Where the unique history of Ocean County is told
For over 70 years, the Society has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting stories, artifacts and archival resources that celebrate Ocean County’s distinct heritage.
The Elizabeth Sculthorp Force House, a vernacular Victorian home, built in the mid-1800s, was once the residence of a sea captain and then later of an innovative educator and social reformer. Featured are Native American artifacts, period furnishings, late 19th and 20th century local industries, artworks, photographs, and other archival resources. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Register of Historic Places, and the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.
The Richard L. Strickler Research Center, a contemporary addition to the house, is an extensive repository of books, maps, and historical and genealogical records that provide students, researchers, genealogists, and history enthusiasts with essential resources necessary for telling the stories of Ocean County.
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SPECIAL NOTICE: With the easing of compliance guidelines issued by the State of New Jersey, the Ocean County Historical Society museum and research center is now open to visitors on a scaled back schedule, by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm. With the safety and health of our volunteers and visitors being the top priority for us all, guidelines have been put in place. Facial coverings are required and your temperature will be taken at the entrance. The foyer door will be locked at all times, social distancing will be expected, and hand sanitizer is available.
Family units only will be eligible for docent-led museum tours (currently limited to the Suffrage exhibit and the Birdsall Room). Museum tour requests need to be made at firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide a phone number in order for a volunteer to contact you. Desired visit date, size of party, and health questions will be gathered through the contact call. Research center visits can be made at a separate email: email@example.com. In addition to Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the research center will be open on the first Saturday of the month from 1-4 (by appointment).
We are starting a COVID-19 archives to document these difficult times. Learn more…
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