Crestdale House Dock, Brielle, NJ – 1907
The Crestdale House was an early resort hotel on the banks of the Manasquan River in Brielle, NJ. The original railroad swing bridge connecting Brielle to Point Pleasant can be seen in the background. Along with fishing and boating adventures for the gents, the Crestdale House offered impromptu dances, merry games, music and song for the ladies. The pace of life was very different back in 1907… "On Tuesday evening a large party spent the hours from four to ten on the beach. They built a fire and swung the gypsey pot. The result was a savory compound called cassambo, and peculiar to the Indian nation." In other words, they used a cast iron kettle hung over a fire from a tripod to cook a highly spiced stew made from local meats such as muskrat, rabbit and squirrel along with fish. Could this have been a precursor to the clambake?