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From the Archives of our historic photo, postcard, map and document collections.
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Announcements & News


Fall Happenings!

  • Fall Happenings email blast just sent out
  • THSSH has Community Service openings for High School students
  • Basking Ridge Business Alliance Social at THSSH
  • Member Meeting/Speaker Thursday, Sept 21, 2017
  • Elder Voices is going to be run again.
  • We have 3 Brick Academy Open houses left in 2017.
  • Lord Stirling Living History Festival is Sun. Oct. 1, 2017
  • Weekend of Somerset History Coming Sat/Sun. Oct 13,14,2017
  • Haunted Walking Tour is Back Oct. 29, 2017. Tix avail.
  • Elder Voices - Sun. Nov 5 is on. RSVP now!
  • Private Tour and a Brunch - Schuyler-Hamilton House in Morristown, Sun. Dec 12
  • Holiday Party for Members in the works
  • Sorry, 2017 Holiday House Tour postponed till 2018
  • Planning is underway for THSSH 90th Anniversary in 2018. Get ready!!!!!

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Next Event

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, October 15, Noon - 4:00 PM

Somerset County's Weekend Journey
Through the Past

Tour the most prominent historic properties in Somerset County. 
Visit 3 properties right here in the Somerset Hills

Somerset County History Weeked

Somerset County's Premiere Historic Event - Click Here

Post Program Follow-up

History of Street Names in Bernards Township

Currently there are 463 named streets in Bernards Township (about 40 more from when the original file was created by June Kennedy). What is the process? What first letter is the most used? Here's the recap of a recent Speaker Series discussion.

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Parents Update!

Your high school student looking for community service hours?

Young Historians
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Have You Seen the "This Day In History" Calendar? Get It Today!

A new project called This Day in History in Somerset Hills highlights fun historic facts of events that have occurred in the Somerset Hills. Follow also on our Twitter Feed. You can even submit your own facts. Learn more.

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Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge Village
Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Haunted Walking Tour

Join us for a fall classic as our Witch of Basking Ridge entertains with chilling tales that have held the test of time - Lady of the Swamp, the Express Train to Hell, the War Ghosts, Not an Ordinary House, and the Secret Room. And of course, the one-hour tour includes a nerve-shattering stroll through the historic graveyard!

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Restoration Update

Historic Peapack Lime Kilns Getting a Needed Facelift

Peapack Lime Kiln UpdateOften 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.

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

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New Event Listing - Private Tour and a Brunch

Schuyler-Hamilton House/Museum-Morristown
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:00

Tickets Available Now!

Hamilton Schuyler PaintingsElisa Hamilton - The Kardashian of the 1700s

Come hear the story about America's most eligible bachelor and bachelorette of the 18th Century and what the play Hamilton referred to as the Kardashian of the 1700s!

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The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book Released - Get Your Copy!Basking 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 - You Decide What Was 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


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Basking Ridge Oak Tree

Basking Ridge Oak Tree Shirt

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See Some of Our Favorite 
2017 Charter Day Photographs

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
Public Relations Chairperson
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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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