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Welcome to Waretown, NJ!

Located along the Barnegat bay within the Pinelands National Reserve, and partially in the State-designated Pinelands area lies a town steeped in history. It has grown immensely over the past decade, especially with the addition of the Greenbriar Oceanaire Adult Community with 1,400 homes, a large clubhouse with indoor pool, and a private 18-hole golf course. A new shopping plaza opened on Route 9 in 2008. The anchor store is a Shop-Rite, and a number of smaller shops continue to open.

Waretown, or more politically correct, Ocean Township, is made up of several neighborhoods.

But some things DO remain the same! I wonder how many remember the long-gone "Ranch House", where Sunday morning diners often had friendly but sometimes heated political discussions...those were the days! Now the local WaWa sits in its place, and the actual building that once was home to the Ranch House is a private residence a block away.

Here are a few of my personal favorites that are still around:

Waretown's Herbert's Market, on Route 9


From spring to late autumn, and through the Christmas season for trees, this farm market along Route 9 just south of Barnegat Beach Drive, is a regular stop for many locals and weekend visitors alike. I have been shopping here over 25 years! The current owners, Christine, Judith and Pamela, are the granddaughters of Helen Herbert, who owned this farm market, originally located in Lanoka Harbor, since the 1950's. She moved to Waretown in 1967.

You'll find lots of fresh fruits and vegetables here at reasonable prices. Herbert's Market in Waretown NJ
Jersey corn is abundant at Herbert's Market in Waretown! Pamela told me she personally tastes the corn before she buys it. Every time I've purhased corn here, it's been delicious! It's always white corn; they believe that is Jersey's finest, and so do I!
Of course, Jersey tomatoes are the best! My favorite deal is the ripe, "eat tonight" Jersey tomatoes that are 49 cents a pound! (They're in the rear row in this photo.) Jersey tomatoes are the best in the world!
Ahearn's Seafood Market in Waretown, NJ


Located on Route 532 just past the elementary school, Ahearns is another Waretown constant, in business since 1965.. The seafood is always ALWAYS fresh.

Clams, crabs, oysters, scallops,'s all here, complete with the trimmings - seasonings, salads, soups and more. Ahearn's Seafood Market in Waretown NJ
Ahearn's Seafood Market sells clams, crabs, scallops, shrimp, flounder, and more! Weekends will find visitors and locals alike here loading their coolers with clams or crabs for the family picnic. Everyone working here is knowledgable about seafood, so feel free to ask for cooking or storing advice!

Another local feature in Waretown is the Lighthouse Tavern & Restaurant, located on Route 9 across from Barnegat Beach Drive. It was a stage coach stop in the late 1800's, and gradually transitioned to its current-day status as a restaurant and sports bar, as well as a late-night hot spot with bands on weekends and holidays. Old photos line the walls near the bar, while paintings of lighthouses add to the decor in the paneled dining room. It's a comfortable, casual place where all are welcome!

Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown NJ

Waretown/Ocean Township is made up a number of developments and neighborhoods: Pebble Beach, Barnegat Beach, Bay Haven, Bayview, Holiday Beach, Sands Point, and Skipper's Cove, all waterfront communities adjacent to the Barnegat Bay. Inland are Woods at Oceana, Royal Oaks, Tall Oaks, Laurelwyck, Dogtown, and my personal favorite, the Village of Brookville.


Skipper's Cove is a quiet residential waterfront neighborhood in Waretown NJ.

Driving through Waretown via Route 9, the casual passer-by will miss the many waterfront communities. This is one of several lagoons in Skippers Cove. From here, it's just a short ride to the Barnegat Bay, and almost directly across from Barnegat Lighthouse and inlet to open ocean.
Holiday Harbor Marina is well-known by anglers. Here you'll find boats of all sizes, from small Boston Whalers to large fishing boats that can be privately chartered for overnight ocean fishing. I've had the privilege of tasting yellowfin tuna sashimi "right off the boat" and there's nothing like it! Holiday Harbor in Waretown NJ offers a multitude of boating for anglers, from  bay fishing to overnight canyon fishing for tuna, swordfish  and shark.
Wells Mills County Park Wells Mills Park is located about five miles west of Route 9 on Route 532. This 1800-acre park is a great example of the many ecosystems of the Pinelands - uplands, wetlands, pine and oak. For the hiker, it contains miles of beautiful marked trails. Canoeists will enjoy a peaceful float on the beautiful Wells Mills Lake. Wells Mills County Park is home to the wonderful Pine Barrens Jamboree, held each October.
Of course, Waretown is home to the famous "Albert Music Hall," home of the Pinelands Cultural Society, where country and bluegrass musicians from all over the region (and sometimes farther!) gather each and every Saturday night for jammin' and a public concert! Albert Music Hall, home of Pinelands Cultural Society
Map of Waretown, NJ
Waretown (Ocean Township) is located between Lacey Township and Barnegat Township, in the southern half of Ocean County. It has easy access to the Garden State Parkway both north and southbound, exit 69. If you'd like more information on homes currently for sale in Waretown, please email Catherine AT (use @)


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