In 1875, ninety years after the American Revolution, Spring Lake consisted of a clear blue lake, three farm tracts, isolated homes of rugged fishermen and an embryo summer town called Brighton.
Spurred by the introduction of rail service and the closing of the nation's Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1876, an opportunity for enterprising individuals emerged. Wealthy Philadelphians and New Yorkers alike purchased discarded lumber and entire buildings affectionately named "Centennial Relics" and then transported them to Spring Lake.
This movement and the subsequent publicity led to the formation of the Spring Lake Beach Improvement Company, which united the areas of Como, Brighton and Villa Park into present day Spring Lake.
In 1888 our Chateau Inn & Suites is founded.
By 1903, this elegant resort boasted the finest hotels, pretentious private cottages and lavish estates and had become a center for social gaiety famous throughout America.
Today, our picturesque seaside village retains much of the history and charm so endeared by the vested self-interest of our town's early founders.
Streets and avenues echo of years gone by, historic mansions stand tall along our shores and our finest hotels and inns continue to flourish. Spring Lake's development truly is a remarkable achievement, a legacy where the past is ever present.