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Dig In the Archive Spotlight

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From the Archives of our historic photo, postcard, map and document collections.
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  • 2017 Holiday House Tour Update - Click Here

  • THSSH Members - Did you get your invite to the 2017 Holiday Party? Saturday Dec 9th. Click Here to RSVP.
  • Watch the Look back over 2017 in pictures - Click Here

  • Planning is underway for the Society's 90th Anniversary in 2018.

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The Year in Pictures

Take a Look Back at 2017 at the Society and some of our area's historic friends.
A gift of over 200 photos from 2017.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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See you in 2018 as we celebrate our 90th anniversary!

Bring Your Kids to THSSH Before the Tree Lighting in Downtown Basking Ridge Village

Saturday, December 2, 2017 Winter Market and Community Tree Lighting - Basking Ridge Village @ the Brick Academy

2017 Basking Ridge Winter Market Kids Craft

Kids Craft Ornament and Coloring Book

Join the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills and bring your children to the Brick Academy just off the town green to create a historic Brick Academy Ornament. Each child also receives a "Coloring Somerset Hills" coloring book. Have them color a page and post on our holiday wall. Then walk over to the town green for the tree lighting.

Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Brick Academy on Oak Street (Just off the town green)


Somerset Hills Real Estate

Historic Henry Southard Home Listed for Sale
To Be Site for THSSH Holiday Party

The historic home once owned by Henry Southard

The house was built after the Revolutionary War in 1790, for Henry Southard and his family. Henry Southard was born in 1747, the son of Abraham and Cornelia (Barnes) Southard. At the age of 24, He married Sarah Lewis in 1771. They eventually had 12 children including Samuel L. Southard who attended the Basking Ridge Classical School, graduating in 1802 prior to the construction of the Brick Academy (in 1809). His teacher and the pastor of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church was Robert Finley, the head of the B.R. Classical School.

THSSH is holding our members only Christmas party at the home with the gracious permission of the current owner. This event is free.

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Restoration Update

Historic Peapack Lime Kilns Getting a Needed Facelift

Often unnoticed, the Peapack Lime Kilns is a historic reminder of what was once one of the most important manufacturing processes in our area's history.

Peapack Lime Kiln Update

Since 1999, The Society has been the owner of this wonderful historic landmark. Learn what's been happening with the current restoration efforts. Learn More



Dig in the Archives

Video for the Ages

Go back in time and view this 1991 video classic.
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Video Archive - Reflections of Bernards Township

The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book - Get Your Copy NowBasking Ridge Oak Tree Book

If you've been touched by the story of the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree's 600 year history, you have to see this new book. Entitled "The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project", it is a compilation of the areas children from Kindergarten through High School who have written or drawn pictures of the historic oak that was recently taken down.

The keepsake book is a fundraiser that not only includes some of the most touching writings and images, but it also gives back to the community. With each purchase of the book, a donation is made to a high school scholarship fund. Also, there is a coupon for a free student membership for young historians to join the Historical Society's Young Historian program.

The inaugural run of the book will be available starting Thursday, June 8, 2017 at a the Tree Views Reception. Get additional details and order your copy today.

Click here for all the details. Online ordering is now available.

New Web Survey - What Were the Most Important Events in Our History

Top 10 in the Somerset Hills

Somerset Hills History Top 10 Survey gives you a chance to tell us what you think the top 10 stories are regarding the history of the Somerset Hills.

This is a non-scientific gathering from participants willing to provide their opinion on the top 10 historic news, events, or activities that contributed, changed, identified the Somerset Hills community (Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bernards Twp, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone).

This is your opinion and there is no right or wrong answer. Learn More


The Year We Lost the Historic 600 Year Old
Basking Ridge Oak Tree

Basking Ridge Oak Tree Shirt

News, events, fundraisers, history, and more. Learn More

See Some of Our Favorite 
Photographs -2017 Charter Day

Baby King George

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Volunteer News

Ridge High School Student Designs
Museum Exhibit

Student Volunteer

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) collaborated with a Ridge High School student to design an exhibit for the Brick Academy Museum.

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Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering today!

To apply for a Volunteer position, please drop us a note with your first three choices and we'll be in touch. Use the form on the Contact Us page or call us at 908- 221-1770. Read More

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Community Outreach Assistant
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Facebook Update

The Game of Guesses:
Online Series: Dig In The Archives


A fun new series was started on Facebook to that gives people a change to guess the image and post their memories.

Thousands of people have logged in to guess photos that have been pulled from the archives of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH).
Come see what it's all about. Lots of great stories and guesses from our participants.

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Local Lore

Betsy Ross, Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?

Did Betsy Ross Die in Basking Ridge as Mrs. Claypool?

Betsy Ross in Basking Ridge
Over the past two decades, more than half a dozen references to this story have been uncovered in our archives at the Brick Academy and in the files of the Bernards Township Library History Room. The first mention appeared in a clippings scrapbook compiled by retired physician, Dr. William Pennington, who lived around the turn of the 19th century and spent much of his life collecting newspaper articles. Learn more

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the Brick Academy
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