Move over West Point, historians now believe that before the famed United States Military Academy was established by President Thomas Jefferson's signed legislation in 1802 and artillery training at the site goes back to 1794, there was an earlier army training academy established in 1778, nestled in the Somerset Hills behind the second Watchung Mountain in Pluckemin, New Jersey.
1969 - William Annin Middle School in Bernards Twp opened as a junior high school in 1969.
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Fall Speaker Series
Thursday ∙ October 16
Beer steins go back as early as the 14th century and are still collected and coveted. These steins, mugs, and tankards are prized for their unique craftsmanship and colorful ornamentation. Whether you collect steins for enjoyment or inherited a stein or two, certain steins have proven to be a good investment. Come join us for an informative slide presentation on the history of stein making followed by a festive tasting. You are also welcome to bring in your dusty stein for evaluation. Guest Speaker: Martine White, ASA Certified Appraiser of Personal Property
The New Jersey Cranberry Thursday ∙ November 20
Cranberries have been an important crop for New Jersey since the 19th century. It is one of the few fruits indigenous to the United States and was used as food, medicine, and dyes long before the European settlers arrived. Learn about the history of these tart berries, the state’s contribution to their cultivation, and early American recipes. Guest Speaker: Judith Krall-Russo, Food Historian
Programs at 7:30 PM
15 W. Oak Street, Basking Ridge
Free Admission ∙ Refreshments
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.
BEDMINSTER and the Rest of Somerset Hills is Coming to Basking Ridge
A new permenant exhibit is now at the Brick Academy - the History of BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP.
Images, Stories, structures, people, estates and more are going to be presented as THSSH continues to promote history in the Somerset Hills. Look here for more news soon on this great new exhibit.
We're very excited to bring everyone to show off one of the jewels of the Somerset Hills. Look for the exhibit in early May. In the meantime, visit our online photo archive and look at some of the great postcards and photos from the early 1900s.
We're very excited to bring everyone to show off one of the jewels of the Somerset Hills. Learn More Photo Archive - Click Here
Historic Blairsden Estate and Mansion Open to Public in May 2014
Here's Your Chance to see one of America's Greatest Mansions!
Blairsden was the magnificent country home of C. Ledyard Blair, a New York City financier, sportsman and commodore of the New York Yacht Club. Designed and constructed between 1897 and 1903, this 62,000 - square-foot Louis XIV chateau-style mansion was the masterpiece of renowned architecture firm Carrère and Hastings and a favorite destination of New York City's elite during the Gilded Age.
Totally decorated for this great fundraiser by over 60 designers.
Click Here to learn more about the Mansion in May and the history of Blairsden and C. Ledyard Blair.
Somerset County Awards Generous Historic Preservation Grants to Three Local Historic Efforts
The Somerset County Historic Preservation Committee awarded three major grants to historic properties in the Somerset Hills communities of Basking Ridge and Bernardsville. With the help of many, we'd like to recognize and congratulate each of the three organizations for there dedication towards preserving our local history.
Original 1888 Brick Academy Student's School Books Come Home
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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History Scholarship Program
The Lorraine Passmore Historic Preservation Scholarship Program honors a dedicated member and encourages historic preservation practice. Read 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
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.
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This sure to be a classic Bernards Township local collectible, "Around and About - Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons - a 148 page limited release and only available from the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Learn More
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