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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.

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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