Island Heights Borough - John Wanamaker Camp

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Island Heights Borough - John Wanamaker Camp

The landmark Wanamaker Camp on Barnegat Bay in Island Heights was built around the turn of the twentieth century by the Philadelphia department store mogul John Wanamaker to provide a summer camp for the young employees of his store. For nearly half a century, John Wanamaker Commercial University, with its military drills, band and minstrel shows, was a popular source of entertainment for the local people. The Presbyterian Synod of New Jersey purchased the property in 1949 and for twenty-three years, used it also as an organized co-educational summer camp for young people. Today, the camp site is used for municipal purposes.