Ocean County, NJ
Ocean County is a county located along the Jersey Shore in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Itscounty seat is Toms River, which, like the county itself, has been one of the fastest growing areas of the state since the 1990s. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 576,567. The 2000 Census population for the county was 510,916, making Ocean County the fastest growing in the state of New Jersey in terms of growth in the number of residents and second-highest in percentage growth. Ocean County was established in 1850 from portions of Monmouth County except for Little Egg Harbor Township which seceded from Burlington Countyin 1891.
Ocean County is located 50 miles (80 km) east of Philadelphia, 70 miles (110 km) south of New York City, and 25 miles (40 km) north of Atlantic City, making it a prime destination for residents of these cities during the summer. As with the entire Jersey Shore, summer traffic routinely clogs local roadways throughout the season.
Ocean County is part of the New York metropolitan area, however, it is actually in the central part of New Jersey and is home to many tourist attractions frequently visited by Delaware Valley residents, especially the beachfront communities of Seaside Heights and Long Beach Island, as well as Six Flags Great Adventure, which is the home of the world’s tallest and formerly fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka. Ocean County is also a gateway to New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, one of the largest protected pieces of land on the East Coast.
In 1950, Dr. Joshua Hilliard and a group of Ocean County residents who had a strong interest in preserving the history of our area gathered together to form The Ocean County Historical Society, with Dr. Hilliard as our first president. For several years the group held meetings at different locations around the county. Local historian Pauline S. Miller felt the need for an Historical Society Museum. With her encouragement The Ocean County Historical Society Museum officially came into existence with Mrs. Miller as its first director. More than sixty one years later OCHS, in its beautiful Victorian home in Toms River, continues the mission of the original Society members: Telling The Stories Of Ocean County.
The Ocean County Historical Society Musuem, one of New Jersey’s outstanding historical societies. We’ve been a part of Ocean County, NJ, since 1950, and present on the internet since 2000. We’re happy to be using the World Wide Web to help keep the rich, proud history of Ocean County alive.