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Six Great THSSH Tours

Haunted Walking Tour of Basking Ridge

DATE: October 28, 2018

Tickets will be available about 8 weeks prior to event.
Members + One Guest: Free
Non-Members: $10

Back by popular demand!

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!

Small guided groups will be led by our lantern-carrying witch. There are two convenient start times: 3 PM and 5:30 PM. Please note that the Haunted Walking Tour is probably not suitable for children under 10 years old.

Tickets are free for THSSH members and one guest. Non-member tickets are $10 per person. The popular event is held rain or shine. Purchased tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another guest. The Haunted Walking Tour has limited space…hurry to reserve your place!

Museum Tour

Exhibit: What Put Somerset Hills on the Map

A new permanent exhibit and tour 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.

Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge

Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge Village now mashed with Google Maps

Two versions are now available – online and downloadable.

A great way to see some of the most noted historical sites in and around the downtown Basking Ridge area.

Taken from the historic pamphlet from our online archives, here’s a new way to get a virtual look at the historic hamlet of Basking Ridge.

You will start at the Brick Academy, home to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (it’s marked with a “Circled Question Mark”.) Created by Trustee member Brooks Betz, “the interactive map allows people to recognize some of the historic buildings in the township without going outside”. “Guided tours are given periodically by local historians, but we felt this might be a good way to allow visitors to familiarize themselves with the logistics of the tour before they visit,” stated Betz.

The interactive map includes 27 historic buildings, three dining establishments, restroom stops, parking, and the best photo areas. The original tour book, written/published in 2004, is still available for download and available in the Historical Society’s gift shop. “But nothing takes the place of a nice walk. So come spend a few hours, have lunch, and enjoy the historic village of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.”

Click Here to be directed to the online interactive map and tour.

Olcott District Walking Tour – Bernardsville

Olcott Avenue was the first street in Bernardsville designed to appeal specifically to the rising class of local merchants and entrepreneurs. It was a planned neighborhood of comfortable homes constructed in the most fashionable architectural styles, on a broad new avenue set apart from working class neighborhoods. Restrictions were written into each deed by the developer to control how each buyer could use his property. The result was a residential district of substantial dwellings in a homogenous setting.

A number of architectural and technological innovations of the period are evident in the district, as a result of designs created by some of the most notable architects in America. The Historic district, established in 2009, has fifty-six contributing buildings, including a school, a church, a parsonage and thirty-seven dwellings, as well as carriage houses, garages and World War I memorial plaques. As a whole, the district possesses excellent historical integrity.

Welcome to the Olcott Historic District Walking Tour. The tour covers a distance of approximately 1.6 miles. The tour starts at the Bernardsville United Methodist Church on Wesley and Church Streets, where parking is available nearby, and ends at the Olcott Building. Please refer to the attached map.

Click Here to Download the Tour