Open House Hours are suspended until further notice.

Your Source for Local & Family History Research in Somerset County, NJ

Your Source for Local & Family History Research in Somerset County, NJ

Your Source for Local & Family History Research in Somerset County, NJ Your Source for Local & Family History Research in Somerset County, NJ Your Source for Local & Family History Research in Somerset County, NJ


Open House Hours are Currently Suspended  and the March 28th Program at Manville Public Library is postponed to a later date

EVENTS cancelled

Our Saturday, March 28th 'Doris Duke' program at Manville Public Library with local author  Rikki Lyn 

Hauss-McCarthy is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.    

WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT THE DANCE LIKE GEORGE DID EVENT PLANNED FOR JUNE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  REGISTERED ATTENDEES WILL BE CONTACTED SHORTLY ABOUT REFUNDS.

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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:


  •  Foster a growing local community of history lovers of all ages


  •   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 



OUR 2019 ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Great stuff happened in 2019 here at the Somerset County Historical Society and Van Veghten National Historic Site.

Thank you for your interest and support. 


Following is a sampling of how members and friends helped when they donated: 


  • Participated in the countywide Five Generals Tour, 4-H Fair,  Weekend Journey Through the Past,  TriCounty History Fair (at Plainfield Public Library), Martinsville Community Fall Festival,  and the Manville Community Day.
  • Partnered with The Heritage Trail  to conduct the third symposium about the 1778-79 Middlebrook Encampment.
  • Held 5 public History Talk lectures; hosted 5 walking tours in the Wetlands Mitigation Project on the flood plain of the Raritan River in front of the house; and  held our 2nd Annual Hungry for Heritage picnic and Pop Up Museum in August.
  • Welcomed family genealogical researchers from as far away as South Carolina and Florida to the Van Horn library.
  •  Received the second phase of funding from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey to conserve the remaining two 18th century manuscripts and one map which were donated to the Society in 2015.
  • Raised matching funds so the Society qualified for an Operating  Grant from Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

 

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals 

and fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Come and visit us . Finding the house is part of the adventure!

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 email address is info@somersethistorynj.org

Somerset County Historical Society

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

(908) 218-1281

Hours

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


Tuesdays: 11 am to 3 pm.

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

Other hours by appointment.

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