About us

Welcome to Barnegat Bay Outfitters! We are a family-owned and operated business with deep roots in New Jersey. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best apparel and accessories for their outdoor adventure needs.

Our team of experts has decades of experience in the outdoor industry and is committed to providing top-notch customer service. Whether you're a seasoned angler, a first-time boater, or simply looking to enjoy the great outdoors, we have everything you need to make your next adventure successful.

Our online store offers a wide selection of top-quality gear, including shirts, hats, and other accessories. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable and friendly staff, who are always happy to help you find the perfect gear and answer your questions. So visit our site today and let us help you make your next adventure a success!

We are actively looking for wholesalers in 2023, so stay tuned for updates.

A little more history about how our family (our great, great, grandfather) had an impact in New Jersey:

In the year 1898, Egg Harbor City was still in the dark. The streets were dimly lit by oil lamps, and the idea of electric light seemed like a dream. But two young men from Philadelphia, Thomas Mather, and Daniel W. Green, were determined to bring light to the town.

It all started when Thomas Mather visited Egg Harbor City for a social event. He fell in love with Bertha Ohmneis and decided to stay. Daniel Green also came to the town and married Pauline Doell. Both men were ambitious electricians and quickly noticed the lack of electric lights in the town.

They wasted no time in persuading Mr. Robert Ohmneis, Sr. to invest in electric lights for Egg Harbor. Mr. Ohmneis added a modest sum to what Mr. Mather had, and a small building was erected in almost the same spot as the current plant. Green purchased and installed the machinery, while Mather managed the erection of poles and other necessary equipment.

The plant gradually grew, and a company was formed. Electric light was gradually introduced into homes, but cooking by electricity was still in the future. Eventually, the plant became large enough to furnish electricity to nearby Mays Landing.

Later on, Miss Doell published an article in the local newspaper about the story of Thomas Mather and Daniel Green bringing electric light to Egg Harbor City. In response, Thomas Mather wrote to her, giving her more details about the events leading up to the installation of the plant.

Mather explained that in 1896, Daniel Green and H.L. Siggons obtained a franchise to construct an electric light plant, but their backers became discouraged and moved the machinery to Pitman, NJ. Mather returned to Egg Harbor City in 1898 and applied for a franchise and obtained the same. They used gasoline power at first, but the price of gasoline rose rapidly, leaving the plant in a precarious financial situation.

However, after about a year of operation, a contract for 23 street arc lamps was obtained from the City of Egg Harbor. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the new frame plant building, and the town had to revert to using oil lamps for a while.

It was then determined to use steam instead, and a building known locally as the Old Piano Factory near Penna. R.R. & Norfolk Ave was used. Mr. Robert Ohmneis, who was now the owner of the building, formed a partnership with Mather and invested in the building. The generator was rewound, the gasoline engines were rebuilt and traded for a new steam engine, belts, pumps, and an 80 HP boiler.

Around 1901, a group of financiers from Philadelphia became interested in forming a system of connected plants from Egg Harbor to Pitman and nearby towns, including the Hammonton NJ plant. While they were in control, a franchise was obtained from Hamilton Township for lines to and in Mays Landing.

After some differences arose regarding finances, the Mays Landing lines and Egg Harbor plant were disconnected from the Philadelphia interests and operated as Atlantic County Electric Co. Several years later, the Egg Harbor Gas Co. started negotiations to take over the plant, and the transfer was made in 1909. The electric and gas interests were eventually sold to the Atlantic City Electric Co.

In 1905, the town celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and the electric lighting displays helped make the occasion memorable.

Thanks to the hard work and determination of Thomas Mather and Daniel W. Green, Egg Harbor City was no longer in the dark. The town had electric light, which eventually paved the way for other modern amenities. Their legacy lives on, and the people of Egg Harbor City still enjoy the benefits of their hard

The story of Mather and Green's electric lighting plant in Egg Harbor City is a testament to the power of entrepreneurship and innovation. Their vision and determination helped to bring reliable and affordable electricity to a growing town, and their legacy continues to this day.