The History of Ocean Grove, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Ocean Grove, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group would like to present the following article showcasing the history of the town.

Ocean Grove

The unincorporated community of Ocean Grove is a census-designated place or CDP. It is located in Neptune Township, which is situated in the eastern region of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The community sits on the Jersey Shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Neighboring towns include Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, and Bradley Park. 


In 1869 the community was founded by a group of Methodist clergymen during the camp meeting movement. The movement was led by William B. Osborn and Ellwood H. Stokes, who founded the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in order to develop a meeting site on the state's seashore. The site began with just twenty camping tents, but lots were planned and sold for more permanent structures over the next few years.

By the early 20th century, the neighborhood became known as the "Queen of Religious Resorts." The association still owns the land and leases it to the individual homeowners and businesses within the community. It is the longest operating camp meeting site in the country. Each year there are 114 tents placed around the auditorium. Although the inhabitants are not mandated to be of Methodist faith, they are interviewed and required to respect the spiritual mission of the association. These tents average from $4,000 to $6,000 for summer rental and have a waiting least of over ten years. 

The area was added as a National Historic District in 1975. It has numerous early-20th century and Victorian architecture, including the Creamcake House. The Victorian gingerbread-style house is located on Embury Avenue and was built in 1880. The house is rented out to visitors that come to relax in the beachfront community. 


The summer resort community has many places available to rent on the beachfront. Some of these include:

  • The Windamer Ocean Front Guest House
  • Lillagaard Bed & Breakfast
  • Shawmont Hotel
  • Sandpiper Guest House
  • Laingdon Hotel


The community is mainly a summer resort community, so the population fluctuates depending on the season. 

As of 2010, the community was home to 3,342 people, 1,948 households, and 616 families. This was a decrease of 21.5% from the count of 4,256 in 2000. English is the primary language, but other languages spoke by the residents are Spanish and Langs. of India. The breakdown of the population's ethnicities included:

  • 91.41% white
  • 5.44% Hispanic or Latino
  • 5.48% African American
  • 0.03% Native American
  • 0.03% Pacific Islander
  • 0.87% Asian
  • 1.38% two or more races
  • 0.81% other races

The median income per household was $31,935 in 2000. The majority of the workforce is employed in white-collar jobs, including the following:

  • 17.54% management occupations
  • 11.57% sales jobs
  • 11.52% teaching 

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Date Published: September 3, 2021
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