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Time for a Parade!

Join THSSH June 10, 2017 to Celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Basking Ridge's Oldest Organization.

Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Parade

Members and friends of THSSH are invited to join us under our banner as we participate honoring the oldest organization in Basking Ridge, the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church (BRPC) as it turns 300 years old.

The parade route will run starting at Ridge High School on South Finley Avenue and continue north ending at the front of the BRPC. Participants are asked to arrive at 1pm. The parade commences at RHS at 2pm. The walk is approximately 1 mile and should take between 30-45 minutes to complete.

2017 Parade Route

After a brief ceremony, members and guests are invited for light refreshments and can also stop by the Brick Academy to view the new 300th Anniversary Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church exhibit. The Brick Academy will be open from 11-5pm.

For those who don't know, the Brick Academy was built by Dr. Robert Finley, pastor of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. The Brick Academy was used as a schoolhouse for the church starting back in 1809.

Submitted: April 13, 2017

About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.

To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.

About The Brick Academy

BR_Brick_Academy_Sketch_08_sm.jpgThe Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.


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