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New Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Coming

THSSH Announces 3rd Keepsake - The Basking Ridge Oak Tree (Pre-Order Now)

The 3rd keepsake in the Somerset Hills History Village is the 619 year old Basking Ridge Oak Tree. While the area lost this iconic emblem of strength and vitality, it will never be lost in our hearts. Now we have created the latest addition to our village community. Only $25 and available for PRE-ORDER now online (Click Here). The inaugural run should be ready to ship by mid-July 2018 if not sooner.

THSSH Basking Ridge Oak Tree Cat's Meow KeepsakeThe Cats Meow Basking Ridge Oak Tree
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Fundraiser Price: $25

4 3/4 " long x 4" high by 3/4" wide
Handcrafted wood made in the USA

Order Onlinemade in the USA

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Our Second Keepsake is Available Now

THSSH Welcomes 2nd Keepsake in the Somerset Hills History Village
The 1717 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree

Somerset Hills HIstoric Village Keepsake #2

Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Basking Ridge Oak Tree

8" long x 4.5" high by 3/4" wide
Handcrafted wood made in the USA

Order Onlinemade in the USA

Be part of the fun!
Nominate the next keepsake in the village - Click Here

See how our Somerset Hills Village is created!


Anniversary Announcement

Cat's MeowTHSSH Launches Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the first historical society in the area, THSSH is proud to announce the launch of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection. In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces its first collectible in the collection - the Historic 1809 Brick Academy, home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. The wooden collectible is available online starting in January 2018 and will also be available at the Brick Academy Museum store.

The Brick Academy Cats Meow Somerset Hills History VillageThe Historic Somerset Hills Village - Brick Academy by the Cat's Meow


4 7/8" H x 5" wide by 3/4" wide
Handcrafted wood made in the USA

made in the USA

Inaugural Keepsake - The 1809 Brick Academy

The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a fundraising program that also honors historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The inaugural keepsake, the historic Brick Academy, celebrates the iconic Basking Ridge Village building that is listed on both the state and national historic registries, and serves as the home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection as part of a multi-year effort to promote and preserve history in the Somerset Hills including Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. Brooks Betz, THSSH programming chair noted "There are so many great historic icons in the Somerset Hills and we're really excited to launch our keepsake program in conjunction with the Society's 90th anniversary. We plan on adding additional keepsakes throughout the year and will even sponsor a contest where the public gets to vote for a future keepsake." The keepsake is meant to display on a counter or shelf. It is made of a sturdy 3/4" handmade wood block and then painted.

Many people collect other village pieces and build a village collection. The creations are part of the historic Cat's Meow Village Collection, which has been producing iconic wood ornaments for over 35 years.

THSSH will produce limited batches of the Somerset Hills Keepsake Village and maintain a small inventory at THSSH's headquarters at the Brick Academy.

How do I Get One?

The easiest way to get one is to order online via our Etsy Store.
Our online store accepts multiple forms of payment including credit/debit cards and Paypal. Orders are now being taken online to ship our first batch in late January 2018.
Orders are processed on a first come/first serve basis.

Order Online

Fundraiser Price: $25

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Cats Meow Brick Academy - The Historic Somerset Hills Village

Actual Village Piece with K-Cup (for scale)

If you'd like to pick one up in person, please drop us an email or call THSSH at 908-221-1770 and leave a message or drop by when the museum is open, typically on the first Sunday of each month from 2-4pm (Check Here). THSSH accepts checks for payment.

Additional Information

Cat's Meow

The Cat’s Meow Village is a small company birthed in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn. 35 years later, Jones with her crew continues to craft "little wooden buildings" of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.

The Second


8" wide x 4.5" high

Nominate the Next Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collectible!

Make your voice heard. Here's your chance to nominate the next Cat's Meow Historic Somerset Hills collectible. Just fill out the form below and we'll gather and create a contest to vote later this Spring.


About The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

THSSH logoFounded 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.



the Brick Academy
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of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 221-1770

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