“The Gateway to the Jersey Shore”
It isn’t difficult to imagine the Bay Head and Mantoloking of one hundred years
ago. One merely has to look at the area today; stately shingled houses, beautiful
churches, family-owned businesses and miles of oceanfront. The Barnegat, Bay Head and
Mantoloking area has survived the onslaught of change that has shattered other
communities over the decades.
Most of the original houses still stand, creating the sense of stability and
permanence, a sense that is softened by the area’s relaxed atmosphere. After all,
Bay Head was developed as a summer resort following the Civil War when New
Yorkers and Philadelphias began to discover the pleasures of recreational
Although most of the area’s residents live here year ‘round, the relaxed
mood prevails, perpetuated by summer filled with the delights of being near the
Surviving also is the sense of continuity. Most of the houses in the
Mantoloking and Bay Head area were built in the late 1800’s in the then popular
shingle style. Most shingle style houses are simple in plan and homogeneous in
material. This, in addition to the fact that the town fathers laid out the streets in
an organized grid formation, gives the boroughs the distinction of being
Built to house servants as well as families, many of the houses are large
and spacious. Most have expansive porches and large windows designed to
make the most out of pleasant sea breezes.
The houses, the churches, the hotels, the small businesses, and even the
beaches which make up the Bay Head and Mantoloking area each have a bit of
history to tell. Part of the romance of this special shore area is indeed its history.
But what is equally exciting is the future - a future Bay Head and Mantoloking
invite you to share.
We have just celebrated out 100th anniversery and we believe that we can dust ourselves off, stand up and be proud of the New New Jersey Shore.