1701 - What is now the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone originally was part of a large tract of land that Dr. John Johnstone and George Willocks purchased in 1701 from Dutch proprietors.
1986 - In 1899, Evander Schley and David Dumont drew up a subdivision plan of the Dumont Farm and offered lots for sale in what was to become Far Hills village. A unique clause was written into each deed prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages on the premises. The voters and Borough Council rejected a proposal to permit sale of alcoholic beverages in the borough. It remains a dry borough today.
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Weekend Journey Through the Past
Features 3 Free Historic Sites in the Somerset Hills
Tours & Activities
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10 am. to 5 pm
Sunday, October 15 - 12pm to 4 pm
Want something fun to do with friends or family? Why not explore some of the most historic properities across Somerset County for FREE! Yes, 29 local historic minded organizations are participating this year and three historical properties are located right here in the Somerset Hills! These properties are the jewel of the Somerset Hills. This year, you get to experience the Brick Academy, the Boudinot Southard Ross House, as well as the United States Golf Association.
Free admission and activities are all FREE for this great historic weekend.
Weekend Journey through the Past is intended to encourage a multi-generational outing for parents, children and grandparents. Share stories and experiences about “the old days” with your children and grandchildren as you enjoy traveling from one historic site to the next.
Videos - View the introduction and catch a glimpse of the Somerset Hills participants.
The Ross Farm
The Brick Academy /
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street, Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township
The Brick Academy: Built in 1809, the Brick Academy, a “classical school,” had a reputation for training graduates who achieved national recognition in their fields. Prominent families from Virginia, and Maryland, and New York enrolled their sons in this prestigious school. Important leaders in our country such as Theodore Frelinghuysen, Samuel Lewis Southard, William L. Dayton, and Robert Field Stockton received a classical school education. These prominent men preceded hundreds of students who attended class at the Brick Academy, students whose names represent the earliest families in the Somerset Hills. New Jersey legislature to organize a public school system was enacted about the year 1824. Beginning in 1853, and for 50 years thereafter, the Brick Academy provided a public education to young residents of both sexes in Bernards Township.
Visit the Brick Academy, located at 15 W. Oak St, Basking Ridge
Boudinot –Southard- Ross House/ Known as "The Ross Farm"
135 North Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township
Boudinot Southard Ross House: Do you like Art, Music, Theater or History? Then you’ll enjoy a visit to the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Property, also known as The Ross Farm. This beautiful 50-acre property is located at 135 North Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge. The site was home to several prominent figures that played a critical role in the founding and early years of our Country. Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress, purchased the home in 1771. He sold the house to Henry Southard in 1785, who did his part by serving in the House of Representatives for New Jersey from 1801-1821. His son Samuel, who attended the Brick Academy, later became the Governor, a Senator, and Secretary of the Navy.
Do you like Art, Music, Theater or History? Then you’ll enjoy a visit to the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Property, also known as The Ross Farm. This beautiful 50-acre property is located at 135 North Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge. The site was home to several prominent figures that played a critical role in the founding and early years of our Country. Elias Boudinot, President of the Continental Congress, purchased the home in 1771. He sold the house to Henry Southard in 1785, who did his part by serving in the House of Representatives for New Jersey from 1801-1821. His son Samuel, who attended the Brick Academy, later became the Governor, a Senator, and Secretary of the Navy.
Featured activities throughout the weekend include: actors in costumes portraying historical figures; harpsichord demonstrations; displays from Boxwood Hall (the State Museum dedicated to Elias Boudinot); a “Paint Out!” where artists of all media are welcome to create works on site; a traveling exhibition from the USGA Golf Museum entitled "Snoopy On the Links”; scavenger hunts; Boudinot garden tours, face painting, and kite flying. (Some kites are provided but feel free to bring your own). Food and drinks are also available. The Boudinot play will be performed four times on Saturday, Oct 14 at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. No Sunday performance.
United States Golf Association / Known as the USGA Museum
77 Liberty Corner Road, Bernards Twp, NJ 07931
United States Golf Association: Originally built in 1919, the USGA Museum, located at 77 Liberty Corner Road in Far Hills, served as a private residence until 1972.
The USGA Golf Museum will be offering a variety of activities which include a Museum scavenger hunt, a presentation on the historic Pope Mansion now home to the world’s premier collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia, tours of the USGA Equipment Standards Lab highlighting the science behind the game, a historical putting experience with replica vintage equipment and costumes. In addition, the USGA Golf Museum will again be sharing the Charles Schultz exhibit “Snoopy On the Links” with the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Property for this special Weekend Journey event you won’t want to miss!
Activities will be offered only on Saturday, but free admission to the museum will be offered on Sunday.
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.
About The Brick Academy
The 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 celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.
the Brick Academy
The Historical Society
of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920