“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...
Belmar is a treasure of architecture styles, from cottages to grand old homes, that reflect not only how our little Boro was formed, but how the American culture has grown.
Our 2016 initiative is to Capture the Heart of Belmar by preparing a photographic history of the homes in our beautiful Boro. To accomplish this, we need your help.
As the Boro continues to evolve, we are losing some of our older homes. Let’s track the beautiful and unique structures we now enjoy. Take a few minutes to capture the historic qualities of your home in photo to include in our newly created pictorial history of the Heart of Belmar.
Photos of homes or unique additions/structures at least fifty years old on your property are sought for preservation. If your home is newer on the original footprint and you have photos of the original structure we would welcome photos of “now and then” — the old structure and the new. You can email or bring photos of your home or elements of your property to the Belmar Museum, 900 East Street, Belmar. We will include photos of your home, preserved in our museum. We are particularly interested in older homes or perhaps simply a portion of your structure with some unique feature or architectural style. New homes with before and after photos are also sought. The following is a list of some of the aspects of your property that are of on-going interest. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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