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The rail was called the Bayview marina Motel. It was on oak road and owned by my grandparents. Bill and Thelma Dreyer. They also had a lunchonette. What a great childhood growing up on the bay. The piers and rail. Bob Neeley was friends with my grandfather and would come to the marina often. I still remember his orange truck and his very large knuckles from RA. I use to love walking on the coral beds at low tide. The marina was always busy, morning noon and night. My grandparents sold it and the new owners ran the business into the ground what ashame.
:wave: are you still down there?
 

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For some reason I couldn't think of the name of the original owner of Bayview Marina. I was stuck on the name of Harry for some reason. But now I see it was Tony.:thumbsup:
Actually I'm a little older than all of you folks......the original name of the Bayview/ Bob's/ Tony, etc. was Sheps. Shep actually built the place and it was a pier orginally. He quickly tired of putting it back up every year and converted it to the railway. This was in the mid 50's.
 

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Wildwood Ave. pier was Walt Soboloski's Pier. Leatherneck and Jackson's were one in the same, just different times. The "green shack" between Wildwood Ave. and Town Bank was called the "Brother's Fishing Lodge". Way back in the day that area was all wooded and I used to gig frogs in the streams running through there. There was a small dinner on Bayshore Road at the south end of the Villas who would buy my frog legs.....that's how I earned my boardwalk money.
 

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Thank you all

Thank you all for refreshing my memories ,they were getting very spotty.spent many a summers up on the bay fishing&crabbing from from the old piers a lot of great people and memories,Im glad to hear that a lot of you had great times too Our pearl in the oyster .getting covered in that bay muck ! Riding our bikes on the sandbars at low tide . Grandmom had a house on drumbed rd & 111 woodland ave ,what I wouldn’t give to see us coming home sunburnt,& tar on your feet from walking around the villas all day with no shoes on ! Who remembers the Jeep that used to fog out the neighborhood up &down every street ,or hearing the old ferry whistle at night when it was leaving cape may ! Last but not least lets hear it for K & W ice cream parlor Thank you to all for the memory jog 😎
 

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did you know any of the names mention ? i dont get to the villas much anymore . i do still have 2 cousins that live there but most of the family moved away or passed on.
my grandparents are buried in st marys cenetary so i visit them occasionally.
 

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I hope folks are still monitoring this page. I have a long history with the Villas and was surprised to come across this site - brought back many, many memories. My first memories of the Villas are as a toddler. We used to visit my Aunt Gerch and Uncle Ricky on Greenwood Ave, just a couple of houses up from Bayshore Road. My adventure at Abbonatti’s pier (which we called “Abbo-nanny’s) came in the summer of ‘62. We rented a place just down from the bay and across from the pier on Schellenger Ave. Things I remember where Mr Abbonatti’s missing finger, the rickety, swaying pier and the smell of skunk. Oh, and my sister’s having to kill the crickets infesting the screened-in porch. The house was still there until recently when it was torn down and a new one built. The pier itself is long gone and a multi-million dollar home is there.

The following year my parents bought a place on Oregon Ave for about 5k. Dead end street, 2nd house from the woods. Small bungalow with no air, no fan and no tv. However plenty of heat, humidity and of course, mosquitos - “7 miles from Wildwood, 7 miles from Cape May, in the middle of nowhere”. We had a big family so the place was always overcrowded, especially on weekends when my Dad would come down from Philly. The place had a double lot so my Dad could grow vegetables for the family for the winter. For my brother and I, it was like being sent to a chain gang for the summer as there was a never ending list of chores to be performed in the aforementioned heat, humidity and mosquitoes. Once in a while we would get a reprieve by a visit to Wildwood or Cape May.

In ‘72 I had my first job working at a gas station/car wash at Bayshore and Pinewood. 60 hours/week, $1/hour. I had a half day on Sunday, and would go to Villas Liquor store across the street and get 3 quarts of Iron City for 99 cents. I would go home and my Dad would make my brother and I liverwurst and toast sandwiches and we’d drink the beer. I was 15 years old. Little did I know that would be my last full summer “downnashore”. I would get back once in awhile for a weekend, but the house passed out of the family in the early ‘80s. Nowadays, I try to get to the shore once a year and always swing through the Villas. The roads looked the same as they did in the ‘60s up until very recently when some attempt at repaving was made.

It was a real trip down memory lane to read through these posts. I was glad to see someone remember L & L’s on Bayshore. It stood for “Lucy and Lollie’s”. You would walk in the door and there was long wooden table on the left covered with all sorts of penny candy. And up against the wall a rack loaded with all sorts of magazines. Also happy to see K&W’s mentioned. Had many a good custard there. Also Frank’s Deli next door - the buildings are all still there, just different occupants. I was also delighted to hear someone mention Dan’s. Dan was a great guy, a Vietnam vet. They made the best milkshakes I ever had. I always wondered what happened to him. Someone had mentioned about the old blind guy cashier - wow! Haven’t thought about him for years!

A few other random memories: the 7-11 at Kentucky and Bayshore (now gone) and empty lot that was there before it was built. They used to hold a circus there once a year. Going to the shopping center in North Cape May - the Ak-a-mee, Handyman Haven and Dellas. Village Lumber, Gaiss, Sunday morning mass in the gym at St Raymond’s. St Raymond’s fish fry on Friday nights ($.99), May Linington’s realty. All the great bakeries - Latimer’s, the Italian bakery across from St Raymonds had great rolls. There was also a vacant place nearby called “Hole in the Wall” donuts. Fireworks on the 4th of July at the ball field. And the firehouse re-built twice over that time.

I thank all that posted for bringing back many memories. I‘ll be back in a few weeks with my siblings and their spouses to tour the old haunts. I’ll be sure to point them to this site.
 

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BTW…I forgot. Yeah I remember Bowman’s lake. Couldn’t afford the membership, but used to go there to play miniature golf. The remains are still there. Of course, I also used to run behind the mosquito Jeep :oops:. Finally, there was a gun club back in the woods from Arizona Ave. We used to go back through the woods to pick up spent cartridges.
 

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Just came across this site and so glad that I did. Many memories of the Villas. My parents purchased a house on Oak Ave. in the early 50’s. I remembered much of what others have written but details were a bit foggy. I was very young so mostly remember the 60’s and going to the bay. Many boats were anchored right off the beach and held in place with tree trunks sunk in the sandbars (Several times my siblings and I climbed into the boats while swimming in bay). I remember the rail launch at Oak Ave and watching the boats being taken out and brought back in later in the day. Was one of the owner’s girl’s name Donna as I think we used to play together? We would ride our bikes over to the playground that was next to the Villas Lumber Yard. I remember either a bakery or drug store near Oak and Bayshore (maybe Walnut) where we used to get the long creme donuts!! They were the best!
We had to sell our home in late sixties however my grandmother kept her home and we continued to visit.
I retired and moved back to the Villas about 5 years ago and still find this such a quaint and lovely place. I look forward to hearing other memories from those that grew up during this time.
 

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Just came across this site and so glad that I did. Many memories of the Villas. My parents purchased a house on Oak Ave. in the early 50’s. I remembered much of what others have written but details were a bit foggy. I was very young so mostly remember the 60’s and going to the bay. Many boats were anchored right off the beach and held in place with tree trunks sunk in the sandbars (Several times my siblings and I climbed into the boats while swimming in bay). I remember the rail launch at Oak Ave and watching the boats being taken out and brought back in later in the day. Was one of the owner’s girl’s name Donna as I think we used to play together? We would ride our bikes over to the playground that was next to the Villas Lumber Yard. I remember either a bakery or drug store near Oak and Bayshore (maybe Walnut) where we used to get the long creme donuts!! They were the best!
We had to sell our home in late sixties however my grandmother kept her home and we continued to visit.
I retired and moved back to the Villas about 5 years ago and still find this such a quaint and lovely place. I look forward to hearing other memories from those that grew up during this time.
wow, this thread brings back a lot of good memories. I spent my summers in the little white house right next to Neely’s Pier on Beach Avenue. My grandfather built the house in 1931. He and Bob Neely bought the properties in 1928, I’m not sure when Bob built the pier, but I remember him and his wife and daughter living there. My mom kept the house until she passed in 2015, then we sold it in 2017. I was friends with Wayne McGill, and knew his brothers Jim, Chuck, and Harold. There was another guy named Billy Olsen who lived a couple doors down on Coverdale. If anyone has a picture of Neely’s Baithouse with the shark on top, could you please post it? I have many pictures of the pier and one of Neely’s store, but unfortunately none of the Baithouse.
 

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wow, this thread brings back a lot of good memories. I spent my summers in the little white house right next to Neely’s Pier on Beach Avenue. My grandfather built the house in 1931. He and Bob Neely bought the properties in 1928, I’m not sure when Bob built the pier, but I remember him and his wife and daughter living there. My mom kept the house until she passed in 2015, then we sold it in 2017. I was friends with Wayne McGill, and knew his brothers Jim, Chuck, and Harold. There was another guy named Billy Olsen who lived a couple doors down on Coverdale. If anyone has a picture of Neely’s Baithouse with the shark on top, could you please post it? I have many pictures of the pier and one of Neely’s store, but unfortunately none of the Baithouse.
This is the house built in 1931 at 8 Beach Avenue.
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I enjoyed reading all of your stories. My Grandparents lived on Ridgewood. I remember looking up the beach & seeing the railway. Thanks for the trip back in time!
I never imagined there would be so much interest in a small town like the Villas, to me it was a great place to spend my summers. This is Neely’s pier in its hayday!
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hi bob.

thanks for the ic and sharing. i will be staying with Jimmy Mcgill and family all next week in west virginia. if i knew your last name i would tell him. i just sent your post and pic to his daughter via text so he can see it. my granparents lived on cloverdale behind bob and jimmies boat was always docked there
 

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hi bob.

thanks for the ic and sharing. i will be staying with Jimmy Mcgill and family all next week in west virginia. if i knew your last name i would tell him. i just sent your post and pic to his daughter via text so he can see it. my granparents lived on cloverdale behind bob and jimmies boat was always docked there
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my name is Bob Kuzepski, Please tell Jim I said hi. Jim also knew my mom Eileen, and he did a good bit of work on the cottage in the picture. I hope he and his family are all doing well. Thanks!
 

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hey Bob
what cottage in what pic ? did you know Mike and Ann who lived in the house between Neeleys and the restaurant on Cloverdale ? they also had the candy store on the bay that was washed away during the hurricane in 1960 something. do you know what year the pic is of the old pier you posted ? somewhere i have a pic of my dad and his dad standing on the pier with two 60 lb drum fish they caught on Jimmies boat.
do you still live down there ?
 

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hey Bob
what cottage in what pic ? did you know Mike and Ann who lived in the house between Neeleys and the restaurant on Cloverdale ? they also had the candy store on the bay that was washed away during the hurricane in 1960 something. do you know what year the pic is of the old pier you posted ? somewhere i have a pic of my dad and his dad standing on the pier with two 60 lb drum fish they caught on Jimmies boat.
do you still live down there ?
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Just so I know what to call you, what is your name? Did Mike and Ann have a son named John? I think I remember Mike. The year of that pier picture was sept of 1968. Here is the picture of the cottage I referred to. This was number 8 Beach Avenue. The street dead ended at our house, the house just past Neely’s.
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Did you know Johnny Roberts, I think he lived on evergreen?
 

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Hi,
Just so I know what to call you, what is your name? Did Mike and Ann have a son named John? I think I remember Mike. The year of that pier picture was sept of 1968. Here is the picture of the cottage I referred to. This was number 8 Beach Avenue. The street dead ended at our house, the house just past Neely’s.
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Did you know Johnny Roberts, I think he lived on evergreen?
Almost forgot, we sold the house pictured above in 2017.
 

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my name is Chris. i never lived down there, but was there a lot as my family did. Mike and Ann adopted a brother and sister. Johnnie and Terry. Terry was special needs.
so the back of your property backed up to my grandparents property. after they passed, Jimmys daughter Ann and family lived there and fixed it up. there used to be a Gazebo on the side of the property. i know since they sold, a pool was added and more rehab had been done.
as a kid we would play football in the parking lot for the Inn which is covered in newer homes now.
lol actually the house behind yours shown in the pic was my grandparents then jimmys daughter Ann and Steve Schaffer.
 

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my name is Chris. i never lived down there, but was there a lot as my family did. Mike and Ann adopted a brother and sister. Johnnie and Terry. Terry was special needs.
so the back of your property backed up to my grandparents property. after they passed, Jimmys daughter Ann and family lived there and fixed it up. there used to be a Gazebo on the side of the property. i know since they sold, a pool was added and more rehab had been done.
as a kid we would play football in the parking lot for the Inn which is covered in newer homes now.
lol actually the house behind yours shown in the pic was my grandparents then jimmys daughter Ann and Steve Schaffer.
Hi Chris,
I remember Johnnie, we used to call him Johnnie oatmeal, I think because he liked oatmeal a lot, not sure, that was a long time ago. When you see Jimmy next week, please show him this picture. This was taken at one of those photo - target ranges on the boardwalk in Wildwood. If you hit the bullseye it would take your picture. That is me shooting the gun, I’m sure Jimmy will recognize someone else in the photo. Thanks for bringing back such great memories.
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