Nestled in Neptune Township, NJ, you’ll find a small town that you might know as Ocean Grove. Whether you’re a new visitor or you’ve stayed with us at The Majestic Hotel in Ocean Grove before, you’ll love this quaint beach town and all that it offers. Shopping, beach time or alone time with that special someone, you’ll find it all right here. Perhaps one of the best parts of our small town is our history. As proud residents of Ocean Grove, we’re sharing the history of Ocean Grove with you today!
As you might already know, Ocean Grove was founded as part of the camp meeting movement in 1869. This was part of the holiness movement that lasted from 1824-1923. A group of Methodist clergymen worked together to form a summer camp meeting at the New Jersey shore that would draw visitors from Philadelphia and New York. The idea worked, and Ocean Grove was a popular place for visitors, who came from near and far to attend the camp programs. To this day, Ocean Grove is still owned by the camp meeting association with business owners and residents leasing property from the association. Ocean Grove remains the longest-active camp meeting site in the United States!
Since Ocean Grove was developed with religious intentions, the laws that people lived by tended to be much stricter than you would imagine. Until 1981, when Ocean Grove became part of Neptune Township, you weren’t allowed to drive a car on the streets on Sunday!
Ocean Grove has deep historical roots, shown by the greatest extent of Victorian and Early 20th century architecture. In 1975, Ocean Grove was even designated as a State and National Historic District! Some notable residents of Ocean Grove include Thomas Chisholm, Michelle Davidson, Southside Johnny, Haydn Proctor, Scott Rasmussen and David Spelman.
When you’re looking for a Jersey Shore hotel, The Majestic Hotel is a great place to be! You’ll be able to experience all of the history of this great town, as well as spend time shopping or at the beach. With so much fun to be had, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today! Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep up with our current specials, promotions and events.