1895 - Clinton Ledyard Blair (Owner of The Blairsden Estate in Peapack) decides with other local developers to dam the Raritan River, creating Ravine Lake. Did you know he bought the surrounding land for only $80 per acre.
1969 - William Annin Middle School in Bernards Twp opened as a junior high school in 1969.
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.
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