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

Your Source for Local History & Family Heritage in Somerset County 

Upcoming Events

World Premier of the 35 minute film Farming in the Millsone Valley: Past & Present

June 12, 2018

7:30 PM

At the Princeton Garden Theatre

160 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ


A 300 Year History culminating in Local Farm-to-Table Movement  


Panel discussion by several leaders of the local farm-to-table movement.

Script by SCHS's member Jessie Havens

Tckets are available in advance at http://princetongardentheatre.org/films/farming-in-the-millstone-valley  or at the door

The film made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the
State/County History Partnership Program Grant, administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission

June 14, 2018

History Connection at Patriot’s Ball Park  BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Baseball fans will be transported to 18th century New Jersey on Thursday June 14 as Crossroads of the American Revolution and the Somerset Patriots celebrate Revolutionary Spirit night against the York Revolution at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater. Attendees at the 7:05 p.m. game will be welcomed to step into the past with hands-on demonstrations and conversations with costumed reenactors representing New Jersey historic sites and interpreter groups in Somerset, Morris, Union and Monmouth Counties.

 Fans will be immersed in the Revolutionary era as they approach the ballpark, greeted by encampments of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment and the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution, and a patrol of the 17th Regiment of Infantry. The first 500 children through the turnstiles will receive a small 13-star flag from a reenactor portraying U.S. flag designer Francis Hopkinson. Throughout the game, George Washington, Ben Franklin and Somerville’s official town crier, Lazarus Turner, will meet and greet fans on the ball park's concourse. The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks will perform authentic 18th century tunes, plus, be on the lookout for surprise performances from reenactors and actors from the Heritage Trail Association and Middlebrook Theatrical Society!  

Watch and try out Colonial-era crafts and trades, including: • Early American medicine and surgical practices, with Doug Aumack • Spinning and weaving with the Monmouth County Historical Association • Mock hearth cooking with NJ History Alive • Sample Colonial-era ice cream made on location by Susan McLellan Plaisted. • Quill pen instructions and a chance to sign a large-scale Declaration of Independence, with the Jacobus Vanderveer House. • Colonial kids games with the Liberty Hall Museum. • Kids’ giveaways from the Heritage Trail Association. • Artifacts from East Jersey Old Town Village • 18th century games with Morristown National Historical Park and the Washington Association of NJ • New Jersey State Society of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, dressed in 18th century clothing. 

Tickets for the game are available from the Somerset Patriots at www.somersetpatriots.com, or by calling (908) 252-0700.

June 16, 2018

Keeping the Spirit of the American Revolution Alive

11 AM, Saturday Ceremony to commemorate the rediscovery and dedicate Washington's Rock at Middlebrook.

At Eagle's Nest Museum

791 Miller Lane in Martinsville, NJ

12 PM, Lecture by Speaker-Author Robert A Mayers 

"Washington Rock at Middlebrook" about the history of the Rock and it's Rediscovery


light  refreshments will be served

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 Historic Site

Collect and Maintain an archive of ephemera related to Somerset County History

Collect and Maintain a Library of Historic Texts and Genealogical Resources

Conduct and Assist public with genealogical research

Maintain Museum of early hand tools and Native American stone tools

Communicate through Quarterly Electronic Newsletter, Facebook and Websites

 Issue Publications of local interest

Present authors and speakers 

Foster a growing local community of history lovers of all ages

Make A 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 info@somersethistorynj.org

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.