1845 - Grant Barney Schley, a founding father of Far Hills, was born in 1845 at Chapinville, N.Y., near Syracuse, to a farm family of humble circumstances. He obtained only an elementary school education. At the age of 16 he went to work for as a peach picker and shipping clerk for Wells, Butterfield and Company, a Syracuse firm which later merged with others (George F. Baker's First National Bank) to become the American Express Company.
1910 - February 10 - The first Farmers Day celebration is sponsored by Charles Pfizer and hosted by his hunt club, the Essex Fox Hounds, to thank local farmers for use of their land, draws 300 men. The Farmers Day event was the precursor to today's Far Hills Race Meeting.
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THSSH is committed to supporting history alongside our fellow history centric organizations in our Somerset Hills area. We continue to work with them and support many of their efforts to share common goals, ideas, resources, and partnerships that strenghten our entire efforts. We hope you support them as well.
Below is a list of non-profit and government organizations working to promote and preserve history in the SomersetHills.
The Historic Preservation Commission advises the Township’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment on all matters pertaining to historic districts, sites and structures in the historic inventory; manages preservation and restoration activities; and reviews all associated building permit issues.
Founded in 2002, Bernardsville's Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is dedicated to the promotion of historic preservation through planning, outreach, conservation, education, public programs and events. 2017 appointees include: Valerie Barnes, Gerry Jo Cranmer, Eileen Grippo, Co-Chair Daniel W. Lincoln, Co-Chair, Sheila C. Miller, Christa O’Connor, Bill Youngblood, Council Liaison.
Friends of Historic Bernardsville
Website - Non-Profit 501 c(3)
Incorporated in 2017, the group is a a non-profit 501(C)(3) which is responsible for alternate fund-raising for the Dunster-Squibb Property. The Dunster Squibb House is a historic property that the Borough purchased for $985,000 in 2008. The house was constructed in 1805 by James Dunster, and sits on property that at one time was part of the Squibb Estate. The Bernardsville Historic Preservation Advisory Committee supported the acquisition of the property, and has prepared numerous grant applications for the purchase and the ongoing renovation of the property.
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Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate Website - Non-Profit 501 c(3)
The Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate entered into an agreement with the Somerset County Parks Commission, permitting the charitable organization to conduct historical and cultural events on the property. We set out to enhance the public understanding of the lives of Elias Boudinot, Samuel Southard, and Edmund Ross, and their families, and other residents of the property. We hope to develop and produce public events utilizing the site’s landscape, buildings, and historical legacy, and plan to create a repository and research center for local genealogical and oral history resources.
Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House Website - Non-Profit 501 c(3)
The mission of the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is to restore, develop and operate the Vanderveer House property, significant in United States military history, as a nationally important historic site and an educational and community resource.
Friends of the KMS Farmstead Website - Non-Profit 501 c(3)
The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and operate the KMS Farmstead listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, as Farmstead Arts, a not-for-profit center for fine, performing and practical arts.
The Peapack and Gladstone Historic Preservation Commission was created in an effort to better document the history of the Borough. The Commission gathers, catalogs and stores photos, clippings and historical memorabilia donated by residents and friends. General displays and programs are held each year. If you have a part of the borough history you would like to display or are interested in joining the Commission please call 234-2250 for more information.
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills Website - Non-Profit 501 c(3)
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.
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
P.O. Box 136, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
the Brick Academy
The Historical Society
of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920