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Inside the Brick Academy - The Newsletter of The Historical Society of the Somerset HillsThe Latest Edition of "Inside the Brick Academy" is out to the membership.
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Historic Image Spotlight

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The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Project:
Community Go Fund Me Campaign

Click Here to Make a Donation to the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Project

In partnership with the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) supporting the effort with this online GoFundMe campaign. This will be the only public campaign to raise funds for this community cause. THSSH hopes the community will donate generously to help offset the incredible expense the church will endure to dismantle, preserve and honor the legacy of this historic community treasure.

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Speakeasy Fun Had by All at the Bernards Inn

THSSH kicked it back to the 1920's as guests took the historic Bernards Inn back to the days of bootlegging and prohibition while meeting two of New Jersey's premiere craft distillers ...Read More


Profile:
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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THSSH Welcomes New Trustee Meg Wastie

New THSSH Board Member Cynthia CrossonThe THSSH is pleased to introduce Meg Wastie to the Board of Trustees at The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Meg has spent most of her life in New Jersey and loves the beauty and history of the state. She grew up in Westfield and currently lives in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township.

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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.

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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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