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What Put Somerset Hills on the Map
Museum Exhibit

A permanent exhibit that showcases the Somerset Hills - Bedminster, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills, Bernardsville, and Basking Ridge/Bernards Township - is on display at the Brick Academy.

New Exhibit at THSSHVisitors to THSSH at the Brick Academy can now view an interesting, exciting, understanding, and appreciation for the uniqueness of the Somerset Hills.” 

Through art, artifacts, maps, photos, posters, memorabilia and written details, a compelling story is told about the Somerset Hills and each town within it that spans from its beginnings to the present day.  The exhibit is designed to appeal to a broad audience including local and prospective residents, school children, scholars, historians, preservationists, and antiquarians.




The scope of the new museum exhibit includes:

  • Primary exhibit: What put each town on the map including major Historical References, Developments, Events,Buildings, Business, Structures, People, and Interests
  • Secondary exhibit: Beautiful Country Estates, Notable Residents and Political Figures
  • Small ‘Did You Know?’ exhibit: Interesting Facts

Bedmister's Malcolm ForbesThe first museum exhibits of Bedminster and Peapack-Gladstone was installed in time for our ‘Blairsden’ speaker program scheduled for May 15, 2014. The remaining towns were installed throughout 2014: Far Hills, Bernardsville and Bernards Township. 

We invite you to visit the Brick Academy and experience the rich intriguing history of the Somerset Hills!



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About The Brick Academy

BR_Brick_Academy_Sketch_08_sm.jpgThe Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.


About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.

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.

To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.



the Brick Academy
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Street Address:
The Historical Society
of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 221-1770

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