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, June 14, 2020
Origins of Bradley Police Department
Robert Flood, whose Bradley Beach roots pre-date the founding of the Borough, will talk about the history of the Police Department during a live online lecture on Sunday, June 14 at 3 PM. Descended directly from the second Marshal, Flood will explore the early years of the local force from 1893 – 1918. BBHS will not be issuing “tickets” for this special program, but advance registration is required.
Click here to register and to read more bout the event.
Stay Up To Date
BBHS invites you to chronicle a day in your life by sharing a page from your journal, sketch book or photo album that captures every day life in Bradley Beach during this unprecedented time.
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.
Local author and summer resident Bette Blum, read “Virgil’s from her book entitled Bradley Beach Treasures: Reflections of the Jersey Shore at BBHS’ Online Story Hour. Watch the recorded video.
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.
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.
Bradley Love Stories
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.
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.
The 50s were an idyllic romance with boys we loved for a week or so before one or the other of us moved on to the someone sitting on the next blanket.