The Oceanport Historical Committee began selling copies of Oceanport A Great Place To Live, the sequel to Oceanport in Retrospect, detailing Oceanport’s history from 1970 to the present, in December 2022. Softcover copies are available for $30.00 cash or check made payable to the Borough of Oceanport, and hardcover copies are available for $75.00 cash or check made payable to the Borough of Oceanport. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, please see the Oceanport Centennial Facebook page for details. Copies are also available for purchase at Borough Hall. Copies can be shipped out of town for an additional charge by the Historical Committee.
The Historical Committee is currently working on having historical markers erected at Old Wharf Park, which was the center of town and the business district in Oceanport’s past. An application for a grant has been submitted for the project, and the materials are being gathered for the information to be displayed on the signs. We believe this will be a perfect addition to the beautiful waterfront park there.
Another project the Historical Committee is working on is setting up two display cases in the lobby of Borough Hall on Oceanport Way. The display cases have been ordered, and we have a small collection of three-dimensional items from Oceanport’s past, including items from Fort Monmouth, for display.
We continue to encourage residents past and present to share photos, documents, and other memorabilia from Oceanport’s past with us. To contact a member of the Historical Committee, please check the Oceanport Centennial Facebook page, or contact the Borough Clerk’s office.
We have been discussing a project for the future which would include small, possibly rotating exhibits in some of the historic buildings on the Fort Monmouth property in Oceanport to help preserve Fort Monmouth’s history there, as well as outdoor historical markers along the public path, the Riverwalk, adjacent to Parkers Creek.
We are also working on scheduling our Second Annual 63rd Army Band concert at the end of June, 2023. We had a lot of people in attendance last year who thoroughly enjoyed this free presentation outside at Blackberry Bay on a beautiful summer evening. Look for details in upcoming issues of the Oceanport Bulletin and on the Oceanport Centennial Facebook page and the Oceanport Residents Facebook page.