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.

By Bette Blum

What’s wrong with this postcard?

Bet you passed this photo reproduction of an old postcard displayed on the Boardwalk many times without noticing something odd. Tell us what you see.
Beach Scene from LaReine Ave Pavilion Postcard

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BBHS Events

2021 Membership Renewals

2021 Membership Renewals

As this strange long year races to a close, it is time to reinvest in the future of the Bradley Beach Historical Society & Museum. Renew your membership now to support the dedicated community that is so committed to preserving the rich history of our special...

Louisa May Alcott Wants You to Vote

Louisa May Alcott Wants You to Vote

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, BBHS will present a look back at the role of beloved author Louisa May Alcott as a champion of suffrage.


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!

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Bradley Love Stories

The Good; The Bad; The Crush

The Good; The Bad; The Crush

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.

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.

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