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South Jersey dams reflect the lives of yesteryear

Some structures get facelift, as others deemed still sound

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Dale Gerhard

The lake has been in Alma VanGilder George's family for over five generations. The 750-foot Magnolia Lake Dam is one of the oldest dams in the state, according to records with the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is one of eight similar structures around New Jersey that predate the founding of the United States. Tuesday July 23, 2013. (Dale Gerhard Photo/Press of Atlantic City)

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Deep in Cape May County lies a scene that has changed little in almost 330 years. Lilies float on the surface of Magnolia Lake, its waters reflecting the distant trees that line the banks. And the traffic that sometimes backs up on Shore Road does so on a dam that has held back these placid waters since 1684.

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9 images

Dale Gerhard

The lake has been in Alma VanGilder George's family for over five generations. The 750-foot Magnolia Lake Dam is one of the oldest dams in the state, according to records with the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is one of eight similar structures around New Jersey that predate the founding of the United States. Tuesday July 23, 2013. (Dale Gerhard Photo/Press of Atlantic City)