Bradley Beach Historical Society

BBHS was founded as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization for the purpose of collecting and preserving local historical data and artifacts for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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What A Great Day!

Chinatown-By-The-Sea Reunion

On Saturday, August 26, the Bradley Beach Historical Society & Museum hosted a multi-generational celebration of the Chinese-American experience in Bradley Beach that dates back a century.

Beginning in the 1920s, families from New York’s Chinatown came to Bradley Beach every summer. They came for a few days or a few weeks to stay at Cliff Villa, which was owned by the Church of All Nations, a Methodist settlement house on the Lower East Side.

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BBHS Events

Guided Tour of Bradley’s Early Beachfront

Guided Tour of Bradley’s Early Beachfront

Travel across the sands of time with historian Robert Flood and his wife Susan, in a fun, fact-filled virtual tour of the early Bradley Beachfront from the 1870s thru the 1920s.


Important Update

In light of recent developments regarding the Coronavirus, the Bradley Beach Historical Society has postponed all events including the Salute to The Bradley Beach Police Department scheduled to open on March 24, 2020. The Bradley Beach Historical Museum will also be closed to the public until further notice.

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Celebrating the heritage of Bradley Beach by keeping its history a part of daily life.

Welcome to the Bradley Beach Historical Society (BBHS) web site. Here you can find out about events (past and future) as well as exhibitions hosted at our Museum, which is located in the Carmen Biase Center, 719 Main Street next to Borough Hall. If you want to learn fascinating facts about our coastal town, you will be able to search through our collection as our online archives expand.

Our Story

Captain Kidd’s Treasure

The earliest accounts of Bradley Beach can be traced back to 1679 when it is said that Captain William Kidd anchored his vessel off Duck Creek, now known as Sylvan Lake. By 1927, Bradley Beach had become a popular resort town.


Learn about the history of Bradley Beach, how it got its name and how the BBHS is collecting and preserving local historical data and artifacts for future generations.


See what’s happening in and around Bradley Beach and add our events to your calendar. View photos and reviews of our past events.

Love Stories

“Under the Boardwalk,
Over the Moon”

The history of Bradley is full of sweet, salty, and sentimental stories of young love.


See a visual history of New Jersey shore images; from vintage postcards to current day photos.


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Join BBHS to ensure that all our cherished stories and those of early day-trippers, weekenders and seasonal residents are passed on to future generations.


Celebrating the Chinese American Community in Bradley Beach,
Saturday, August 26, 2023

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Bradley Love Stories

True Love in Bradley Beach

True Love in Bradley Beach

Fourteen years after they met, Howard and Wendy began dating. They fell in love and two years later got married at the Berkeley Carteret in Asbury Park.

The Good; The Bad; The Crush

The Good; The Bad; The Crush

I have been married for 50 years. Lucky me, my wife loves to dance and listen to “oldies but goodies.” And, I still have the old but new and improved moves.