We can help with local research, genealogy, archives, programs and networking.
Open House Hours with special conditions.
Made possible with funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission,
a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission.
With your support of time, talent and treasure you join a dynamic group of history lovers united to celebrate and preserve the fascinating story of life in Somerset County then and now!
March 25, 2021 The Somerset County Historical Society (SCHS), and its partner Somerset County, are proud to announce that the Howe Farmstead in Franklin Township will undergo extensive restoration and historical preservation work to restore this farmhouse and surrounding property to its past glory. More on Howe Tab
Sunday, April 18 Walking Tour of Wetlands Mitigation Project. Meet at Van Veghten at 2 PM. Mud gear recommended.
Saturday, April 24 SAR Meeting 1:30 pm (PRIVATE EVENT)
Research on Other dates by appointment only
Sunday, April 18, 10 AM - 3PM
Please review the following special restrictions.
For Research By Appointment Only. Please call or send an email request at least 3 weeks in advance to schedule. (This is because the house is only open one day a week and we need time to get your request and followup with you.)
- For research we will assign a research assistant who will pre-screen the people who wish to come in order to determine the information they are looking for. They will then preselect materials that may meet those needs, and shepherd materials while you are in the house. You may be asked to wear gloves when handling materials. Please expect to present information about your needs at the time the appointment is verified. The length of time for an appointment may vary based on the number of requests received for a specific day.
For Tours for small groups in order to maintain social distancing. All guests will have their temperature checked by a non–touch thermometer. If there is a fever, there will be no access. Bring your own mask.
- Because of occupancy guidelines by the federal and state authorities, occupants will wear masks and maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing in the house. To facilitate this we are limiting occupancy in each room.
- Visitors are urged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering. Supplies will be available in the entrance hall.
- There will be no eating in the building.
- When climbing the stairs to the upper level, you are asked to take a sanitary wipe to use as you clutch the banister. Waste baskets and wipes will be available at the top and bottom of the stair.
- We will be cleaning the washrooms & entry doors after every visitor or as needed. (We will be cleaning the entire floor and all touch surfaces as part of our closing process.)
- Guests are requested not to touch displays.
Founded in 1882, the Somerset County Historical Society is dedicated to finding, saving and sharing the history of Somerset County, New Jersey
We accomplish this in a variety of ways including:
OUR 2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Despite the Great Pandemic Shutdown, great stuff happened at the Somerset County Historical Society and Van Veghten National Historic Site in 2020. Thank you for your interest and support.
Following is a sampling of how members and friends helped when they donated: