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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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


March 26, 2023
On Sunday, March 26, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills will host a brunch event at the Grain House restaurant at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge featuring a presentation by Marta McDowell, the noted author and teacher about gardens, landscape history, and horticulture. Marta’s illustrated presentation will focus on her book, “All... Learn more

Past Events

Hauntings in the Hills

October 13, 2023

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

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

October 1, 2023
Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge, NJ 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. The event promotes historical and environmental education by familiarizing people with the rich local history of Basking... Learn more