DescriptionFounded in the early 18th century, the village of Toms River was a haven from which privateers wreaked havoc on British shipping early in the Revolutionary War. It rose to brief post-Revolutionary prominence in 1782 when Tories tried to seize the highly prized local saltworks and warehouses by burning the blockhouse, killing its defenders and hanging its commander, Capt. Joshua Huddy. Huddy Park and a replica of the original blockhouse, both near the waterfront in downtown Toms River, commemorate this event.
Whaling and shipping were major local industries. The first tourists, adventurous harbingers of today's thriving industry, reputedly arrived aboard empty seafood carts following the morning's deliveries to Philadelphia. Today locals and visitors alike enjoy the shops, coffee houses and waterfront restaurants that line Main and Water streets downtown.
Winding River Park, north on Main Street to SR 37 then 1 mile west to Hospital Road, straddles the Toms River. Within the park are two picnic areas, a small fishing pond, hiking and biking trails, a skating rink, playgrounds and a lighted softball field.
Visitor InfoOcean County Department of Tourism 101 Hooper Ave. TOMS RIVER, NJ 08754-2191. Phone:(732)929-2000 or (800)722-0291
Things to SeeCattus Island County Park