- Finns Point
Finns Point is a small strategic
promontoryat the southwest corner of the New Jerseypeninsula, on the east bank of the Delaware Rivernear its mouth on Delaware Bay. Due to a geographic curiosity, most of it is located in Salem County, New Jerseythough part of it lies in New Castle County, Delaware, approximately 10 mi (16 km) south of Wilmington, Delaware, and about 5 mi (8 km) northwest of the mouth of the Salem Riveron the New Jersey bank of the Delaware. Pea Patch Island, part of the state of Delaware, sits in the channel of the river facing the promontory.
The promontory was probably named after early Finnish settlers in the
New Swedencolony in the early 17th century. According to historical records, settlers began crossing the Delaware from Fort Christinato the east bank of the Delaware as early as 1638. In the 1670s the area became settled by English colonists from the New Haven Colonyas part of Fenwicks Colony.
The promontory is the location of
Finns Point National Cemetery, a military cemetery used in the American Civil Warfor Union and Confederate soldiers who died while at Fort Delawareon Pea Patch Island. It was also the location of Fort Mott, constructed after the Civil War and used up through World War Ito protect the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company facilities upriver at Carneys Point Township, New Jersey, as well as the port of Philadelphia. The fort is now part of Fort Mott State Park.
* [http://www.genealogia.fi/place/placenje.htm Finnish place name origins]
* [http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/index?section=news&id=4874173 Channel 6 Action News (Philadelphia) Special Report on Finns Point]
* [http://www.users.voicenet.com/~hsimmons/Finn%27s%20Point%20Website/FinnsPointHomePage.htm Finns Point National Cemetery]
* [http://www.gettysburgtourguides.org/Dispatch/ftmott.html Fort Mott]
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