realize that there was also a “Tent City” in North Wildwood. #Sunstories #storytelling #followtheSun #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea ☀️🌊📰