Your Source for Local History & Family Heritage in Somerset County 

Upcoming Events

Get Ready For Fall Adventures in History!


September Opportunities

Tuesdays, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25  regular open house hours at Van Veghten House from 12-3 PM.

Saturday, September 8, regular open house hours at Van Veghten House  from 12-3 PM.  


Consider visiting the Staats House in South Bound Brook,  which is open from 10-12.   They are planning a program called Songs of the Revolution.  Check their site for details.

Sunday, September 9, 2 PM, Private Meeting.  Society Board of Trustees meeting at the house.

Saturday, Sept 22, from 11-3 PM come and visit the Society table  at The Martinsville Community Center's Fall Festival.  Organizer Jane Gandolfe says "It's fun for all ages!."  

We could use a couple more volunteers to man the table.  All you need is a smile and a gift for small talk.  Call the house if you are interested.

Sunday, September 23 the Society  will once again host a private meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Saturday, September 29th the Society will once again be at the TriCounty  History Fair held in the Plainfield Public Library's basement (around the fountain.)   FREE aADDMISSIO  N!There will be a guest speaker.  And all attendees get a chance for the raffle prizes!  

We need volunteers to help man the table for an hour or so.   Call the house if you are interested.

The same day Bound Brook Theater is sponsoring a Film and Theater Festival from 12-8.  Check their site for details.

Coming Soon!

October 13- 14 County sponsored Weekend Journey to the Past event.  Watch for published details.

Our Mission

Founded in 1882, the Somerset County Historical Society is dedicated to discovering, procuring and preserving the history of Somerset County, New Jersey.

We accomplish this in a variety of  ways including:

     Maintain and preserve the Van Veghten House, a National and State Historic Site

Collect and maintain an Archives  of manuscripts, photographs and 

ephemera related to Somerset County History

Collect and maintain a Library of State & Local History Books and Genealogical Resources

Conduct and assist public with genealogical and local history research

Maintain Museum of early hand tools and Native American stone tools

Communicate through Quarterly Electronic Newsletter, Facebook and Website

 Issue Publications of local interest

Present authors and speakers 

Foster a growing local community of history lovers of all ages

Get involved

Visit during our weekly open house.  (Every Tuesday 12-3 and Second Saturday of each month)

Come to one of our programs.

Tell your family and friends about us.  Better yet, bring them for a visit.

Subscribe to our email list and keep up to date.

Check out our Facebook page.  We get personal there.  Lots of info on the folk in the Society.


We have a long wish list of things we'd like to get done.  

Here are a few:

Like to meet people?  Join other members for a few hours as Society representatives at local historical events.  

Two events in September where we will set up a table with publications are coming up and we need help.

Can you lay carpet?  Help us lay carpet in the back entrance hall. We have the carpet tiles, but don't have the knives necessary to cut them or the expertise.

  Like to mow?  We could use someone else to help with yard work.

Know calligraphy or have a nice "hand"?  Help us create labels for the artifacts on display.

Make a gift in kind .  

We love gifts in kind!  For example, we are looking for 2 dressmaker forms or manikins so we can set up a display of period costumes.

Make a monetary donation.

Somerset County Historical Society is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.   We are not part of the County government structure.  

Only your support and contributions enable us to meet our goals and fulfill our mission.   

Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.  

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Come visit us in Somerset County

Come learn more about historic Somerset County and your family history at our research library and archives. 

To  send us an email click on the "Email Us" button below. Our new email address is

Somerset County Historical Society

9 Van Veghten Drive Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807, United States

(908) 218-1281


Our research library and museum are open to the public at the following times:

Tuesdays: 12 pm to 3 pm.

2nd Saturday of each month: 12 pm to 3 pm. 

Other hours by appointment.