The Oyster shipping sheds and wharves at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve serve as a “portal of discovery” for the history, culture, and environment of the Delaware Bayshore region. They are now the home port for New Jersey’s Official Tall Ship, the 1928 schooner AJ Meerwald; house the Delaware Bay Museum and Folklife Center; and stand as a regional green practices site, showcasing the use of recycled materials, alternative energy sources and other eco-friendly options.
In 1904, the Central Railroad of New Jersey built this long complex of sheds to process oysters that were harvested from the Delaware Bay. The railroad knew that they would reap the monetary rewards of building an infrastructure to move oysters efficiently from the water to the plate. The sheds housed numerous oyster-related businesses and served as a “main street” for the community. In 1995, the Bayshore Center at Bivalve purchased one shed and its wharf; in 2001 with funds from the Cumberland County Empowerment Zone, we added six more sheds and 2 and 1/2 more wharves. By 2011, the sheds had been restored to their 1920s appearance with funds provided by the New Jersey Historic Trust and New Jersey Department of Transportation.
We invite you to visit this very important part of maritime history to learn more.
The Oyster Shipping Sheds offer a unique waterfront venue for your business, organization or personal gathering.
Call for facility rental information: 856-785-2060.