1910 - T. Leonard Hill, son of Garner Ferris Hill, in 1910, was one of Peapack's first automobile owners, creating the first auto taxi in the Garner Hill Livery Service.
One of the most noted events in Pluckemin was The Grand Alliance Ball of 1779 in Pluckemin. General Washington and 400 others attended the celebration held on the grounds of the Boylan House in 1779. The ball celebrated the first anniversary of the alliance with France, which ended in victory for the allies at Yorktown. The ball was attended by more than 400 dignitaries. George and Martha Washington attended the ball that took place on grounds of what was the John Boylan home, near the northwest side of the Cornelius Eoff farm.
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Maybe you've only lived in town a few years? Just move here? Or maybe you have questions about what used to be in the area or what it was like? 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.
But you have to RSVP. Seating is limited.
A "Pass the hat" donation event. RSVP requested
Somerset Hills Historic Keepsake Village is Expanding
Second Cat's Meow Crafted Keepsake Announced
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.
Looking for a fun day out? We're bringing back the Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge Village.
Take in the village center, which remains a favorite Bernards Township
gathering place, with attractive shops and restaurants, churches, and what will be the last chance to see the historic great white oak before it is taken down.
One of the best events you'll ever experience. Walk and learn about famous, and not so famous, historic tidbits as you walk the historic downtown village of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township
Get your tickets today for this limited private tour - Click Here
Free Speaker Series Returns
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:30pm2-4pm - Brick Academy
Partnering with Madison's Museum of Early Trades and Crafts come join THSSH as participants learn about old-fashioned food preparation and cooking techniques through hands-on examination of cooking utensils and food-related artifacts from the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts' collection.
The program concludes with an excerpt from a memoir, and participants are encouraged to reminisce about favorite recipes and food/cooking memories. More info - Click Here
Free - Please RSVP with a simple email to email@example.com
2018 THSSH Field Trip Announced
Tour and a Tea - The Liberty Hall Museum and Gardens at Kean University
Our 2018 field trip will be an exciting afternoon of history, gardens and one of the best tea services in New Jersey.
Back by popular demand, enjoy the tremendously popular tea service outside in our beautiful gardens! The tea includes a sumptuous selection of scones, assorted pastries, traditional finger sandwiches, and the freshest of fruit. As you enjoy your afternoon tea experience, listen to a talk about the history of the gardens of Liberty Hall and receive gardening tips on the proper care of roses. A tour of Liberty Hall Museum including the historic 1772-built Victorian-style mansion filled with antique furniture, ceramics, toys & tools.
2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented for Walk of Honor
Congratulations to June Kennedy along with the families of Millie Van Dyke and Mary Conkling Ellis.
This year the Board of Trustees have seleccted 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. Click Here
2018 Anniversary Keepsake
Cat's Meow Village Presents the
Brick Academy - Get Yours Today!
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the area's first 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.
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
Happy Birthday THSSH
2018 Marks Society's 90th Anniversary
From the humble beginnings, to the move into the Brick Academy, the numerous restorations, and supporting the growth of new historic organizations in our area. Take a look back at the great history of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Read More
2018 Events at THSSH
THSSH Announces 2018 Events Calendar
Are you ready to celebrate with THSSH in 2018. Take a look as we've put together a great schedule of events including walking tours, haunted tours, holiday house tours, Elder Voice gatherings, at least one field trip, not to mention Charter Day Street Fair and Festival, Lord Striling Festival and more.
See the Events Calendar - Now you can even add our calendar to your phone or your own personal calendar.
A new program for 2018 to celebrate the Society's anniversary. Members get to create their own family history folder that will be added to the THSSH archives vault. Work with research volunteers on a simple easy to create folder. Learn More
New Video on our YouTube Channel
Take a Look Back at 2017
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
Nominate a Preservation Candidate
Know a property worth saving?
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.
The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book - Get Your Copy Now
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.
Fun Kids Coloring Book with Local History
Note to Parents and Grand-Parents
Color local history with the kids!
Now availalble online
What Were 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
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. Learn More
The Game of Guesses:
Online Series: Dig In The Archives
A fun series now on Facebook 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.
The Year We Lost the Historic 600 Year Old
Basking Ridge Oak Tree
News, events, fundraisers, history, and more. Learn More
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