“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...
The event, nicknamed the “Bootleggers Ball” will be themed in the 1920’s style as an ode to the Roaring Twenties. Guests are encouraged to dress for the part. To be held at the Waterview Pavillion, there will be prizes for best costume and the BHS plans to hire a jazz band to perform throughout the night. Those in town with vintage cars can use the event an as opportunity to arrive in style as well.
“Dressing in costume transports you to that ear which makes it fun”, event organizer and BHS member Christine Rad said. “When I look at the Waterview Pavilion at night I can see men in their fedora hats and their suits and women in their gowns and flapper dresses walking down the stairs under the canopy and climbing inside their Model T’s. That’s the magic of history”. Historically, Ms. Read said, Belmar’s marina was a bootlegging port during prohibition and rumrunners would utilize the Shark River Inlet’s many covers and access points to serve Jersey Shore residents and summer tourists.
The BHS held its Grand Opening on April 11, 2015 on a beautiful Spring day in Belmar. Visitors are now welcome to tour the exhibits and research facilities at the Belmar Historical Society Museum in the Annex of the Union Fire House at 9th and E Street.
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. There is much to see at Belmar’s first Museum and History Room– be certain to plan your visit!
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