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THSSH Archive Spotlight

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From the Archives of our historic photo, postcard, map and document collections.
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Announcements & News

Fall Happenings!

  • Fall Happenings email blast just sent out
  • THSSH has Community Service openings for High School students
  • Basking Ridge Business Alliance Social at THSSH
  • Member Meeting/Speaker Thursday, Sept 21, 2017
  • Elderly Voices is going to be run again.
  • We have 3 Museum Open houses left for 2017.
  • Lord Stirling Living History Festival is Sun. Oct. 1, 2017
  • Weekend of Somerset History Coming Sat/Sun. Oct 13,14,2017
  • Haunted Walking Tour Back Oct. 29, 2017
  • Private Tour and a Brunch - Schuyler-Hamilton House in Morristown, Sun. Dec 12
  • Holiday Party for Members in the works
  • Sorry, 2017 Holiday House Tour postponed till 2018
  • Planning is underway for THSSH 90th Anniversary in 2018. Get ready!!!!!

Take the Survey:
What Are the Top 10 Greatest Events in the Somerset Hills?

Top 10 in the Somerset HillsSomerset 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.... Learn More

Member Update and Speaker Program

History of Street Names in Bernards Township

TONIGHT - 7:30pm -Bring a Friend

Bernards Township Street Signs
Meet with fellow THSSH members and friends at the historic Brick Academy. Click Here for details.

Hey Parents!

Your HS Student Looking for Community Service Hours?
We can get them all they need. We need 5 right now!

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Google Calendar - This Day In History - Get It Today!

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. Click Here to learn more.

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.

Lord Stirling 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

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
Register Now!

Join us for a fall classic as our Witch of Basking Ridge entertains with chilling tales that have held the test of time - Lady of the Swamp, the Express Train to Hell, the War Ghosts, Not an Ordinary House, and the Secret Room. And of course, the one-hour tour includes a nerve-shattering stroll through the historic graveyard!

Details and to Register - Click Here

Private Tour and a Brunch
the Schuyler-Hamilton House/Museum-Morristown

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:00

Hamilton Schuyler Paintings

Come hear the story about America's most eligible bachelor and bachelorette of the 18th Century and what the play Hamilton referred to as the Kardashian of the 1700s!

Elisa Hamilton - The Kardashian of the 1700s

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

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.

All Things
Basking Ridge Oak Tree

Basking Ridge Oak Tree Shirt

News, events, fundraisers, history, and more. 

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See Some of Our Favorite 
2017 Charter Day Photographs

Baby King George

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Basking Ridge Village

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Volunteer News

Ridge High School Student Designs Museum Exhibit

Student Volunteer

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.

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Local Lore

Betsy Ross, Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?

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

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 ....learn more

Volunteers Needed

Please 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. ...Read More

Programming Assistants
Community Outreach Assistant
Public Relations Chairperson
Newsletter Assistant


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


A 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...
... Read More


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