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The first organized drive-in movie theater in the world opened in Camden, New Jersey in 1933. The concept quickly caught on and drive-in theaters became a popular form of entertainment across the United States.
Ocean County, located in the eastern part of New Jersey, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to pre-colonial times. The region was originally home to Native American tribes, such as the Lenape people, who lived off the land and utilized the ocean for fishing and trade.

During the colonial era, European settlers arrived in the area, establishing small farming communities. In 1850, Ocean County was officially formed from parts of Monmouth County and Burlington County. The area's economy was primarily based on agriculture, with crops like corn, wheat, and cranberries being cultivated.

In the late 19th century, the emergence of the railroads brought tourists and summer vacationers to the region, sparking the growth of beach resorts. Ocean County's coastal towns, such as Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Beach, became popular destinations for those seeking relaxation and recreation.

In the 20th century, Ocean County experienced significant population growth, fueled by suburbanization and the construction of the Garden State Parkway. This led to the development of residential communities and the expansion of infrastructure. Today, Ocean County is a vibrant and thriving area, known for its beautiful beaches, thriving tourism industry, and diverse communities.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Ocean County, New Jersey.

  • 1850: Ocean County is officially established by the New Jersey Legislature.
  • 1851: Toms River is chosen as the county seat.
  • Early 1900s: The county experiences rapid growth due to its natural beauty and proximity to the Jersey Shore.
  • 1927: The historic Barnegat Lighthouse is deactivated.
  • 1936: The construction of the Garden State Parkway begins, providing improved transportation throughout the county.
  • 1955: Six Flags Great Adventure, a popular amusement park, opens in Jackson Township.
  • 1964: The iconic Jersey Shore TV show is filmed in Seaside Heights, bringing national attention to the area.
  • Late 20th century: Ocean County becomes a popular retirement destination.
  • 1992: Hurricane Andrew causes significant damage along the Jersey Shore.
  • 2009: The Jersey Shore is impacted by Hurricane Sandy, resulting in widespread destruction.