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.

Bradley Beach, NJ

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.


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.


2020 Museum Exhibit

Congregating on The Front Porch: Memories of Courting, Cousins, Customs and Community

Congregating on The Front Porch: Memories of Courting, Cousins, Customs and Community

Join us Sunday, July 19, 2020, 1– 4 PM
Before the tv room, before air conditioning, there was the front porch, a special space between indoors and out where folks of all ages gathered for all sorts of reasons. Our exhibit will tell a visual story and capture what’s been lost and what might yet be reclaimed.

Any stories or memorabilia to share?
Contact BBHS for more information: 201-993-9480

Download Guidelines
BBHS-2020 Porch Exhibit Guidelines

Download & Complete Form or Submit Below
BBHS-2020 Intent To Participate Form

Call for Art - Intent to Participate

Will artwork be for sale?

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.


Join & Give
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.


BBHS Memorabilia
If you love Bradley Beach, you will want to add some of these fine items to your collection!

Don’t Miss

Bradley Love Stories

Sunrise Surprise

Sunrise Surprise

Before dawn in August 2013, Skyler invited Jessica to go to the beach with him to take some photos of the sunrise. Instead he proposed!

Athanasia & James

Athanasia & James

Lampros and Vasaliki Scaltsas, maternal grandparents of Bradley Beach native Eileen Shissias, operated a boardwalk restaurant- the Fourth Avenue Pavilion.

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