We learned about the Tuckerton Shell Mound while reading the book Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens by Barbara Solem-Stull. It is a huge deposit of shells that covers about one-tenth of an acre and it is believed to be about 1,500 years old! The mound was thought to be a burial site for Lenape Indians who lived in the area, and other sources say it was used as a landmark for navigation purposes. From the road it looks like a large clump of trees in the middle of the marsh, but when you get up close you can see that the entire mound is made up of shells. If you turn onto Great Bay Boulevard (also known as Seven Bridges Road) off of Route 9 in Tuckerton, Ocean County, the mound will be in the marsh to your right, before you get to the first bridge.
HELPFUL TIP: When looking for anomalies that are located on the side of a road, always look for places in the shoulder where it looks like people pulled over.
Right before the bridge, past the shell mound, there is also a pull-off and a small sign with a map showing the location of the shell mound.
Also located nearby are the Mystic Island Blocks.