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.
The museum and research center will close at 2:15 on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.
The Ocean County Historical Society is pleased to offer the Robert H. Staples Continuing Education Scholarship to active OCHS volunteer members or to students related to an active OCHS volunteer member. For more information and for an application, click here.
The Ocean County Historical Society is a partner organization with Revolution NJ, the state of New Jersey’s official commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States. Learn more…
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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