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A Brief History of Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove was founded in 1869 when a group of Methodist clergymen formed the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to develop & operate a summer camp meeting site on the New Jersey seashore.


By the early 20th century, the popular Christian meeting ground became known as the “Queen of Religious Resorts.” The community's land is still owned by the camp meeting association and leased to individual homeowners & businesses.


Now, as New Jersey's finest year-round family seashore resort, this one square mile of natural beauty has welcomed & delighted vacationers for over a century.

On Ocean Grove's tree-lined streets is the largest assemblage of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation. In 1976, the town was entered in the National Register of Historic Places and, in 1977, the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places.

Though the population swells in the summer months, Ocean Grove is “open for business” 365 days a year, with over 3000 year-round residents.


Learn more from The Historical Society of Ocean Grove

Contact Information

39 Pilgrim Pathway 

Ocean Grove NJ 07756


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