The Permanent Exhibits in the Hearth and Home Gallery

The Hearth and Home Gallery is located in the section of the Museum that was the original portion of the Woolley House. The room that is the Gallery today, was built in the 1700's and the beams, fireplace and decorative woodwork are all original to the space. As the house expanded through the years, additional doorways replaced windows, and the use of the space changed, first to just a kitchen, then to a “sitting room.”

This exhibit invites a fascinating look at life in Coastal New Jersey from the 1700's to the 1900's. The Gallery is filled with pieces of how life used to be, from coal and wood stoves, kitchen implements and other items of every day life on the farm.

The Old Oakhurst School

For the first twenty-five years of its existence, the Museum was located in one of the old classrooms in the 1900 Oakhurst School on Monmouth Road, in Oakhurst. As a tribute to the Oakhurst School, we include its story in our Museum.

The First Oakhurst School, which now is a private home on Monmouth Road, was built in 1818, on the site where the Board of Education headquarters is today. That was moved around 1900, to make way for the construction of the larger school that is there today.

As a tribute, we have many items from the old school, including desks, photos and original items used in schools one hundred years ago.


Exhibitions and events

Wet as the Atlantic Ocean: Prohibition in New Jersey

Temporary exhibition at Township of Ocean Historical Museum until 13.06.2019

The 18th Amendment—the measure that made the manufacture, sale, or transport of alcoholic beverages a federal offense for the 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, and 17 hours of Prohibition—was repealed...

The Permanent Exhibits in the Our Town Gallery

Permanent exhibition

The Pre-Colonial Era This area of New Jersey was originally occupied by the Lenni-Lenape tribe (also known as the Delaware to Europeans) a part of the Algonquin nation. The Lenni-Lenape traveled...

Deal Test Site: 100 Years of History

Temporary exhibition at Township of Ocean Historical Museum until 21.11.2019

Bounded by Deal Road, Whalepond Road, and Dow Ave., the 208 acres we know today as Joe Palaia Park were once the Deal Test Site, an internationally renowned research facility. The same buildings that...

Winter Speaker Event - "The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War's Legacy"

Event at Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 24.04.2019 19:00

At 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 in the auditorium of the Board of Education Building, 163 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst, historian Paul Kahan, will speak about his most recent book, The Presidency of...

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Activities from this museum

Third Grade History Program

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum has, since 1985, been providing...


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