1972 - The Hills Development Company and Toll Brothers built New Jersey's largest residential development at the time: 1,880 units in Bernards Twp. 3,200 in Bedminster (5,100 total), consisting of 610 Mt. Laurel units, single family homes and commercial sites on 1,500 acres over 20 years starting in 1972.
1956 - The same year Eisenhower signed Federal-Aid Highway Act, New Jersey Legislators agreed to lobby the federal government for a north/south and east/west highway, and soon Routes 287 & 78 were added to the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. The roads were completed in 1968 changing the Somerset Hills forever.
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If so, this event is for you! Join us for a two hour storytelling session about topics, places, and the untold history of Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and the other Somerset Hills towns.
A "Pass the hat" donation event.
Have You Seen the "This Day In History" Calendar? Get It Today!
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
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 - Click Here
Historic Peapack Lime Kilns Getting 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.
Since 1999, The Society has been the owner of this wonderful historic landmark. Learn what's been happening with the current restoration efforts.
The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book Released - Get Your Copy!
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
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
Basking Ridge Oak Tree
News, events, fundraisers, history, and more. Learn More
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2017 Charter Day Photographs
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.
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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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.
Betsy Ross, Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?
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