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Bernards Twp 250th Anniversary Celebration

Bernards Township 250th Celebration

As part of a year-long celebration, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills was proud to take part in this glorious historical event.

Starting in early January 2010, the yearlong celebration brought together local organizations, communities, neighborhoods to celebrate the rich history of Bernards Township.

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Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards Twp


Charter Day

Charter Day commemorates the anniversary of the May 24, 1760 granting of a township Charter by King George II of England, establishing Bernardston Township. This act was as a courtesy and in appreciation for the services of Sir Francis Bernard, Royal Governor of New Jersey. From January 27, 1758 to July 4, 1760 Sir Francis Bernard, son of a British Reverend was appointed for two years as Royal Governor of New Jersey.

Bernards Twp

Basking Ridge
Liberty Corner
West Millington

Click Here and learn some of the lighter and personal memories of the history of Bernards Township

(Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons, & W. Millington)

A Basking Ridge resident for 31 years, June Kennedy has been Bernards Township Historian since 1990. She lectures and gives tours to school and civic groups on local history, researches houses and genealogy and is a member/trustee of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills...learn more


Bernards Township 250th

On May 24, 2010, Bernards Township will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of its Charter. In anticipation of this special occasion, the Township Committee has appointed an 11-member 250th Anniversary Task Force. The group’s mission, as stated in the committee’s resolution, is to encourage residents to participate in the anniversary by combining pre-existing events with new celebrations to create a year-long series of events throughout 2010.

Bernards Twp

Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons, West Millington


About Bernards Twp

Sir Francis Bernard, The Royal Governor of New JerseyBernards Twp


About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

The Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebrates its bicentennialFounded 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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and Holidays)
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