“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...
Save the date of November 7, 2015 to attend the BHS’s first ever Masquerade Ball. The event is being held to raise money to complete the digitization of historic Coast Advertiser newspaper. Everyone is invited to support the preservation of Belmar’s history by enjoying a fun evening in beautiful Belmar!
The event will be held at the Waterview Pavilion, Belmar, from 7 until 11 p.m. Nicknamed the “Bootleggers Ball”, the event will be themed in the 1920’s style as an ode to the Roaring Twenties and guests are encouraged to dress for the part in 1920’s attire — flappers and gentlemen in tails will look grand! A call has been made to all those in town with vintage cars that can be used at the event — a proper way to arrive in 1920’s high style! Tickets are $75, available at the Belmar Museum, 900 E Street,at the Union Fire House annex. Call 908 309 3380 or email info@Belmarhistoricalsociety.org to schedule a time to pick up your tickets. Click below for further information and please check this site as well as the BHS Facebook page for regular updates as planning evolves.
Now you can read historical Belmar newspapers from the turn of the century on your home computer! The BHS is proud to offer digital access to a wealth of history contained in the pages of the Coast Advertiser newspaper from 1893 to 1973.
Take a moment to browse the history of Belmar by linking to our extensive file of Coast Advertiser from 1893 to 1973. Click this link COAST ADVERTISER RESEARCH to explore the fascinating history of Belmar, research your family tree, read about the life and times that are the foundation for our wonderful town from the original articles in the Coast Echo/Coach Advertiser newspaper. For example, you may be surprised to know how ‘F’ Street (now Main Street) was such a thriving business community in the early 1900’s.
Did you know that Belmar had 3 and reportedly as many as 5 movie theaters, despite its small size? That one of the movie houses had a leaky roof so notorious that savvy patrons brought umbrellas? And that Belmar itself was in the movies, like the 1980 Woody Allen film Stardust Memories?
You can learn more about Belmar’s movie-going history by visiting the Belmar Historical Society (BHS) museum. Posters, photos and displays will introduce you to Belmar during its early days at the turn of the century.
In addition, while you enjoy Movies on the Beach this summer you can continue to support the BHS by purchasing a bag of popcorn while you and your family relax on the beach, listen to the ocean, feel the warm breezes and watch a currently popular movie with your friends and neighbors.
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