As early as 1690 until around 1920, Gloucester was a destination for visitors wanting to take in the cool breezes along the Delaware River.
Visitors from Philadelphia would escape the summer heat in the city by boat to the eastern shores of the Delaware of Gloucester Point.
During colonial times the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club would assemble at Gloucester Town in the fall and winter month to start the chase.
Others would come to Gloucester to partake in the the chalybeate spring water.
In the spring months, the Shad fisheries would bring in the crowds seeking the famous Planked Shad. And it was with the Planked Shad dinners that the crowds would become larger and travel great distances to the Gloucester waterfront.
The crowds would make use of the Gloucester ferry landings for day trips. As more crowds came, more attractions and accommodations would be be built.
Buena Vista Gardens:
Hagarty's Hotel and Pavilion:
Guy's Pavilion :
Thompson's Hotel and Pavilion:
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show:
The Philadelphia A's Base Ball Team:
Poor Man's Cape May:
The summer of 1888
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show
Anne Oakley joins the show.
In the play and movie "Annie Get Your Gun" is based on her and Pawnee Bill is always trying to get Anne Oakley to join his show, it actually happens in Gloucester City in 1888.
Advertisement for Thompson's Hotel
The Gloucester Beach.
( Drawn by Billing )
September 28, 1888
"T.C. Foster's sloop yacht The Restless in race of Quaker City Yacht Club" at Gloucester City.
Morris, Marriott Canby, 1863-1948, photographer.
Thompson's Hotel and Pavilion
Thompson's Pavilion could hold 4,000 people.
Thompson woulds build a boardwalk along the waterfront.
Patrick McGlades Pavilion
The Boardwalk War on the Delaware River