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The Latest Edition of "Inside the Brick Academy" is out to the membership. Did you get your copy?

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2015 Year In Review - Annual Report

THSSH Annual ReportIts incredible how quickly a year can pass. Take a look back as we present our annual report. Download Now.


Charter Day Street Festival is Coming
May 21, 2016

Expect visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebration to reach over 10,000 as the festivities commence with the Town Crier conducting the opening ceremonies on the downtown green at 11am. Bernards Twp includes the areas including Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington. Booth Space registrations are now available at town hall.

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2015 Holiday House Tour - Great Weather - Great Times

Holiday House Tour


Happy Holidays and please come back and see what's coming in 2016.

Somerset Hills Holiday House Tour

The Somerset Hills most celebrated house tour returns this holiday season on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from noon to 5 pm.  For over a quarter of a century, the Somerset Hills Holiday House Tour, sponsored by The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH), has been a tradition enjoyed by thousands. Tickets for this year's Holiday House Tour are no longer available online or by mail.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please call 908-647-2241 - Click Here to learn more .


This Day in History in Somerset Hills - Your Towns, Your History

This Day in History - Somerset HillsA new project called This Day in History in Somerset Hills will begin to document fun historic facts of events that have occurred in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Submit your own facts that you know.. Click Here to learn more.


Come out and celebrate history across Somerset County with a number of facilities that will open for this special event. Two great days- lots of events and new exhibits

Somerset County History Weekend -
Weekend Journey Thru the Past - Oct. 10-11

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with thirty local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated the weekend of October 10 & 11, 2015 "Weekend Journey through the Past." During this two-day period, thirty (30) of the County's significant historic sites will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. This year’s event will feature four (4) “first time” participating sites: The Hageman Farm in Somerset (Franklin Twp); the Texier House Museum in Watchung; Blawenburg Reformed Church in Blawenburg (Montgomery Twp.); and the Dr. J. Vermeule House in Green Brook.
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Lord Stirling Festival - Sunday, October 5, 2015

1770s FestivalReturn to the past and experience daily colonial life and craft industry at the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades while a Town Crier announces the local news. A Revolutionary War Military detachment camps on the former estate lawn of Lord Stirling and conducts maneuvers. Stroll the grounds of "The Buildings" and tour Lord Stirling's personal 1762 wine cellar. The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival also features displays of authentic artifacts discovered on site by our archeological field project. Children of all ages enjoy the hayrides, clay crafts, stenciling, tin piercing, and colonial games. Experience what life was like here in the fall of 1770 and learn about our local Revolutionary War hero, Lord Stirling. Click Here to learn more


What Put Somerset Hills on the Map

History Exhibit at THSSHA new permanent exhibit is now at the Brick Academy - 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.

We're very excited to bring everyone to show off the the jewels of the Somerset Hills.

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The Blairsden Estate History Video Series

The Blairsden Video SeriesOne 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.

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Somerset County Awards Generous Historic Preservation Grants to Three Local Historic Efforts

Brick Academy Awarded 2013 GrantThe 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.

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Historic Original Brick Academy Students booksOriginal 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.


Lorraine Passmore Scholarship FundHistory Scholarship Program

The Lorraine Passmore Historic Preservation Scholarship Program honors a dedicated member and encourages historic preservation practice. Read more

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Did Betsy Ross Die in Basking Ridge as Mrs. Claypool?Local Lore

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
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A Digital Gem - Ludwig Schumacher's The Somerset Hills - c1900
Digital Gem - A Rare Book - A Great Download

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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Inside America Limited Edition Bernards 250 edition

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.
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