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Charter Day Streetfair and Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Charter Day Celebrating the 1760 Charter of Bernards TwpShows, Rides, Games, Food, Entertainment, Street Acts, Charter Day Idol and more!

Celebrating the 257th Anniversary of the Charter of Bernardston

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Rain or Shine

THSSH has new exhibits, activities, and events just for Charter Day. Click Here for all the details.

Basking Ridge Historic Oak Project T shirt logoSchool T Shirt Fundraiser Raises Funds for Basking Ridge Historic Oak Project

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 $3200.

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Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church ParadeTime for a Parade - June 10, 2017

Walk with Us to Celebrate the 300th Anniversary of
Basking Ridge's
Oldest Organization.

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"Tree View" Essay Contest
Students Write "as if" they're the Tree

Tree Views EssayScholarship to High School Winner

Students from K-12 are invited to participate in a essay contest that recognizes the Basking Ridge Great White Oak Tree. The premisis of the essay is to pick any event that you think the tree either saw, or wanted to comment on over it's 600 year lifespan. For High School Seniors, THSSH has sponsored a $500 scholarship to the winner to that category as well as a number of other prizes and honors....Learn More

The Top 10 Greatest Events/Stories/News
in the Somerset Hills Survey

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

The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Community Fundraiser:
News about the Historic Great White Oak-
Community Campaign


PartnersClick 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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Historic Image Spotlight

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A Tribute to the Historic White Oak in Basking Ridge

All artists 18 and older living in the Somerset Hills are invited to join the celebration of the historic white oak tree of the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, to express how this historic natural landmark has touched them.  Artists who are open to being filmed will become a part of a documentary made of the project. ...Learn More

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

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.

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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