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The 2019 Membership Campaign is underway

  • Third Village Keepsake Announced The Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree The votes were counted and the decision made. See below.
  • Young historians dig into local private collection. See what they're digging into - Click Here
  • Congratulate THSSH Lifetime Achievement Awards are added to the History Walk of Fame - Click Here
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THSSH 90th Anniversary Thank You


A special thank you to the nearly 300 people who supported, donated, and participated the celebration of the Society's 90th anniversary. Check out our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds for some great event photos and videos.

THSSH 90th Anniversary Community Photo

There are a few that went above and beyond to make the event a great success and we hope you'll remember they are part of our community and take advantage of their services:

  • The Oak Tree Networking Group and their local business network for their generous donation of all of the food and soda for the event. Over 200 burgers and 250 hot dogs were served.
  • Barry's Appliance in Bridgewater for their generous donation of the 8 burner grill and Corporate Chef Barbara Markowitz along with her assistant who fed the community for the day -
  • The Cafe Racers Band for playing the entire three hours.
  • The Tufariello's for providing a group tour of their beautifully restored home next door.
  • Thanks to Mary Lynn Norris of Basking Ridge for donating a beautiful group of mums to decorate the tables.
  • The THSSH Young Historians and Trustee Meg Wastie for their support of the Walk of Fame chalk activities for kids.
  • The THSSH Elder Voices roundtable group including Carmine Fortenbacker, her friend, Jim DeCoste, Mike Roe and a few others who came for the afternoon.
  • Thanks to ShopRite of Bernardsville for their gift certificate donation.
  • Debbie Weisman from the Bernardsville News for taking photos for the afternoon.
  • And lastly, to our communities across the Somerset Hills, who we could never have existed without your generous volunteer support and participation.

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Historic Profile - The Presidential Retreat

President of the United States Chooses Bedminster for Summer White House

Trump's Summer Whitehouse

The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey now known as President Trump’s Summer White House occupies 535 acres of rambling countryside in central New Jersey, 45 minutes away from New York City. 

Most of the property was once the private estate of John DeLorean, the auto industry playboy whose stainless-steel car is remembered best in its role as a time machine in Back to the Future. Trump purchased the property in 2002 for about $35 million, and it opened as a golf club in 2004. The home, once known as Lamington House has a new name, the Summer White House.

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Video for the Ages

Go back in time and view this early 1990's video classic.
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Video Archive - Reflections of Bernards Township

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Honoring 250 Years

The Grain House Restaurant Turns 250 Years Old

THSSH congratulates the historic Grain House as it marks the 250th year of its construction. This Franklin Corners establishment in Bernards Township is full of rich local history.

In 1768, when the First Methodist church in North American colonies was initiated at Wesley Chapel in NYC and the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was being published in Scotland, Samuel Lewis, a miller from Franklin Corners in Bernards Township, built a water-powered grist mill and a barn on the Passaic River on land originally acquired from William Penn.

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Somerset Hills Historic Keepsake Village Addition

Third Village Keepsake Announced
The Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree

The votes were counted and the decision made. The public wanted the Basking Ridge Oak Tree as the next keepsake as part of the Cat's Meow Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection.

Basking Ridge Oak Tree named third collectible in THSSH series

This handmade wooden painted keepsake is a reminder of one of the Somerset Hills greatest historic icons.

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THSSH Events

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History Honorees Celebrated

Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented for Walk of Honor

THSSH Lifetime Achievement Awards

Congratulations to June Kennedy along with the families of Millie Van Dyke and Mary Conkling Ellis.

This year the Board of Trustees have selected three honorees recognizing their dedication and service preserving and promoting history in the Somerset Hills area including Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Learn more about the 2018 award honorees.

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The Keepsake Village is Expanding

Nominate the Next Somerset Hills Cat's Meow Keepsake Collectible

Somerset Hills Historic Keepsake Village Addition

Second Cat's Meow Keepsake Back in Stock as First Run Sells Out

Somerset Hills HIstoric Village Keepsake #2

In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces the 2nd collectible as part of a the historic community collection. The Historic 1717 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the 619 year old historic oak tree is keepsake #2 in the collection.

This handmade wooden painted keepsake is a reminder of two of the Somerset Hills greatest historic icons.

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Anniversary Keepsake

Cat's Meow Village Presents the Historic
Brick Academy to Honor 90 Years

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the areas first historical society, THSSH is proud to announce the launch of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection to honor our home - the Brick Academy.

The Brick Academy Cats Meow Somerset Hills History Village

In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces the first collectible as part of a new historic community collection. The Historic 1809 Brick Academy, home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is keepsake #1 in the collection. Learn More / Reserve Yours Today

Restoration Update

Historic Peapack Lime Kilns Get 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

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Take a Look Back at the Year that Was

THSSH participated in or sponsored over 12 events in 2017. This video is a collection of photographs taken at some of the events.Were you there? Click Here

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Nominate a Preservation Candidate

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Recognize a historic property today.

THSSH has partnered with Preservation New Jersey to help promote local preservation awareness. But we can't do it without your help.

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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

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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