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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

Early American Schoolhouse

October 17, 2022
Somerset Hills elementary grade students will be 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 writing... Learn more

Upcoming Events

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

October 2, 2022
It’s The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival Colonial history lives at the Somerset County Park Commission’s annual 1770s Festival when Lord Stirling’s grand manor house and estate come to life in Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades and a Revolutionary War military detachment camp on the former estate lawns and... Learn more

Somerset County’s Weekend Journey Through the Past

October 8, 2022
Want something fun to do with friends or family? Why not explore some of the most historic properties across Somerset County for FREE! Yes, 29 local historic minded organizations are participating this year and three historical properties are located right here in the Somerset Hills!... Learn more

How The Somerset Hills Became The Somerset Hills

November 6, 2022
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is pleased to announce that on Sunday, November 6, from 2 to 5 pm, we will be sponsoring a fund-raising presentation and reception in the historic stone carriage barn and stable on the Upton Pyne estate in Bernardsville.  One of our trustees, local and architectural historian W. Barry Thomson, who was... Learn more

Past Programs


April 3, 2022
GEORGE B. POST’S GROTESQUES We invite you to the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge, NJ to watch a documentary film about George B. Post’s grotesques on display in the Brick Academy Museum. Produced and presented by architectural historian W. Barry Thomson, followed by a discussion of the many terra cotta grotesques that were incorporated into... Learn more

Book Talk & Signing – The story of Kate Macy Ladd

March 6, 2022
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills invites you to attend Finding Kate: The Unlikely Journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd at the Brick Academy, 15 W Oak St, Basking Ridge, NJ. Author Meryl Carmel will bring to life the inspiring story of Kate Macy Ladd,... Learn more

Kids Craft – Tree Lighting

December 7, 2019
We regret having to cancel this event and hope to bring it back next year. Bring your kids to the Brick Academy BEFORE the Basking Ridge Tree Lighting. The Brick Academy is located just off the town green at 15 W. Oak Street. The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) offers this program free... Learn more

Past Events

Walk in the Historic Footsteps of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Soldiers!

September 24, 2022

Join Historical Society members for a 1.4-mile hike (60 minutes round trip) to the site of the New Jersey Brigade Encampment. There, interpretative signs explain the remains of the soldiers’ huts and the conditions the American army faced during the hard winter of 1779-80. Trail head parking is available at Morristown National Historical Park located on Jockey Hollow Road (off Hardscrabble Road) in Bernardsville.

Note, the trail is forested and steep in several places. Hikers are advised to wear appropriate shoes.

Sponsored courtesy of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

Email [email protected] to reserve a spot or ask questions.

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Test Post Signature Event

August 21, 2021

Membership Gathering

March 25, 2020
POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBD Current members welcome.  Interested in becoming a member?  Please join us!... Learn more


November 6, 2022
at Upton Pyne Estate, Bernardsville
"How The Somerset Hills Became The Somerset Hills"