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Lots of good things 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.

Our Third History TAlk - Sunday, May 5, at Van Veghten House with  Ms Rikki Lyn Hauss sharing about Doris Duke and  the controversy over the demolition of her estate house.  The event is also a book release for the second edition of The Duchess  of South  Somerville.  We expect an overflow crowd and suggest you call to reserve a seat at 732-425-2751.   Doors open at 1:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

April 28, 2 PM, Spring Walking Tour in wetlands mitigation area.  Meet at the House.  Mud footwear suggested.

Private Event:  May  18 , Noon,  Society Board of Trustees Meeting


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 ResourcesJim: If you'd like to make an appointment for a day the  Van Veghten House is not usually open, please call our Trustee, Marion Meyers after dark (She has a farm) on 908-722-7122. She suggests Friday is better for her than Sunday. She'd be able to have the house open after 10 am. I'll try to come the same day. Olinda

      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 2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Great stuff happened in 2018 here at the Van Veghten House National Historic Site and the Somerset County Historical Society.  There is much to be proud of.  Thanks for your interest and support. 

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

 • Helped a member’s grandson create a video tape of the interior of the house as the beginning of a virtual tour.  This will allow visitors with physical disabilities to view the upper level and museum rooms, which have the physical barrier of stairs.

  • Helped the Society increase visibility and grow the community of history lovers, by participating in the county- wide Five Generals Tour, 4H Fair, and Weekend Journey Through the Past. Manned a table at the Tricounty History Fair held at Plainfield’s Library.  Set up a table and displays at Martinsville Community Fall Festival, Bridgewater Tree4All event, and Lord Stirling Weekend in Baskingridge.  Created our first annual Hungry for Heritage picnic and Pop Up Museum at the house.

 • Expanded offerings at the gift shop store by adding handmade mop caps, counted cross stitch book marks and 3 recent publications by county residents to the items we sell/promote.  These include Mrs. Patricia Beronio’s book about her father, Mayor of Manville, George Papawick (which won an award from the County Cultural Affairs); and Mr. Mark Greico’s publication expanding on the details of the Inian Tract (the first real estate development effort by Mrs. Carteret) along the current Easton Ave.

 • Partnered with The Heritage Trail to reproduce the original Middlebush Encampment Eagle’s Nest booklet for a planned 2019 seminar. 

 • Held 5 free public History Talk lectures and hosted two walking tours in the Wetlands Mitigation Project on the flood plain of the Raritan River in front of the house.

 • Welcomed family genealogical researchers from as far away as California and Texas to the Van Horne library!

 • Approved the establishment of a standing Americans With Disability Act (ADA) Committee,  named a chairperson and approved a  Policy Statement, Grievance Process and Long Term Plan.

  • Gratefully accepted a donation of 7 indentures and a map relating to land in Somerset County in the early 1700’s  and helped coordinate funding for their conservation.  Original 18th century handwritten documents!  What a wonderful addition to the history of the County!

 • Supplied the matching funds so the Society would qualify for an Operating  Grant from Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.


Make History! Get involved

Be a part of a dynamic, 


125 + year old band of history lovers of all ages.

Redefinng what an Historical Society in the 21st century can be.

Stay Active!


Come out to vist or to attend  one of our programs  The house  is open every Tuesday  and the 2nd Saturday of each month from 12-3 pm.  Special arrangements  can also be made. 

Keep Learning!

Subscribe to our email list and keep up to date.

Check out our Facebook page.  Lots of info on the folk in the Society. 

Come to one of our History Talk programs

Make a Difference!

Use Your Skills and Talents for a purpose.  We have a long wish list of things we'd like to get done.  You can help in a mighty way..  Like to solve puzzles or mysteries?  Help us research the untold stories of Somerset County.  Handy around the house?  The Van Veghten house is almost 300 yars od and needs constant loving care. Like to cook?  We need refreshments at events.  Get involved and find your niche.

Find New Friends!

There's a lot of chatter and laughter at the house, not to mention some pretty good coffee.  Pretty soon you'll have a lot of new "old friends".


Time, talent, treaures or money.  All are welcome!

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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.



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