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

Upcoming Events

Freemason Secrets

March 21, 2024
Location:  Congdon-Overlook Lodge, 11 Morristown Road, Bernardsville, NJFee: $10 (To be collected at the door)Snow Date: March 28 Freemasons are one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world, a group that began during the Middle Ages in Europe as a guild of skilled builders who later spread out worldwide.  The fraternal order has more... Learn more

Afternoon Tea Signature Event

April 14, 2024
Location: “Little Thorseby” – Bernardsville, NJ Fee: $100 Join us for a delightful experience of 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 unique... Learn more

Charter Day Historic Street Fair & Festival

May 18, 2024
Rain or Shine Saturday, May 18, 2024 Shows, Rides, Games, Food, Entertainment, Street Acts Celebrate the rich history of Bernards Township with The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH). Make your own history with us by bringing your camera, or smartphone, and post pictures of your Charter Day activities on our Instagram page. Visitors... 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

Revolutionary Spies

February 22, 2024
Location: Brick Academy, 15 W. Oak St., Basking Ridge. Snow Date: February 29 Intelligence gathering, secret agents and misinformation – not the first things that come to mind when we think of the American Revolution.  However, as we will learn, some of the most interesting and essential characters of the Revolution were the spies, including... Learn more

Members’ Holiday Party 2023

December 7, 2023
On Thursday, December 7, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) hosted its annual Holiday Party for members.  This year the party took place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge.  Decorations included a Christmas tree decorated with White House ornaments, one issued each year since 1981.   After a reading of The Night... Learn more

Somerset County’s Weekend Journey through the Past

October 7, 2023
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