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Upcoming Events

Get Ready For Fall Adventures in History!


September Opportunities

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

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!."  And IT'S FREE!  Stop by and say Hello!

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

Sunday, September 23   A nature and historical walk through the preserved land behind the Van Veghten House where Mad Anthony Wayne's Pennsylvania Continental Army troops camped for a brief time during the Middlebrook encampment.  Tour guides: Tom Kubrak and Paul  Kazalski.  Meet in the parking lot at  2 PM 

As the Society  is once again hosting a private Chapter meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution the same day, parking may be tight.

NEW     At 3 PM the Descendants of Revolutionary War Patriot Garrett Probasco, several chapters of the NJ Society  Daughters of the American Revolution invite you to witness the placing of a Special Memorial Marker at the North Branch Reformed Church Cemetery, 240 Vanderveer Avenue, North Branch, NJ.  Rain or Shine.

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 ADDMISSION!  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 in October!

October 13- 14 County sponsored Weekend Journey to the Past event.  Van Veghten will be open Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4.

Sunday, October 21 at 2 PM guest speaker and Society member Patricia Beronio will share her research about Manville Mayor George Papawick, her father!

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.

Like to solve mysteries?  Help us research  several Civil War Veterans buried in the Danberry Family Cemetery in Montgomery Twsp.  If interested, call the house for one of the names., see whatyou can find, and rwrite a brief summaryof your findings to share with the Society via our newsletter.

Like to sew?  Help us complete costumes for our docents to wear.   We nhave the pattern nd several vests ready to be sown.

Make a gift in kind .  They are tax deductible!

We love gifts in kind!  For example, we need 2 dressmaker forms or manikins to 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.