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History in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

cropped-T3C_Idea_ExchangeMany people have asked why post all this history stuff on the area you’re calling the Somerset Hills. Well, call it passion. Call it intrigue. Call it local awareness. I think that the main reason is whenever I asked a question about history in the area, the information wasn’t available. I didn’t want to wait to go to the library, and I didn’t have time to go to the local historical societies. But I moved to the area and said, “If I’m gonna be a local, I need to learn something about the history”.

In today’s era of “give it to me now”, we’ve become a bit spoiled regarding information. We want it fast and we want it now. So here it is… my masterpiece.

Why Somerset Hills?

The Somerset Hills is a New Jersey area in Somerset County including the towns of Bedminster, Basking Ridge/Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, and Peapack/Gladstone. Wow that’s a mouthful. In an effort to open up history of this area on the internet, we’ve partnered with a number of non-profit historical societies and local historical efforts to assist their transition to the internet. But as it took a long time to create history, it’s going to take a while to bend some minds and get some to understand that the internet is just a different way to communicate information.

So here’s this blog. Our attempt to post of few items, and see what you’ve got to say. We’d love to hear your thoughts. There’s a good attempt at a Historical Mapping Mashup.

An overview and press release can be found at

Identified Locations:

  • Alward Homestead / Alward Farmhouse ,
  • Bedminster Hotel / Howard Hotel / Willie’s Tavern,
  • Boudinot-Southard-Ross Property,
  • Coffee House – 1804 House (Private),
  • Dr. Henry and Phoebe Vanderveer House,
  • Essex Hunt Club – Private,
  • Far Hills Race Meeting Site,
  • Gladstone Train Station,
  • Historic District – Basking Ridge,Historic District – Franklin Corners,Historic District – Lamington, Historic District – Liberty Corner,Historic District – Pluckemin,Historic District – Pottersville,
  • Jacobus Vanderveer House (Public),
  • Jockey Hollow – Morristown Ntl Historic Park,
  • John Jacob Astor Estate (Public),
  • Lamington Black Cemetery,
  • Lord Stirling Manor,
  • Lore – Devils Tomb,Lore – Jacobs Ladder,
  • Lore – Phareloch Haunted Castle (Private),
  • Lore – The Devil Tree,
  • Lore – Vealtown Tavern,
  • Mansion – Blairsden (Private),
  • Mansion – Boulderwood (Private),
  • Mansion – Craigmore (Private),
  • Mansion – Hamilton Farm (Public/Private),
  • Mansion – Mosey/Hillandale Estate – (Private),
  • Mansion – Natirar Estate – Kate Macy Ladd,
  • Mansion – Peachcroft (Private),
  • Mansion – Shale House (Private),
  • Mansion – Stronghold (Private),
  • Mansion – The Maples,
  • Mansion – Trump / Delorean Estate,
  • Mansion – Upton Pyne (Private),
  • Mansion – USGA Museum – Frothingham Estate,Mansion – Kenilwood (Private),Mansion – Yademos (Private),
  • McDonald’s/Kline’s Mills (Private),
  • Mellick – This Old Farm,
  • Peapack Limestone Kiln,
  • Pluckemin Artillery Encampment (Private),
  • Reynolds – Scherman House (Private),
  • The Brick Academy,
  • Widow Whites Tavern Site.

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