Preserving the Colorful History of the Wildwoods, NJ since 1963
Educating the public, inducing nostalgia and bringing back happy memories for all generations
Our museum experience is rated one of the top 10 things to do in Wildwood according to TripAdvisor! This is the official website where you can shop our online store, become a member, learn how to volunteer, take the virtual tour, and find out when your family can visit our museum. No admission fee -- it's FREE!
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Now you can order our products from anywhere in the US! Click "SHOP" below to browse our selection of history books, films, memorabilia and items made from GENUINE WILDWOOD BOARDWALK! All purchases benefit the Wildwood Historical Society.
Can't visit the Wildwood Historical Society? Let our volunteers search our records for you! Research includes all general research questions about a property, a person, a family, a business, an event, a boardwalk amusement, etc. Please click here to fill out the research request form, pay the research fee and a volunteer will contact you. (Photo files are $10 per photo. Click here to order a photo of a specific property.)
Our volunteer researchers work hard on their own time to bring back happy memories for you. That's why we ask you to PLEASE pay the research fee! Thanks for understanding.
OH THOSE WILDWOOD DAYS
During the glory days of the 1950’s and early 60’s the entertainment choices in Wildwood was amazing. Which shows do you want to see? Bill Haley, Johnny Mathis, Della Reese at the Diamond Beach Club? Maybe Tony Bennett at the Bolero or Cozy Morley and Joey Bishop at Cozy Morley’s? Mickey Shaughnessy at Club Avalon? The Playboys were at the Elmira Club. Julius La Rosa, the Supremes, Fats Domino, Wayne Newton and the Platters all performed at the Riptide. Jackie Lee was at the Fun Spot, and our man Chubby Checker twisted at the Surf Club.
All of the above and many more appeared at the local Clubs during the summers of the 50’s and 60s’. Late in the 60’s the glory days started to fade. Entertainers who once played in Wildwood were now on TV where they earned mega salaries. The Clubs went to Disco then to deejays. In 1969 thousands of young people gathered in a field in New York. Many musical acts performed for huge crowds outdoors. They called it WOODSTOCK. It changed the world of popular music. I believe “that is the day the Music died in Wildwood”.These are just a few of the entertainers who appeared right here in the Wildwoods.
Come to the Wildwood Historical Museum and read the rest of the story. You will be surprised and glad you did.
Who was George F. Boyer?
George F. Boyer was born in Philadelphia in 1904. He came to Wildwood around 1932 and earned his living as a butcher, a merchant, and a fireman. His real local fame, however, came from his role as the City of Wildwood’s first and only official historian. While serving with Wildwood fire department in 1959, he came across the stump of a tree (now known as the “W” tree) in the old city hall.
Meet the people who create and maintain this extravagant museum and display of memories throughout the grand history of the Wildwoods.
We, along with the past board members and volunteers,
continue to preserve the past of Wildwood that “Grandma and Grandpa knew”.
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Join us at the Wildwood Historical Museum while you're visiting your favorite shore town and learn how families enjoyed the same places decades ago.
Give back to the community while learning about Wildwood's fascinating story! Join dozens of volunteers who help with exhibits and events. Learn more filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page.
For work in Wildwood preservation, contact our friends Partners in Preservation by visiting their website WildwoodNJHistory.com
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