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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.

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Physical Collections:

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/Genealogy
  • Special collections
Online Archives:

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.

The Blairsden Estate History Video Series

The Blairsden Video Series

One of the most exciting open house events, the Mansion in May allows a glimpse into the grandeur of the gilded age at the turn of the 20th century. Take a step back in time as narrator W. Barry Thomson and Brooks Betz collaborate again to bring you the Blairsden History Series: The Estate Tour.

Learn More and to View - Click Here

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Photo Collections

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

Thortons East
Local Maps Archive

Digital Gems - Rare Books Free Downloads

A Digital Gem - Ludwig Schumacher's The Somerset Hills - c1900

The Library of Congress, with a grant provided by the Sloan Foundation, has digitized a fantastic book that was originally published back in 1900 totally dedicated to the Somerset Hills area. Read about Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and all the other great areas.

Full of facts, background, and some great story telling that dates back to the early 17th century. The complete book is 135 pages, but they are small. Images included as well.

Grab yourself a big screen and click the book cover ...more

Original 1888 Brick Academy Student's School Books Come Home

Historic Original Brick Academy Students books

Donated by the great, great, great grandson of Basking Ridge resident Michael Scheuereman, two antique books that once belonged to the Brick Academy student William Scheuereman were recently donated to THSSH. Take a step back in time and come see these great pieces of our local history. Printed back in 1888 by D. Appleton and Company of New York, they're now on display at THSSH at the Brick Academy.

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Web Links and Research

Video

Reflections of Bernards Twp. A TKR Video production - 1991.

Video - Reflections of Bernards Twp

Biography of Dr. Robert Finley

Take a trip back in time to one of the founders of Basking Ridge, Reverend Robert Finley. Discussions include Slave trade, our National Policy and more. Written in 1857 by Rev. Isaac V. Brown. Click Here

 

 

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 Tourism Guide - Download Now Somerset County
Tourism / Visitor Guide (2017)

A fantastic 60 page guide on places to visit, shopping, restaurants, and historic sites in Somerset County, New Jersey. Also visit http://www.visitsomersetnj.org/ and sign up for their weekly events emails.

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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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Documents
THSSH Annual Reports

THSSH Annual Reports Archive

The Historical Society has a rich history in the area. Take a look back at the people and activities that were supported by the Basking Ridge Historical Society and what is now The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

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

Newsletters from The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills Archive

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Please make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF documents. Free Download for Mac or Windows.

Download our latest Newsletter

Inside the Brick Academy Newsletters Archive

Historical Society Newsletters from 1957-1976 now available for download ...more

Digital Archive Update

The History of Bernards Township Street Names

Ever 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.

The Way it Was in Basking Ridge

The Way it Was in Basking Ridge by Margaret Elizabeth Carswell.

Margaret (wife of John Carswell) writes about her recolations of growing up in the village of Basking Ridge back in the early 1900's. She writes about the Presbyterian Church, the quilt groups, the Firemans Carnival.

Also hear stories about the Rag Grinder with his monkey, the ice houses, and when the sidewalks finally came to the village in 1929.

Margaret wrote the piece back in 1981 and it's a great look back at the what it was like growing up in the area.

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A Town In Transition - Basking Ridge in 1940

In 2005, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills was given a manuscript written by Basking Ridge resident Janet Carswell in 1940 when she was a college student.

Not only does the paper contains charming descriptions and views of the town as it was at that time, it also includes some fascinating analysis about the population by Ms. Carswell, along with some humorous vignettes.

The images are especially interesting, for they provide a visual snapshot of the village when it was just on the cusp of a period of unprecedented growth.

The History of Basking Ridge by Nettie Allen

The History of Basking Ridge by Nettie Allen

Local resident and historical society founding charter member takes a look back at the history of Basking Ridge.

Ms. Allen (whose family is named after Allen Street in Basking Ridge, wrote the piece back in 1952. Nettie Allen served on the historical society for 32 years and left behind a tremendous collection of images, stories, and documents that we now refer to as "The Nettie Collection".

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Stories of Some Interesting People Buried in the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Cemetery
(Booklet) by George Fricke - Click Here

Cemetery Records from the Basking Ridge
Presbyterian Church - Click Here - Click Here

Cemetary

Cemetery Walk through - 2012

Thirty five Revolutionary War Soldiers are buried in this cemetery:

Benjamin Alward
John Ayres
Nathaniel Ayres
John Baird
George Bockoven
John Boylan
John Brees Sr.
John Brees Jr.
Stephen Brees
John Carle
Jonas Carle
Hugh Colwell
Daniel Doty
William Doughty
James Finley
John Hall
Samuel Johnson
Alexander Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick
James Kirkpatrick
Edward Lewis
Thomas Logan
Gavin McCoy
Jonathan Miller
John Parker
Samuel Reynolds
Israel Rickey
Thomas Riggs
Peter Sharpenstine
David Simpson
Henry Southard
James Thompson
Jonathan Whitaker Sr.
Jonathan Whitaker Jr.
Stafford Wilson

 

 
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The History of the Presbyterian Church

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

Stories of Some Interesting People Buried in the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Cemetery
(Booklet) by George Fricke - Click Here

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Bernardsville History


(Historical Timeline 1723-1951)

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Kate Macy Ladd (Natirar)
Reproduced 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

The Olcott Avenue Historic District Map Overlay - Click Here to enlarge

Olcott Avenue District History

Olcott 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.

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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 Map

The Historic Village of Basking Ridge Tour

New online virtual tour of the historic village of Basking Ridge ...more

Rules to Live by

1872 Schoolhouse rules and Punishments

One of our favorite documents of punishments for both Teachers and Students back in the 1890s. For purchase at the THSSH bookstore or available for download ...more

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Historic Local Maps
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Map - Basking Ridge Village - 1873

Village of Basking Ridge 1873

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

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Map - Bedminster Township 1873

Township of Bedminster Map 1873

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

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Map - Bullions Tavern aka Liberty Corner 1781

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

CourtesyW3R and Library of Congress.

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Map - Bullions Tavern aka Liberty Corner 1781

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

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Map - Bullions Tavern aka Liberty Corner 1781

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

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Map - Liberty Corner Village 1873

Liberty Corner (1873)

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

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Map - Bernardsville & Madisonville 1873

 

Bernardsville & Madisonville 1873

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

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Map - Bedminster's Lesser Cross Road 1873

Lesser Cross Roads

Bedminster 1873

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

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Map - Pleasant Valley c.1880

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

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Map - Greater Bernards Township c.1875

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

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Map - Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Graveyard

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

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Map - Peapack Village c.1850

Then part of Bedminster.

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

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Map - Thortons of the East West Jersey Region c.1700

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.


 

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