History of Spring Lake

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Spring Lake, NJ is a borough in Monmouth County that is rich in history and culture and has remained a popular resort on the Jersey Shore for more than 100 years. Residents and visitors enjoy the unhurried atmosphere that makes Spring Lake, New Jersey so unique, as well as our picturesque beaches, shopping, and dining opportunities. The architecture of many of the homes and buildings in Spring Lake dates back to the turn of the 20th century and lines the wide tree-lined streets throughout Spring Lake. The lake is named for the crystal clear water that supplies it from a multitude of underground springs.

Spring Lake is the perfect place to escape. Our picturesque resort town is just 65 miles from New York and Philadelphia but offers a welcome change of pace from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are no traffic lights or parking meters, and no need to hurry. Spring Lake’s two-mile boardwalk is different from those to the south, as it is uncluttered by superfluous shops and rich in history. Our Spring Lake, NJ Bed and Breakfast is one of 11 Victorian-style inns in Spring Lake that feature breathtaking architecture. Most of these inns began as private homes, and several Hollywood movies have been filmed here to take advantage of the unique backdrop afforded by our turn-of-the-century architecture. Spring Lake, NJ is the only town in the United States with two complete structures that were standing during the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The history museum itself is housed in a building that dates back to 1897 which started as a school and served as a Masonic meeting place during the 1950s.

Another popular historic landmark in Spring Lake is the Sea Girt Lighthouse, which opened on Dec. 10th, 1896 after almost 100 vessels sunk off the New Jersey coast in 10 years. The nation’s first fog beacon was introduced here in 1921. Our lighthouse is also the nation’s last live-in lighthouse, and today is a museum filled with rare maritime artifacts. Many of these artifacts come from the Morro Castle, a cruise ship that caught fire on September 8, 1934, off the Jersey Coast. Spring Lake, New Jersey lifeguards were among those who helped bring survivors to shore. Three years later, Spring Lake was involved in another historic disaster when townspeople assisted in the rescue when the Hindenburg zeppelin burned in Lakehurst.

Spring Lake truly is an excellent place to escape, whether you’re a history buff, or just looking for some peace and quiet. Take a look around our site to learn more about all the Things to Do in Spring Lake, NJ, and give us a call if you’re ready for a retreat to the Jersey Shore!

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