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.

Sunday July 19, 2020

Virtual Porch Tour & Story Hour

Join Bradley Beach Local 2020 of The Professional Porch Sitters Union on Sunday, July 19 at 3 PM during our virtual Porch Tour and Story Hour. Congregating on The Front Porch, BBHS’ annual summer event, will celebrate oral story-telling, which has a long history of transmitting traditions, culture, rituals and customs from generation to generation. Via Zoom on the 19th, Bradley lovers will share stories of how the front porch has served as the “original Neighborhood Watch,” promoted romance and fostered instant communication among neighbors.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Congregating on The Front Porch

Congregating on The Front Porch

Before the tv room and air conditioning, there was the front porch, a special space between indoors and out where folks of all ages gathered. Drop by our virtual porch on July 19 for stories and sweet memories.


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.

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.

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

Lou & Sherry’s Love Story

Lou & Sherry’s Love Story

Lou and I spent days sunbathing on the Brinley Avenue beach that was packed with teens. We would sing along with friends playing guitars or listen to a transistor radio.

A Love Story – Twice

A Love Story – Twice

We realized that we could always get to the city if we had to but it would be difficult to sell our Bradley Beach house full of memories and try to rent every summer. So here we are.

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