The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with thirty local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated the weekend of October 10 & 11, 2015
"Weekend Journey through the Past." During this two-day period, thirty (30) of the County's significant historic sites will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 12:00 AM to
4:00 PM on Sunday. This year’s event will feature four (4) “first time” participating sites: The Hageman Farm in Somerset (Franklin Twp); the Texier House Museum in Watchung;
Blawenburg Reformed Church in Blawenburg (Montgomery Twp.); and the Dr. J. Vermeule House in Green Brook.
After a short hiatus, we also welcome back the Amy Garrett House in Rocky Hill; the Bedensville Schoolhouse in Skillman (Montgomery Twp.); The Brick Academy in Basking Ridge; and the Robert Mansion in Somerville. This year’s event also boasts five (5) early schoolhouses, of particular interest to educators and their students.
Participating historic sites have been grouped into three convenient tours by location: Northern, Central, and Southern Somerset County. A scenic route plan with driving directions has been prepared for each of the three tours (see updated tours & map 1st week of September 2015) Admission to all sites is free.
For those who enjoy a challenge, a fun and educational detective investigation activity, What in the World is That? created for kids & the entire family, will test your powers of deduction to solve 30 mysteries complementing the various special exhibits, programs, and tours planned at each historic site. This featured activity encourages a multi-generational outing for parents and grandparents alike, sharing stories and experiences about “the old days” with their children and grandchildren as they enjoy traveling from one historic site to the next. One unique item from the past will be displayed and identified, along with its description, at each of the 30 participating historic sites during this year’s weekend event.
This annual event is a perfect opportunity for a family outing. A visit to the County's historic sites offers a unique educational experience for all ages, as well as a chance to visit some of Somerset County's most picturesque and unspoiled areas.
Many of the sites have significant Revolutionary War histories which have contributed to the area's designation as the "Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area". Local historians will be on hand to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County's history.