News of THSSH’s involvement in the Somerset Hills.

The latest activity of THSSH and local historians in supporting history and historical thinking in the Somerset Hills.

Current News

Architecture of the Gilded Age

May 30, 2024
The history of Blairsden mansion came alive on Sunday, May 19. Jesse Watters ; Sue Zibelli, THSSH Chair; Emma Watters of Bernardsville; and Olga Christie of Far Hills Anthony Melillo, owner of Blairsden, hosted this signature event to benefit The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. A presentation given by author Phillip James Dodd, a... Learn more

New Bernardsville History Posted

May 28, 2024
Bernardsville Centennial 2024 has posted three segments of Exploring Bernardsville’s Origins, Peter Palmer’s new history of Bernardsville at:  Palmer is a former mayor of Bernardsville and former Somerset County Freeholder.  New segments are expected to be posted monthly.... Learn more

Film Screening: Under the Great Oak

April 25, 2024
A film directed by Basking Ridge resident Michael Reynolds. Presented by the Friends of the Bernards Township Library Under the Great Oak is a documentary about America’s oldest white oak tree, the community that grew up under it, and the hard work of saying goodbye to a symbol of home. Screening followed by a Q&A... Learn more

Past News

Freemason Secrets

March 21, 2024
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) and Congdon-Overlook Lodge in Bernardsville hosted a fascinating program called Freemason Secrets on Thursday evening.  Speaker Erich Morgan Huhn walked the audience through the mythology and history of the Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons, a fraternal organization with origins in 17th century Scotland... Learn more

New Article on Blairsden

March 6, 2024
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) announces the online publication of Blairsden and the Blair Family by W. Barry Thomson.   The article is a major new history of the Blair family and their country home in Peapack-Gladstone.  The article includes many historic photographs showing family members and the building and design of the... Learn more