Beachwood is Located in
Ocean County New Jersey
Beachwood is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of
the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 10,375.
Beachwood was incorporated as a Borough by an Act of the New Jersey
Legislature on March 22, 1917, from portions of Berkeley Township, based
on the results of a referendum held on April 12, 1917.[
In November of 1914, the New York Tribune, cooperating with Mr. Bertram
Chapman Mayo (founder of Beachwood) issued an "Extra" announcing
"Subscribe to the New York Tribune and secure a lot at Beautiful
Beachwood. Act at once, secure your lot in this Summer Paradise now!"
This was the greatest premium offered by a newspaper - nothing equal to
it was ever attempted in the United States.
Mr. Mayo, a resourceful, imaginative man who had successfully "founded"
four (4) other communities between California and New Jersey (Browns
Mills) before he came upon Beachwood. Each was founded in a similar
Trainloads of prospective buyers were met at the railroad station and
taken by "automobile" to select their lots in the 1763 available acres.
After a successful morning transacting business, they were taken down to
the beach for an afternoon of "free lunch" and family fun.
By 1915 a club house, yacht club, pier, bath house, railroad station and
a 37 room lodge were available to house the new residents. Ninety three
(93) cottages had been built by then as well.
By 1917 the community had grown substantially and the desire to strike
out on it's own became prevalent. On March 22, 1917 by legislation of
the State of New Jersey, Beachwood was an Incorporated municipality.
By 1919 population exploded to 1200 summer residents, and by 1960 it
boasted a year round population of 2,774, quite a jump. Current (90'
census) puts the number at nearly 10,000.
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