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: The Elizabeth Sculthorp Force House and Museum are open for docent led tours from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting in August, tours will also be offered from 1:00 to 3:00 on the first and third Saturday of each month. Tours are currently limited to a maximum of four people at a time. Masks may be required.
Our research center is currently open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00. Beginning in August, the research center will be open on the first and third Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00.
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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