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Student Rules and Punishments - 1872*.


Feel what it was like to live like a student or a teacher back at the turn of the 19th century (1872). Feel free to share with both teachers and students. Whether you were a student or a teacher, it's a learning experience to look back to what it was like in 1872. At the Brick Academy, the upstairs schoolroom is often used with young students across New Jersey who get to come and experience what it was like being a student back in those times. Times were certainly different back in 1872.

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Student Rules

Student Rules 1872

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Student Rules

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Teachert Rules

1872 Teachers Rules

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*Documents are reproductions and are used for educational purposes. Parchment stock quality reproductions are available at THSSH store for a nominal fee.


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About The Brick Academy

The Brick Academy celebrates its bicentennial 1809-2009The Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrates its bicentennial in 2009.

About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.

To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.

For additional information on the Brick Academy and the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills please visit us on the internet at or



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