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

About Us

Early Settlers in Belmar: The Lenni Lenape Nation were the first known settlers, followed by pioneer farmers.  In 1872 a group of businessmen purchased the land we now call Belmar and organized the Ocean Beach Association.  Building lots, streets and bridges were laid out in a grid pattern that remains today.  The name “Belmar” was finally adopted by the town on May 14, 1889.


  • To welcome visitors to Belmar’s first history museum to view the memorabilia and learn the proud history of Belmar located in the Union Fire House annex, 900 E Street, Belmar.
  • To bring the history of Belmar to visitors of all ages, including school children, through historical exhibits, changing displays, and educational programs.
  • To be the official repository of Belmar memorabilia and encourage year-round and long-time summer residents to share and/or donate their memories and keepsakes with the BHS.

History Display at Boro Hall

he Belmar Historical Society (BHS) is featuring a new historical exhibit in their display case in Belmar Borough Hall ariel display jan 2015lobby.  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 until the middle of February.

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.

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Attend a BHS Meeting!

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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 Historical Museum at 908 309 3380 or send an email to


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