The Glory Days

One of the things we at Pine Belt Chevrolet, your premier of car dealerships in NJ and Chevrolet Dealers NJ, love about Lakewood, NJ is that it has a rich and wondrous history. Back in the middle of the 1800s it would be every day normal to see the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Astors strolling down the walkways. They were drawn here by the countryside in which they vacationed and the waters they believed had healing properties. The 323 acres that made up the Rockefeller vacation estate is now Ocean County Park.

Ocean County Park

Free of charge, visitors to Ocean  County Park can take in the exquisite beauty of all the unique trees that John D. Rockefeller brought in from all over the country to populate his estate, like white pine and Norway spruce. In the summer, visitors can enjoy walking, biking, swimming, tennis and an 18-hole disc golf course. In winter, try cross-country skiing and hiking in this winter wonderland.

Georgian Court University

Another great summer estate at that time was owned by millionaire George Jay Gould, a railroad tycoon. Gould, was a busy man staking out the route of the railroad to reach San Francisco, fathering seven children with his wife and three with a mistress who would later became his wife.  Gould and his second wife moved to Europe in 1922 and Gould died in 1923. The Sisters of Mercy purchased the estate from his heirs in 1924 and named it the Georgian Court University.

The lavish mansion still stands on the property and is now a National Historic Landmark. You can make appointments to tour the mansion to see how truly grand were the lives of the Gould Family on these lavish 156-acres of lush greenery and marble luxury.

Pine Belt Chevrolet

At #PineBeltChevrolet, we are honored to call Lakewood home and be able to share it with the multitudes who come to this area for beauty, history and higher education. We hope you will visit the area and when you do, stop into Pine Belt Chevrolet. Take a look around at our amazing inventory of new and used vehicles. Also, check us out on the web at


Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920