Toms River, NJ is in Ocean County. Today it serves as the county seat. In November of 2006, the name was changed to Toms River from the name Dover. It was ranked as number 14 of the safest cities here in the United States of America by Morgan Quinto. C Q Press rated it as ninth out of 378 United States cities. Local businesses can be found in the Toms River, NJ business directory.It is unknown exactly who this township is named after. Many different Toms have been thought to be the one it is named after. It could be William Toms, who was an English captain, or an Indian from the area named Tom. The most likely one is Thomas Luker. He ran the ferry that crossed what is now Toms River. During the 19th century, Toms River was a popular spot for fishing, whaling, shipbuilding, lumber, and iron production. Toms River played a big part in the American Revolution. Their salt works were the ones that supplied the colonial militias. Many private vessels in the area plundered the British ships along the coast.
It was in Toms River that the British captured Joshua Huddy. They destroyed many homes and the salt works. These incidents prolonged peace until 1783. The population grew after World War II. By that time, the Garden State Parkway was completed. Toms River became known internationally for their little league team in the 1990s. It was called the Beast From the East. They made it to the Little League World Series three different times over only five years. In 1998, they beat Japan 12-9.Toms River has a few claims to fame. Toms River is where the movie The Amityville Horror was made. It is also the home of Jersey Shore's first and third seasons, as well as Boarwalk Empire on HBO. Each year, Toms River holds one of the two biggest Halloween parades in the entire world. If visiting the area for the Halloween parade, or any other time of year, local hotels, restaurants, and shops can be found in the Toms River, NJ yellow pages.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan