In 1950, Dr. Joshua Hilliard and other dedicated Ocean County residents who shared a strong commitment to collecting and preserving the history of the local area came together during the County’s centennial celebration to form The Ocean County Historical Society. The mission of the Ocean County Historical Society is the preservation of all aspects of the history of Ocean County and the education of its citizens about their history through methods such as publications, programs, classes and trips. For several years the group held meetings at different locations until the Elizabeth Sculthorp Force house was acquired. Nearly seventy years later the Ocean County Historical Society in its beautiful Victorian home in Toms River, continues the mission of the original Society members namely, Telling the Stories of Ocean County.
Elizabeth Sculthorp Force
Elizabeth Sculthorp Force was an innovative teacher and social reformer from Toms River, New Jersey. In 1941 she developed one of the country’s first curriculum that addressed progressive social behavior and family relationships.
She lived here with her family from 1907-1924 and from 1933-1957. In recognition of her accomplishments in the field of family planning, the house is listed on both the New Jersey and the National Registers of Historic Places as well as the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail. Ms. Sculthorp Force subsequently devoted her life to national, international, and United Nations’ efforts to promote and strengthen the quality of family life through family-life education programs.