“The Most Desirable Spot on the Coast”
…for the weary citizen to recuperate his flagging energies, and thereby add years of usefulness and enjoyment to life. - 1877 Poster
The wide, soft sand of Belmar’s beach is a welcome site to all who enjoy the splendor of the ocean. In 1872, when Belmar was called “Ocean Beach”, it was not yet the Victorian ocean resort that was soon to develop. The BHS has worked to...
The commercial district of Belmar was “F” Street now called Main Street. Belmar’s downtown was located near the railroad tracks for ease in transporting goods. Early businesses carried essential items for the times. Shops sold coal,...
In the late 1800’s, Belmar’s marina area was riverside tidal mud flats where the Shark River forms a bay before emptying out to the Atlantic Ocean. The Shark River has long been a popular place to go fishing, crabbing and digging...
Museum Grand Opening April 11
The big day has arrived: Belmar has its first History Museum and History Room!
Belmar Museum Grand Opening
The BHS invites you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Belmar Museum and History Room on Saturday, April 11th from 1-4 p.m.
at 900 E Street located in the annex to the Union Firehouse. Ribbon cutting will be at 1:30 p.m.
, followed by a tour of the museum and archives along with a display of the digitized newspaper collection.
Museum neighbors, the members of the Union Firehouse, will also open their historic working fire house to the public where hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and soft drinks will be served.
The Belmar Museum offers residents and visitors displays and photos of the development of Belmar from its inception, when it was first called Ocean Beach. The well organized and beautifully displayed items allow visitors to visit the past, to see the first schools, churches, and ocean-side pavilions that no longer exist.
History Display at Boro Hall
he Belmar Historical Society (BHS) is featuring a new historical exhibit in their display case in Belmar Borough Hall
lobby. The display is called “A Bird’s Eye View of Belmar”. It contains historical aerial views of the town. Viewers can take a look at how things have changed in photos dating from 1925 to the 1960’s.
There are fewer homes and buildings in the older photos and more empty spaces and trees. The old oceanfront and bay side pavilions pictured are now gone. The display contains aerial views of the first marina development. The original layout of the town, in the grid pattern, remains the same with few exceptions. Some buildings that served one purpose originally, now have a completely different use. It is interesting to try and pick out houses and shops in the photographs and compare them to the present.
The display also contains a opening day envelope from Belmar’s short lived air mail service. It commemorates the maiden special flight that took place on May 19, 1938 and may be viewed during business hours.
Join us at BHS!
What do you get when you volunteer for the BHS? It is something as fragile as it is powerful, much like a postcard from the turn of the century filled with forgotten information. It is the opportunity to learn the history of your community, to find ways to preserve it, and then share that knowledge with others. Those are very important goals. We all need to give back, to be of value, to find a purpose for ourselves and a way to belong to our community.
Membership in the BHS is not what you get, but what you can give.
Attend a BHS Meeting!
You are invited to attend BHS open meetings on the second Tuesday of even-numbered months, usually beginning at 7 p.m. Although most meetings are held at the Community Room of Belmar Boro Hall, 6th Avenue entrance, special events are held off-site. To be certain of the location,call the Belmar History Museum at 908 309 3380 or send an email to email@example.com.