Henry Charlton Beck (1903-1965) is best known for his series of books about New Jersey history and folklore that are currently published by Rutgers University Press; some of the pieces in the earlier books originally appeared in the Camden Courier-Post. Beck is revered by aficionados of roadside Jerseyana, but he was not highly thought of by the historians of his own time (nor by the folklorists that came after). At times, he was of the “never let the facts stand in the way of a good story” school. However, he documented places that in some cases no longer exist, and did pioneering work in what we would call “oral history” today. He was also a newspaper reporter, the author of a series of mystery novels, and an Anglican priest. This blog is an attempt to get to grips with Beck’s legacy.


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  1. Thomas O. Meehan says:

    I recently visited Old Log Gaol, Warren County, now Johnsonburg. I don’t know how to forward the photo with this comment. The inn mentioned in Beck’s account of same still stands and is boarded up, appearing to be under preservation. The little hamlet is there and an ancient cemetary is on the approach to the village along with a historic marker.

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