Programs & Events

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills presents a variety of programs throughout the year, providing many opportunities to learn more about the history of our community.

Check out our Upcoming Programs & Events, or look back through time to see what you missed!

Upcoming Programs

The Real Housewives of New Jersey:  Early American Women & Their Kitchen Gardens

September 22, 2024
Brick Academy, 15 W. Oak St., Basking Ridge, NJAdmission: $15 cash at door. Kitchen gardens in the 1700s fed, healed, and clothed Early American families.  The 18th century “huswife” skill set included “physicke,’ cookery, distillation perfumery, the making of wool, hemp flax, dayries, brewing, baking,” and, of course – gardening.  Growi... Learn more

Upcoming Events

1770s Festival

October 6, 2024
THHSH is again participating in the 1770s Festival hosted by the Somerset County Park Commission.  This year’s event will be held Sunday October 6, 2024, 11:30am to 4pm at Lord Stirling Park off Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.   This family-friendly event features reenactors and demonstrations of colonial arts and crafts. Note: This event is... Learn more

Past Programs

Early American Schoolhouse

December 6, 2023
This Fall, Somerset Hills elementary grade students are immersed in our Early American Schoolhouse program, discovering what it was like to attend a typical one-room schoolhouse in the mid-1800s.  Young students role play by arriving at the Brick Academy with such ‘school supplies’ as water buckets, fire logs for the potbelly stove, study books, and... Learn more

The Gilded Frame

May 10, 2023
On Wednesday, May 10, at 7:00 pm at the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) will host a book reading and signing by Peter Gilbertson, the author of The Gilded Frame, the recently published “mystery in history” set in the Somerset Hills of 110 years ago. Copies of... Learn more

Meet a Black Revolutionary War Soldier
at the Brick Academy

April 23, 2023
On Sunday, April 23, Meet a Black Revolutionary War Soldier at the Brick Academy.  You will meet Ned Hector, who was a teamster (wagon driver) and artillerist for Proctor’s 3rd  Pa Artillery in the Battle of Brandywine and Germantown.  His reenactor, Noah Lewis, brings to life the struggles and bravery of African American soldiers fighting... Learn more

Past Events

Architecture of the Gilded Age Signature Event

May 19, 2024
Location: Blairsden, 30 Blair Drive, Peapack, NJFee: $125 / SOLD OUT Architecture of the Gilded Age – A Signature Event to benefit The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Guests will step into the grandeur of Blairsden, a breathtaking example of Beaux-Arts architecture that will transport them to a bygone era of elegance and opulence.... Learn more

Charter Day 2024 Street Fair

May 18, 2024
Rain or Shine Saturday, May 18, 2024 History, Rides, Games, Food, Entertainment, Street Acts Join The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) as we help celebrate Charter Day, Saturday May 18, 2024, in downtown Basking Ridge. Charter Day is coordinated by the Bernards Township Department of Parks & Recreation and is an annual event,... Learn more

Afternoon Tea Signature Event

April 14, 2024
Location: “Little Thoresby” – Bernardsville, NJ Fee: $100 – SOLD OUT Guests will experience a delightful traditional Afternoon Tea in the beautiful gardens and manicured lawns of Little Thoresby. This charming historic home, built in 1929 by Ellen Low Pierrepont Moffat and named after Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire, England, is a true gem. With its... Learn more