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.

June 3, 2024

BBHS Virtual Stroll Along Main Street

Sign up for the 2024 Virtual Stroll

Bradley Beach Historical Society is hosting its 2nd annual Virtual Stroll to revisit Delis, Luncheonettes, Soda Shoppes and Barber Shops featuring your stories from the 1950s through 70s.

Start thinking back to Antone’s, Fred Sciarappa’s Barber Shop, Lee’s Barber Shop, Jane Logan Shoppe, Frances Sweet Shop, La Nonna Piancone’s Cafe, Gibbs Deli, Jim’s Diner, and Phil’s Spa.

Register for the Zoom meeting now and start digging into your past for great stories before they are lost.


Bradley Beach Collectibles!

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Make your day at home or on the beach even more awesome by supporting the Historical Society. Spread the word about our mission with these Bradley Beach badge pillows and towels.

Note: Local Pick Up Only

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BBHS Events

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.


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.