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Island Heights Community Profile island heights branch

Folklore

Island Heights ( Islandhgts.com ) is a tiny (0.6 square mile), family-oriented community along the Toms River. Its quintessential small-town atmosphere and water-oriented recreational life are major features that attract residents and visitors to the community. Residents share great pride in their community and in retaining its Victorian heritage and charm.

Originally an island settled by Lenape Indians, Island Heights acquired its name and character in the late 1800’s when it became a Christian family resort and camp meeting site. Many of the camp meeting cottages, Queen Anne Victorian houses, the River Pavilion and Yacht Club on the Toms River, and Wanamaker Hall were built in the 1890’s and early 1900’s. Besides developing its focus on bay and river activities, Island Heights also became a haven for artists, who enjoyed painting the water scenes. The Borough separated officially from Toms River in 1887, and has a mayor/council form of government ( Islandheightsgov.com ).

Social and organizational life in Island Heights reflects its Victorian, water, and family-oriented heritage. The Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights Cultural and Heritage Association, Yacht Club, and Grade School promote activities devoted to preserving the town’s art and historical interests, sailing, and family focus. The Methodist Church retains a place in many families’ spiritual life.

The Island Heights Library is part of the local cultural fabric. Initially started as a small collection of donated books in the early 1920’s, it acquired its present site at the corner of Summit and Central Avenues in 1927, and the addition of a camp cabin in 1983. . Many non-Island Heights residents enjoy picking up their holds at the Island Heights Branch. It offers free street parking, easy access, and a quiet, friendly atmosphere reflective of the town’s character. Children at the Island Heights Grade School walk over with their classes every week.

Contributed by Emily Holman, 
Island Heights's Branch Manager

 

 
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