By Pauline S. Miller: The four centuries of Ocean County are divided into three distinct sections that help define the time periods of growth. Part I: 1614-1850 covers those years of the Native American occupation, activities of the whalers, smugglers, and privateers; the ventures of the early settlers building their sawmills and homes in the pines and along the streams; the beginning of the pinelands industries, and the War of 1812. Part II: 1850-1950 reveals, for the first time, the founding father of Ocean County, Joel Haywood. It records the development of the county government, the creation of townships and boroughs, the expansion of the barrier island, the impact of the railroad era, the Civil War, World War I, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, and World War II. Part III: 1950-2000 deals with the county’s renaissance, growth of county government, schools, churches, and higher education, chicken farms giving way to housing developments, the state’s first nuclear power plant, the impact of big industries located in the county, the population surge, medical care and the effect of local women on the county’s political scene. An extensive index is part of this book.