Your Source for Local History & Family Heritage in Somerset County 

Your Source for Local History & Family Heritage in Somerset County 

Happy New Year!

Upcomng Events

Lot of good things being planned for this year!  But it all starts with membership!   If you haven't yet, please go to the Membership page to join online or print your application and send via U.S. mail.

Many thanks to those who have done so already.

Sunday, February 17, Five Generals Bus Tour.  Get tickets at Heritage Trail website.  Van Veghten house will be open from 10:30 to 4:30 or so, depending on when the last bus leaves.

Tuesdays February 19 and 26 open house from 12-3 PM

Sunday, March 3 at 2 PM join us for our first History Talk of the year.  Cindy Newsome will be sharing the history of Bridgewater's black enclave, once known as Somerville Manor.  The residents recently persuaded the township government to rename the area Hobbstown.  Come and learn the little known story of his remarkable community.  Ms Newsome won a Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Award for her book in 2006!

The l;ocation is new!  We are meeting at The Bradley Garden Community Church on Old Yorke Road in Bridgewater.  Doors open at 1:30.    Light refreshments will be served.  

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 10 Walking Tour at 2PM.

Sunday, March 17 Society Board Meeting at 2 PM.

Sunday, March 31, Sons of the American Revolution  meeting at 1:30 pm.


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

Make History.  Be a part of a 125 + year old group and

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.  Lots of info on the folk in the Society.


We have a long wish list of things we'd like to get done.  You can help in a mighty way. 

Donate your time, talent and money!

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 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.