Women's Heritage TrailAccording to local legend, during the Revolutionary War, Rebecca Stillwell Willetts looked out into the Great Egg Harbor Bay from Golden's Point (now called Beesley's Point). Looking through her father's spyglass, she saw that a British sloop had entered the bay and set out a long boat filled with redcoats heading for the point. Fearing that the British were intent on pillaging stored supplies (consisting of food and clothing) she and her sister Sarah set off to the cannon, located along the water's edge. The women were alone since their father was away buying supplies and Rebecca's husband Captain James Willetts had marched with 50 recruits to answer the call of Governor Livingston's plea to help defend Philadelphia. The cannon had been supplied by the Legislature at the request of the settlers to protect their stores. Rebecca fired a round of cannon grapeshot towards the long boat and the British returned to their sloop and left the bay, its settlers, and their homes unscathed.
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|Placed By||Department of Community Affairs New Jersey Historic Trust-New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 532160 N 4348745|
|Decimal Degrees||39.28748333, -74.62708333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 17.249', W 74° 37.625'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 17' 14.94" N, 74° 37' 37.5" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10-98 Harbor Rd, Marmora NJ 08223, US|
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