98 E Water Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Toms River has much to offer visitors including beautiful beaches as well as easy access to shopping, dining, and other southern Ocean County beach towns. There are many areas of Toms River, one being the “village” where the county seat offices are located as well as many restaurants and stores. Other areas include the shoreline communities of Ortley Beach, Normandy Beach, Ocean Beach and Pelican Island.
There are two legends as to the naming of Toms River. The first is that it was named for Thomas Luker, who operated a ferry across Goose Creek in the 1600’s. The second, more dramatic legend is that it was named for Captain William Toms, a pirate in the 18th Century who would attack ships sailing past the area.
Movie fans will be interested to know that the 1979 classic “Amityville Horror” as well as 1988’s “X-Files” movie were both filmed in Toms River. The town also served as the backdrop for the 1984 best-selling novel “Blind Faith” by author Joe McGinnis.