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Ted Bell conducts his annual historical walking tour. Here he demonstrates the size of a finial. PG photo
Ted Bell conducts his annual Sunday historical walking tour. Here he demonstrates the size of a finial. Paul Goldfinger  photo. 2013 in Ocean Grove, NJ.

By Paul Goldfinger, guided tour editor  @Blogfinger.   Re-posted from 2013 and 2015, but it never gets old.

You can always learn something about Ocean Grove history when you join historian Ted Bell on his annual HSOG tour of Beersheba award winners. But Ted didn’t exactly stick to the script, so the group got to hear some unusual factoids.  Here is a sampling:

1.  Ocean Grove is 350 square acres.  640 square acres equals a square mile.  But if you take into consideration that Ocean Grove extends 1,000 feet into the ocean, you come up with “God’s Square Mile.”

2.  Neptune Township controls the streets from curb to curb, whereas the Camp Meeting controls the edge of the roads beyond the curbs.  Thus, Neptune Twp. could not have parking meters without the cooperation of the CMA.

3.  There are about 200 Sears and Roebuck prefabricated houses in the Grove.  You ordered your house from a catalogue, and it came in pieces on a big truck, with instructions included.

4.   5 tents have bathtubs.

5.  Each OG lot is 30 feet wide  x 60 feet deep.   Some houses are built on two lots, while others are build on half lots.

6. The “perfect” Victorian cottage can be found at 29 Bath avenue.  The light in front is from the original bridge that connected OG to Asbury Park.

The "perfect Victorian cottage" 29 Bath Avenue PG photo
The “perfect Victorian cottage” 29 Bath Avenue . Note that there are no railings around the ground floor porch.Paul Goldfinger photograph ©
24 1/2 Atlantic Ave. Beersheba award winner for new construction. Replaced an identical home destroyed by recent fire. On half lot. PG photo
24 1/2 Atlantic Ave. Beersheba award winner for new construction. Replaced an identical home destroyed by a recent fire. On half lot. PG photo

2018:  This small collection of Ted Bellisms fits in nicely with our review (below) of another Ted’s  (Ted David) collection of OG historical stories.

And speaking of walking tours of OG, a new one has been created by OG historians. You can pick up that brochure at the Camp Meeting Assoc.  On that tour you will find my house, recently to be discovered to have housed the famous Rev. Beegle, who never had a street named for him, but my house is now called “The Beegle House.”

However,  I call it the “Blogfinger House.”  The Rev. would perhaps have been shocked to know that a former Broadway song and dance stage star also lived in the “Beegle House,” but that was many years before we moved in.  There is a BF post about her. We have a photo of her dancing, showing off her knickers.  Let’s re-post that soon.

PINK MARTINI:   “Never on a Sunday”   Sing along.

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