My Story of Quaker Bridge


What is Quaker Bridge? Here’s some information.

In 2006, I was a rank amateur photographer, studying under the famous landscape photographer Steve Greer. He took me to this location to do a photo shoot of the beautiful pine barrens He told me that one has to get connected to the place and that we should wade into the Mullica river to get the best shots. I remember I didn’t have waders and Steve lent me a pair. What a great experience, I could feel the river in my blood and remember that wonderful experience, and I am forever grateful for that experience.

Sunrise along the Mullica river in Pinelands photo 2

Sunrise along the Mullica river in Pinelands photo 1

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Early morning shoot at Quaker bridge with Steve Greer photographer.

The story of Quaker Bridge begins with the need to cross the Batsto or Mullica River at that place in present-day Washington Township. As Leah Blackman explains, that need arose primarily among members of the Society of Friends who attended a yearly meeting at Little Egg Harbor:

As before stated sometime during the youthful age of the meeting house, there was a yearly meeting established at Egg Harbor, which continued for a number of years, and Friends came from distant sections to the yearly meeting at Egg Harbor.

In the year 1772 John Churchman states that there was a large concourse of people at the yearly meeting then held at Little Egg Harbor [now Tuckerton]. Friends who came from the upper section of Burlington County crossed the east branch of Mullica river, at the place now known as Quaker Bridge. After fording the stream, they watered and fed their horses, and then sat down in the shade of a venerable and majestic oak tree and partook of the lunch they had brought with them. Fording the stream was not a very pleasant job, especially for people who were dressed in their “meeting garments,” and finally Little Egg Harbor Friends and Friends of the upper section of Burlington County, agreed to meet at the east branch of Mullica river, at the fording place, in order to construct a bridge as a more convenient way of crossing the stream. They met at the appointed time, and the banks of the stream being heavily timbered with large and primitive cedars a number of them were cut down, and a bridge constructed of them, and thus came about the name of Quaker Bridge, or as formerly called the “Quaker’s Bridge.”

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Photography Exhibit Pinelands Juried Photographic Exhibition – over $2000 in cash prizes

Photography Exhibit

Pinelands Juried Photographic Exhibition – over $2000 in cash prizes

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) is pleased to announce “Pinelands” 2023 Juried Photographic Exhibition. The goal of this exhibit is to celebrate the New Jersey Pinelands, our Nation’s first National Reserve, with photographs that capture its natural beauty pine land’s photo rich cultural heritage. This year, black and white and color images taken within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (see map) in the following categories will be accepted: (1) Landscape, (2) Flora and Fauna, and (3) Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).

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See all the acceptable photographs submitted for this exhibit since 2017 in our New Jersey Pinelands online art gallery.



Pygmy Pines Plains

Pygmy Pines Plains Photo

Pygmy Pines Plains

The central region of the Pine Barrens contains several areas of pine and oak forest that resemble the surrounding forests with one major exception: from a standing position, one can gaze over the top of the tree canopy. The Pine Barren Plains, known locally as the Pygmy Forest, contains trees that may attain a height of only about four feet at maturity. New Jersey contains the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community, which can be seen within portions of Warren Grove Recreation Area. Many researchers believe that this unique stunted forest ecosystem is partly the result of the fire ecology of the Pinelands.Pygmy Pines Plains Photo

Places that I don’t know in the Pinelands

Sooy Place
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Sonny place lake Lily pads in Pinelands photo

Sooy Place

Sooy is a place in the Pinelands that I was not familiar with. I came upon it driving down Sooy place road, making it s short cut to Long beach island. I saw this beautiful landscape and decided to explore it. It has several streams that feed some lakes. One is south branch of the burrs mill. The other is Slab causeway branch.

Here’s some photos for your enjoyment and if go out there watch out for Dangerous Dave.

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