“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...
Hope you were one of the over 100 people to attend the BHS’s first ever Bootleggers Ball on November 7, 2015 at the Waterview Pavilion. The event was held to support the preservation of Belmar’s history by enjoying a fun evening in beautiful Belmar! Proceeds from the event will go toward digitization of the remaining 26 years of historical archives of the Coast Advertiser and the Coast Echo newspapers.
The Bootleggers Masquerade Ball is themed in the 1920’s style as an ode to the Roaring Twenties. Historically Belmar’s marina was a bootlegging port during prohibition and rum-runners would utilize the Shark River Inlet’s many covers and access points to serve Jersey Shore residents and summer tourists, Ball guests were encouraged to dress for the part in 1920’s attire — and arrived in outrageous attire from flappers to newsboys, gentlemen in tails, to scoundrels.
For more information about event and the many thank you’s our members would like to extend, read on….
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.
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.
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.
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