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Welcome to the Ocean County Historical Society




house-1868-webWelcome to the web site of The Ocean County Historical Society, one of New Jersey’s outstanding historical societies. We’ve been a part of Ocean County, NJ, since 1950, and present on the internet since 2000. We’re happy to be using the World Wide Web to help keep the rich, proud history of Ocean County alive.

If you’d like to visit the museum, the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  General tours of the museum are available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  School tours and other group tours can be arranged by calling our office. Our Research Center is open every Tuesday and Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Our web site will always be changing. Check back often. You’ll enjoy our site!


Van trip to Forgotten Towns of the Southern Pinelands – Tuesday, December 12th @ 9:00 AM
Click here for details!

A new exhibition at Ocean County Historical Society – Celebrate Toms River: 250 Years!   The exhibition features photos, artifacts, and news articles about the history of Toms River Schools, churches, stores, fire departments, police departments, hospital and  more.  View the incredible changes that have taken place during 250 years and the people that made history here.

Spooky Tunes & Tales of NJ presented by singer/songwriter Valerie Vaughn. Sunday, October 22nd @ 2:00 PM. Ocean County Historical Society. Click HERE for more information.

World War I presented by Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett. Sunday, November 12th @ 2:00 PM. Ocean County Historical Society. More information is available by clicking HERE.

Bronx Botanical Gardens & The Cloisters Beckon Day trip on November 30th. Bus departs at 9:00 AM and returns 6:30 PM. Contact Jeff  at 609-339-9134 to reserve your spot. More information is available HERE.

Holiday Victorian Tea at 600 Main, December 5th. Two seatings. 12:00 noon and 3:00 PM. Reservations open on November 6th.  More details are available HERE

OCHS Gift Shop right here on our web site! Click the Gift Shop button at left, or click here to begin shopping.

Did You Know… You can now join OCHS or renew your membership from our website. Click here or click the Membership button at left and join now!  New members even receive a free gift!

Did you know…  You can make a donation to OCHS from our website. Click here or click the Donate button at left to contribute to our annual appeal.  We’re grateful for your financial support.

OCHS is looking for Great Volunteers like you!  If you’d like to join our List of Volunteers, Click Here!

* ANNOUNCEMENT – Ocean County Historical Society is proud to announce our newest publication:  West Point Island—From a Sedge Island to the “Land of Health & Happiness” by author Brian Bovasso.
Price: $20.  Come to the museum to purchase your copy!

Ocean County Historical Society received funding this year from a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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