"Cain craftily puts the city’s very nature into perspective.... No one who’s ever enjoyed living in or visiting ‘America’s Greatest Family Resort’ will easily resist this book."

— Ocean City Sentinel Ledger

Peck’s Beach

A Pictorial History
of Ocean City,
New Jersey

By Tim Cain

9.24 x 8.25 hardcover
128 pp., 102 historic photographs,
bibliography, index,
$17.95 hardcover

ISBN 978-0-945582-04-5

The classic book about Ocean City's founding and history is now available as a newly designed hardcover, with all the fascinating photos and text of the popular original
Where to Buy

If you are in the Ocean City area, the following booksellers and gift shops are stocking the new edition of Peck’s Beach. We encourage you shop local! If you are out of the area or want to send a gift order, just click and order right from this website.

SUN ROSE WORDS & MISIC • THE BOOKATERIA TWO • BIRDS EYE VIEW (inside Stainton's) • OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM • HOY'S 5&10
on the boardwalk: SUN & FUN • DOWN THE SHORE • OCEAN TREASURES • SOUTH SEAS SHOP

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The roots of this unique seaside community are explored in text and historical photographs in 21 chapters. Author Tim Cain examines Ocean City’s past — the religious founding of the town; the Boardwalk, and the Music Pier; the resort’s glamorous royal family — Princess Grace and the Kellys; the lifeguarding tradition; shipwrecks, coastal storms, and the Sindia; Ocean City’s famous moments, firsts, and facts; and much more

Chapters

American Indians: The First Summer Visitors
Early European Settlers
Parker Miller: The Original Year-round Resident
An Irish Recluse and a Providential Survey
The Reverends Lake and the Town's Genesis
The Tabernacle
Those Ocean City Blues
Getting the Drop on Demon Rum
Flirty Flappers and Beach Tarzans
Lifeguards
The Kelly Clan
Generations of the Ocean City Boards
A Pier without Peer
Sparring with Poseidon
The Elephants' Graveyard
The Sindia:: Our Sunken Treasure
Too Close for Comfort
Simon Lake Submarine Pioneer
Religion and Real Estate
Shuttling to the Shore
Ocean City: In and Out of the National Spotlight

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The late Tim Cain worked as an award-winning reporter, columnist, and editor for most of the local newspapers in the Ocean City area as well as for national and state publications. He was especially masterful at oral histories and writing profiles of local personalities.
He also taught writing at the elementary, secondary, and college level, having worked as an instructor at Temple, Drexel, Stockton, and other universities. He received his B.A. at Penn State, his M.A. from Villanova, and completed doctoral work at Temple University.
Active in social justice causes, he held posts in Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, and — proud of his Irish heritage — he had a passion for Irish history.

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