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14 Responses

  1. Clifford Somers says:

    Very cool, Greg! Thanks

  2. Tom Wolff says:

    I love the piece and the photos. Note the 1952 photo has a 1956 Ford and D some early 60s cars in the foreground. Plymouth’s I think.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Loved it. Great job!?!!

  4. Donna says:

    Wonderful. A real blast from the past.

    Any pictures of The Quay? It was a bar located between Sea Bright and Highland’s bridges. It used to have St. Bernard dogs roaming around and the singer Melanie used to play and sing there.

  5. Ruth Meszaros says:

    Great photos!

    I have some from a family stash. If I remember, I will send them on, but to whom should I send them? My great grandfather was Ebenezer Nesbitt — he apparently owned the big hardware store in SB and set up indoor plumbing in much of the area in the early 1900s.

    My grandfather was Wayne Cadwallader, who owned the pharmacy in SB for some years. And my father was John Cadwallader, a well-known builder and cabinet-maker in the area until the 1990s or so.

    My grandmother was Ivah Nesbitt Cadwallader Mowery (daughter of Ebenezer); she was on the Rumson school board, taught piano at home, and played the organ for the SB Methodist Church for many years.

  6. Kathy Nezzer says:

    Great pictures lots of memories.

    My grandparents were Eva and Emil Antkiw. They owned Sea Foam Beach and the stand on the beach and the public beach. I spent my summers working in the food stand and life-guarding on the small beach they had. Where Donavan’s is now.

  7. Stephen Rafe says:

    I can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you have spent in posting this collection. I lived in Sea Bright from infancy until I went into the service and again when I returned four years later and went to Monmouth College.


  8. sharon liljestrand says:

    Best collection of historic and present pictures of Sea Bright. Some I recognize from other sources and some for first time. Great job. Thanks for posting.

  9. sharon liljestrand says:

    I just revisited this site. Still feel this is the best SB collection I’ve seen. Any thought to putting this into a book? If so, please let me know!

  10. renate says:

    Thank you for posting these wonderful photos. I enjoyed this journey down memory lane.

  11. Gene Costello says:

    Thank you! Loved looking through all of these wonderful images. We own a home in Sea Bright that was a US Life Saving Station. We have two period photos. One of which is an aerial photo probably from the 1950s, the other looks like it is from the early 1900s. Let me know if you would like me to email copies to you.

  12. Pat Davis says:

    Your very last picture says Conners Beach Club. This was the Stowaway Restaurant & Hotel in Highlands near the bridge where Off the Hook Restaurant is now. This is a wonderful collection of memories. I enjoyed seeing them.

  13. Wendy schadt says:

    Loved the pics and the history. My family lived in SB from about 1920-1975. My great grandparents bought an acre on North Beach and built summer cottages. Kistner Kourt was the name.

  14. Lorraine Kushner says:

    My grandfather John Balint owned a cottage next to the original Rum Runner in the 1960s to the early 1970s. Before the Rum Runner, it was a home owned by two elderly sisters. The house was huge and had a fireplace in each room. There was a boathouse in the back where they stored a boat. As a child I found this amazing. There were doors that opened up and they drove the boat in and anchored it inside.

    I believe the house was sold because the women became too old to maintain it. It was bought and turned into the Rum Runner. The problem was that property had little parking. When they had their pig roast my Grandfather would let them use his front yard for additional parking and we reaped the benefits of the delicious food as a thank you.

    The cottage property became too much work and money for my Grandfather to maintain. The bulkhead on the river needed to be replaced. The backyard was eroding into the river. The property was sold around 1973-1974 to the owners of the Rum Runner and the cottage was demolished. That property now is the parking lot of McLoone’s Rum Runner.

    To this day 50 years or more later, I still miss this cottage. It is a pleasant memory.

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