BELMAR, NJ — From quaint cottages to homes with multiple porches and ornate architectural detail, Belmar boasts a wealth of styles dating to its beginnings as Ocean Beach in 1872.

In its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video series, Belmar Historical Society offers a look at how photos and other information on homes — both old and new — are an important part of its archives. In fact, the society has an ongoing effort to take photos of all homes in the borough.

BHS secretary Karen Heullit explains how borough residents can find out more their homes, as well as help preserve their past and present for posterity. Click here for the video.

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She also announced BHS will soon launch an effort as part of Belmar’s 150th anniversary in 2022 — presenting house plaques to all homes 75 years and old. More details will follow soon. 

Each Sunday, BHS releases a new “Spotlight on Belmar” video on its Facebook page, featuring a society member who explores a specific historical topic related to the borough.

The video series was developed after the coronavirus crisis caused the cancellation of BHS’s free spring classes on the borough’s history at the Belmar History Museum.  

“The BHS officers and trustees decided to offer everyone the opportunity to stay connected to the history of Belmar by offering this series of spotlights to enjoy,” said BHS vice president Pat O'Keefe.

Past videos, which are also posted on its Facebook page, have focused on the borough’s very beginnings, early hotels, Belmar Elementary School, development of the railroad and the history of beach badges.

Meanwhile, BHS is looking forward to the time when the Belmar History Museum, located in the rear of the historic Union Firehouse at 900 E Street, will once again be allowed to welcome visitors. “The BHS officers and trustees are working to prepare for reopening in a way that ensures the safety of both the BHS volunteers and our visitors, and remain in compliance with regulations,” O’Keefe said.

Its members continue to reply to email inquiries at or 732-309-3380, or for more information, visit its website by clicking here.


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