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Elder VoicesElder Voices Series: 2nd Edition

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 2-4pm
This is our second sesson based on the success of the pilot held in the Spring.

Maybe you've only lived in town a few years? Just move here? Or maybe you have questions about what used to be in the area or what it was like? If so, this event is for you! Join us for a two hour storytelling session about topics, places, and the untold history of Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and the other Somerset Hills towns. 

Meet senior citizens in a small intimate setting as we hear local stories from those who lived it. We will be sharing old photos to dicuss as well. Bring any old photos or questions you might have. 
 A "Pass the hat" donation activity.

Event is Free - Registration Needed - Click Here


Member Social and Guest Speaker
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Street Signs of Bernards Township
Join us Thursday, Septermber 21, 2017 at the home of THSSH as we kickoff with a post summer member social event. Meet with fellow THSSH members and friends in a social environment at the historic Brick Academy.

Bring a friend. Click Here for Details

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
Sunday, October 1, 2017
It's Living History Day at The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission's annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling's grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades and a Revolutionary War military detachment camp on the former estate lawns and conduct maneuvers.

1770s Festival

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Somerset County's Weekend Journey Through the Past

Tour the most prominent historic properties in Somerset County.
Visit 5 properties right here in the Somerset Hills

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

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, October 15, Noon - 4:00 PM

Somerset County's Premiere Historic Event - For more information...Read More

Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge
Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Haunted Walking Tour

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Space is Limited. Register Now!

Join us on a seasonal fall classic. The Haunted Tour of Basking Ridge Village. Hear tales about the Lady of the Swamp, the Express Train to Hell, the War Ghosts, Not an ordinary house, the Secret Room, and of course, a trip to the cemetary. Join us as our historic Witch of Basking Ridge entertains with tales that have held the test of time.

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GroupTree Views Reception Celebrates Participants,Honorees, Winners, and the Basking Ridge Oak Tree

It was a fantastic night at Westminster Hall as almost 100 people gathered to hear entrants from the recently completed Tree Views essay contest and the unveiling of the book "The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project book. Hosted by THSSH, Trustee Meg Wastie and the historical society's education committee, the night honored 12 entries and presented awards in four school categories. The final prize, a $500 scholarship check was presented..... Learn More

Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project CoverThe Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book Released - Get Your Copy Now!

If you've been touched by the story of the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree's 600 year history, you have to see this new book. Entitled "The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project", it is a compilation of the areas children from Kindergarten through High School who have written or drawn pictures of the historic oak that was recently taken down.

The keepsake book is a fundraiser that not only includes some of the most touching writings and images, but it also gives back to the community. With each purchase of the book, a donation is made to a high school scholarship fund. Also, there is a coupon for a free student membership for young historians to join the Historical Society's Young Historian program.

The inaugural run of the book will be available starting Thursday, June 8, 2017 at a the Tree Views Reception. Get additional details and order your copy today.

Click here for all the details. Online ordering is now available.

Basking Ridge Historic Oak Project T shirt logoAll Things Basking Ridge Oak Tree

News, events, fundraisers, history, and more.

GET YOUR TREE SHIRT NOW! Students at William Annin Middle School sponsored a community fundraiser to celebrate the history of the Basking Ridge Great White Oak. While over 30 tree designs were created by the students, Hannah Shen’s winning design was selected to be made into a t-shirt and sold online raising over $5200 so far.

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Baby King George IISee some of our Favorite Fun
2017 Charter Day Photographs

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Basking Ridge Village

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Survey: What do you Think are The Top 10 Greatest Events/Stories/News in the Somerset Hills?

Top 10Somerset Hills History Top 10 Survey gives you a chance to tell us what you think the top 10 stories are regarding the history of the Somerset Hills. This is a non-scientific gathering from participants willing to provide their opinion on the top 10 historic news, events, or activities that contributed, changed, identified the Somerset Hills community (Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bernards Twp, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone). This is your opinion and there is no right or wrong answer.

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Designer AlexaRidge High School Student Designs Museum Exhibit
at Brick Academy

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) collaborated with a Ridge High School student to design an exhibit for the Brick Academy Museum. Read More


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The Greatest Oak Tree in the Western Hemisphere

The Historic Oak Tree of Basking Ridge is in the News

It's known as the great white oak and is the pride of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Situated at the center of downtown Basking Ridge, just to the right of the historic 1717 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, sits the great white oak. The tree is the essence of the history of Basking Ridge.

Before we get started, it's important to note that there is disagreement as to the actual age of the great white oak that stands over the Presbyterian Church in the downtown section of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The tree is iconic. It's historic, and it's certainly been around longer than anyone that we can tell in our recorded history
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THSSH Volunteer OpportunitiesPlease consider volunteering today!

To apply for a Volunteer position, please drop us a note with your first three choices and we';; be in touch. Use the form on the Contact Us page or call us at 908- 221-1770.

Memberships - Chairperson
Bookstore Volunteer
Building Maintenance Lead
Community Outreach Chairperson
Hospitality Chairperson
Public Relations Chairperson
Speaker Series Chairperson
Publicity Chairperson

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The Game of Guesses:
Online Series: Dig In The Archives

GuessA fun new series was started on Facebook to that gives people a change to guess the image and post their memories.

Thousands of people have logged in to guess photos that have been pulled from the archives of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH).
Come see what it's all about. Lots of great stories and guesses from our participants...
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Vanderveer House Friends Receives County Grant to Save Historic Barn & Move to Bedminster

A decaying, but architecturally significant, early 19th century Dutch barn from Branchburg, NJ will soon become the centerpiece of a planned farmstead surrounding Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House.  In June, The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House were awarded a $94,190 Historic Preservation Grant from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders for the acquisition and relocation of the 33’ x 51’ barn from a private property on Old York Road to the grounds of the Jacobus Vanderveer House.

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

A 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.

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History Exhibit at THSSHWhat Put Somerset Hills on the Map

A 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 Video SeriesThe Blairsden Estate History 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.

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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.


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 - c1900Digital Gems - Rare Books - Free Downloads

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 _________________________________________________________________

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

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