Scene Around: Mysterious Rumson Isle

What do you know about 142 Black Point Road?

Call it a tiny bit of South Pacific-type intrigue in Rumson.

In the classic musical South Pacific, the character Bloody Mary sings a song about the mysterious island that seems to call to people — Bali Hai.

There's a bit of Bali Hai intrigue for some in Rumson. People who have lived in the area have heard about it for many years. Some have even seen it — 142 Black Point Road.

Tucked away along a stretch of the road that spans from East River Road to the Shrewsbury River, there's a private driveway marked "private community."

There are gates, but they are usually open. And there's a long road with a small wooden bridge barely visible from the Black Point entrance. The road used to be a dirt road; but it is now paved.

It may not lead to Bali Hai, but it does lead to a special island, dubbed Barley Point.

Who lives there and how did this end up being a private community on a Navesink River island? Tell us what you know about it in the comments section below.

joie de vivre August 03, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I've been there a couple of times and heard that they don't want anyone to know about the island. It's for members only and a secret society. Apparently they are peeved by the book that was written by a former member/owner. I guess we should respect what's private, but with google maps and the internet how much longer can they keep silent?
joie de vivre August 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
One home is even for sale. http://www.coldwellbankermoves.com/property/details/3121936/MLS-21226217/142-Black-Point-Rd-Rumson-NJ-07760.aspx
joie de vivre August 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
It's an intriguing place that not everyone knows about. This is a way to guage what people know about places like this in the community. There will be a follow-up story on the island.
Shannon K. Winning August 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I've always been intrigued by Barley Point from kayaking past it. I wish I could buy this house and live there year round.
Joey Bagdano August 03, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Interested about who has jurisdiction. I know they shoot ducks over there and people complain. Similar but smaller island on other side by Waterman. No inhabitants there though.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Looking into that, but in looking at the master plan, I think it is out of Rumson's jurisdiction via grandfathered preservation rules. There is definitely more to come on it. From what I know, it is steeped in history and is a summer community only, from April to October.
Howard August 04, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Elaine, I would love to sit with you there and sip cognac and talk about memories past...
ALEX LYSZCZASZ October 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM
30 years ago this was the place to dig the most delicious fat belly soft shell clams ,(mya arenaria), they say 100 years ago the area was the best area in the world for oysters, clams . Todays restrictions enhance the enviornment, its hard to correct 100 years of destroying the enviornment. Get wisdom, with age you obtain wisdom.
Donna November 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
My grandmother owned a bungalow there in the early 1950's. It was an amazing place for me and my cousins to spend the summer. I have many fond memories of swimming and clamming in the river.
Marsha November 01, 2012 at 09:38 PM
My grandfather was one of the original owners and I spent my summers there. There was no electricity and everyone had a hand pump outside of their kitchen. Every year, sand would be poured onto the island to keep the bungalows from flooding. Horseshoe crabs were a nuisance, not an endagered species. We had clam bakes on the beach.I learned water skiing and how to pole a flat bottomed boat.
Blanche December 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I also was on Barley Point every summer with my grandparents, the Brosonski's. My parents, Ed & Blanche Cackowski later bought the place. Loved it without the electricity. Kids would play outside, adults would sit around bonfires at night and visit. The highlight of the night was the arrival of the ice cream truck. Swimming, boating, fishing right at your fingertips. What could be better? Both my brother and I moved out of state (Texas) or we would have kept it. So sorry to see the Sandy damage on the Falicon's video. Could not tell if our old place made it through, as it is on the second row facing the Navesink. Good luck to all on rebuilding. Blanche
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM
thank you--joe
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
me too
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
me too
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:18 PM
1000 years ago it was called heven
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:19 PM
read the book River Island
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I remember your grandparents Ed used to give me great crabbing tips.
Joseph Lanciotti April 03, 2013 at 01:26 PM
rea my book it will bring back happy days
Kathleen May 13, 2013 at 08:21 PM
My grandmother's first cousin John Tubridy used to spend summers there - we used to visit - I remember the bridge.


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