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.
Due to the recent surge in COVID cases, the following safety measures are in effect for January/February 2022:
No museum tours will be conducted at this time.
The High School History Club will meet virtually only.
The research center will be open by appointment only. (Appointments can be made by emailing email@example.com.)
Masks will be required for all visitors.
The Ocean County Historical Society is inviting High Schoolers of Ocean County to join our newly created High School History Club. The club meets at OCHS on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 PM. Please call 732-341-1880 for more information.
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Benefits of Membership
Becoming a member of the Ocean County Historical Society offers an opportunity to meet friends, explore genealogy, and become a partner in telling the stories of Ocean County.Become A Member
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