Welcome to The Historical Society of Ocean Grove! Since its founding in 1969 as a permanent Christian summer camp meeting community, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove has pledged itself to preserve, document, and encourage community interest in the history of Ocean Grove. The purpose of this non-profit society is to sustain the heritage and honor of being designated a National Historic District. The legacy of the past tradition that, today, is preserved and includes: the camp meeting heritage of Ocean Grove and Ocean Grove’s unique history; the family seashore resort of natural beauty that has welcomed and delighted vacationers, including United States presidents and other well-known people; the Historic District buildings, structures, and objects that we control and maintain; and the largest assemblage of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation established as a 19th century late Victorian planned community.
Our first museum was just one room in the Centennial Cottage, our beautiful Victorian house/museum at Central Avenue and McClintock Street. We quickly outgrew this space and moved to the third floor of the former OGCMA headquarters (now the Post Office). We have relocated several times until 1997 when we secured residency at our current location at 50 Pitman Avenue in Auditorium Square.
In 2010 the N.J. Historical Commission awarded the museum a grant to improve the museum which was completed in 2011. The entrance area is where visitors are greeted, walking tours members assemble and gift shop items are sold.
The Historical Society offers various events, tours and programs during the summer to residents and the many visitors to Ocean Grove. Over 5000 individuals visit the Ocean Grove Museum each summer and we hope you will have time to visit the museum and learn more of our history.