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Online Archive Collections

Below are the contents of our expanding online archives collection. Please check back often as our online collection is always expanding.

Physical Collection:

Housed at the Brick Academy, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is continuing to document it's collection:

  • Maps & Surveys
  • Books (including yearbooks, ledgers, minute books, etc.)
  • Images: Photos, Postcards, slides, digital, etc.
  • Subject Files
  • Property Files
  • Scrapbooks
  • Ephemera (essentially these are paper artifacts)
  • Historical Society Files Brick Academy
  • Framed items
  • Oral histories
  • Local Family/Geneology
  • Special collections

If you'd like to learn more, feel free to write for additonal information or feel free to visit us.

Online Collection:

Postcard Collections
Postcard Collections

Called Penny Postcards since they only cost a penny. In the early 1900's this was a fun way to correspond.

 

Penny Postcard Video - Postcards from the early 1900's from around the Somerset Hills. For a larger view as well as photo descriptions - Click Here.

 

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Photo Collections

From a variety of sources from within the vault of THSSH.

 

 

 

Publications

Walking Tour
Walking Tour of Basking Ridge

A great way to see some of the most noted historical sites in and around the downtown Basking Ridge area.

Published 2004

Online virtual tour is also available now. Click Here

 

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Somerset County Historic Register of Sites
Somerset County
Historic Sites & Districts (2009)

A fantastic 59 page book including sketch drawings, town by town listings, and stories about all of the state and nationally registered historical assets in Somerset County, New Jersey.

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Inside The Brick Adademy - The official Newsletter of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

The Official Publication of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

Click to See the Exciting New Look of THSSH's NewsletterDownload our latest Newsletter

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Documents

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Click Here to Download NowA Town In Transition

A photo essay and manuscript from 1940 by Basking Ridge resident Ms. Janet Carswell

 

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Click Here to Download NowTHSSH Annual Report (2009) - Click Here

Click Here to Download NowTHSSH Annual Report (2008) - Click Here

Click Here to Download NowTHSSH Annual Report (2007) - Click Here

Click Here to Download NowTHSSH Annual Report (2006) - Click Here

Click Here to Download NowTHSSH Annual Report (2005) - Click Here

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The Presbyterian Church, Basking Ridge, NJ - A History 1717-1968 by Dorothy Loa McFadden, Mildred Van Dyke and Eileen Luz Johnston
EILEEN LUZ JOHNSTON

Cemetery Records from the Basking Ridge
Presbyterian Church - Click Here

Cememtery

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iconBernardsville
(Historical Timeline 1723-1951)

(pdf Download)

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Kate Macy Ladd (Natirar)
KMLReproduced Brochure- Includes history, photographs and descriptions of the services and estate grounds.

(1.75mb pdf download)
20 pages.

Also, see what Somerset County is proposing as a master plan to preserve Natirar and the new Somerset County Park proposal. Click Here

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Natirar Master Plan - Also, see what Somerset County is proposing as a master plan to preserve Natirar and the new Somerset County Park proposal. Click Here

Natirar Building Survey - Click Here

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Olcott Avenue District History

The Olcott Avenue Historic District Map Overlay - Click Here to enlargeOlcott Avenue is named after Frederick Pepoon Olcott (1841-1909), a Bernardsville mountain colony resident who was president of the Central Trust Company in New York which later was merged with JP Morgan. Olcott owned a Bernardsville estate which included the area including the Somerset Hills Country Club. - Click Here to learn more.

Download NowDownload the complete Olcott Ave Historic Nomination Report Click Here

Download Now46mb file - Photographs/map/historic photos - Click Here

Download Now4mb file - Historic photos - Click Here

 

  Online Interactive MapNew online virtual tour of the historic village of Basking Ridge ...more
  Rules to Live by1872 Schoolhouse rules and Punishments document reproductions now available for download ...more
  Digital Archive UpdateHistorical Society Newsletters from 1957-1976 now available for download ...more
 

Street Names of Bernards Township

Digital Archive UpdateEver wonder why a street is named the way it is? Learn about the history of almost every street name in Bernards Township -Click Here to search or Download Here the entire file.

   

 

Historic Local Maps

Map

Village of Basking Ridge 1873

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Map

Township of Bedminster Map 1873

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Map

Map - Bullions Tavern (Now Liberty Corner, Bernards Township)

CourtesyW3R and Library of Congress.

Map

Map - Bullions Tavern (Now Liberty Corner, Bernards Township)

CourtesyW3R and Library of Congress

From the Volume set "The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783. Translated and Edited by Howard Rice and Anne Brown, Princeton University Press, Brown University Press, 1927

Map

Map - Bullions Tavern 1781 (Now Liberty Corner, Bernards Township)

From the Volume set "The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783. Translated and Edited by Howard Rice and Anne Brown, Princeton University Press, Brown University Press, 1927

Map

Liberty Corner (1873)

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Map

Bernardsville & Madisonville 1873

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Map

Lesser Cross Roads,

Bedminster 1873

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Map

1880 Map of Pleasant Valley

(W. Millington/Millington/Lyons-Bernards Township) what looks like the junction of Valley Road and Stonehouse Roads today (see Baptist Church icon)

Map

Greater Bernards (1875)

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Map

Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Graveyard Map - Oak Tree Area

CementeryCemetery Burial Records/ Maps - Presbyterian Church, Basking Ridge

See if you have ancestors from the region. 700+ plot records!

Cemetery Records from the Basking Ridge
Presbyterian Church - Click Here

Map

Village of Peapack (1850)

Then part of Bedminster.

From the Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, published by Beers, Comstock & Cline, 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1873.

Thortons East

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Thortons 1700 map of the East West Jersey region. John Thornton’s massive atlas of maritime charts covering the entire nautical world. On this copper-engraved early English nautical chart includes soundings in New York harbor, Delaware Bay, and off shore. The diagonal lines are early colonial boundaries. The beautiful hand-colored outline and wash coloring is original.

North and South New Jersey (or East and West Jersey in colonial times) have always differed in some respect—geographically, politically. The northern areas were settled by the Dutch, and had a commercial focus strongly oriented toward the New York City market. The southern part of the state was settled by Swedes along the Delaware, and was a more rural farm-based economy linked to Philadelphia markets. The Dutch eventually took over the Swedish colonies, and those were subsequently taken by the English. The royal province of New Jersey was established by the English in 1702. During the American Revolution, New Jersey was a crossroads of conflict.

 

Somerset County - 1779

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