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Ring of the Historical Society and Museum in Wildwood, NJ in the summer of 22

WILDWOOD – Founded in 1963 by city firefighter and future city historian George Boyer, the nonprofit Wildwood Historical Society is dedicated to taking visitors back to their childhood in this iconic Jersey Shore destination.

But the Pacific Avenue museum bearing Boyer’s name features facts and artifacts well before that, dating to the first settlements in the area more than 150 years ago, according to society president Taylor Henry.

Often, says Henry, people come to the museum not knowing what they’re looking for, or just hoping to pick up some general knowledge about Wildwood’s history.

But filing cabinets full of documents and photographs give them more than they could have expected.

“We’ll have people looking for a photo of their property in Wildwood from the 60s, and we have photos of every address in the town of Wildwood from that era,” Henry said, adding that some were also conducting family searches. , or try to find a favorite wooden ride.

Speaking of the boardwalk, the museum’s gift shop offers authenticated pieces of the boards for patrons to purchase and take home.

Walk parts

Parts of the Wildwood Boardwalk (Wildwood Historical Society via Facebook)

And, Henry said, more recently the city installed new signage, which provided some source of revenue for the free-entry museum.

“They gave us the old ones and we auctioned them off on eBay, so people could own a piece of history,” Henry said. “They can go home with something that means a lot to them.”

Beginning on Memorial Day weekend, with the exception of the holidays themselves, the George F. Boyer Historical Museum is open six days a week during the summer and closes only on Tuesdays.

George F. Boyer Historical Museum

George F. Boyer Historical Museum (Wildwood Historical Society via Facebook)

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

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