The Bivalve Shipping Sheds are an example of the unique architecture which formed around the oyster industry of southern New Jersey.
The East Point Lighthouse, originally known as the Maurice River Lighthouse, was built in 1849 on an outcropping of land locally known as Haystack Island. It served a significant maritime commerce that included rapidly growing oyster and shipbuilding industries along the shores of the Maurice River and Delaware Bay. The lighthouse was designed by Alexander Parris (1780-1852) and construction supervised by the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers. The builders were Nathan and Samuel Middleton, Jr., two bricklayers from Philadelphia.