Ocean Grove, NJ

Like California’s Pacific Grove, New Jersey’s Ocean Grove began as a Methodist campground on the seashore. A decline in church attendance after World War I adversely affected the popularity of Ocean Grove — a dry town where the beach was closed on Sunday morning — and the lack of visitors and new construction had the effect of preserving its 19th century architecture. In 1975, Ocean Grove was designated an Historic District, with the greatest collection of Victorian architecture in the U.S. — a perfect spot for this post office, on a card mailed in 1913.

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