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.
What A Great Day!
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.
Stay Up To Date
Join us on Saturday, August 26, 2023 for a multi-generational celebration of the Chinese-American experience in Bradley Beach that dates back almost a century.
Join the Bradley Beach Historical Society for a virtual stroll down Main Street in Bradley Beach, Monday, June 26, 2023 from 4 – 5:30pm. Register now to participate.
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.
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
True love begins in Bradley Beach. If it weren’t for Bradley Beach, Pat and Jim Wu never would have met and begun their 74 year love story.
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.
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.