The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in conjunction with local historical organizations
and tourism partners, has designated the weekend of October 11 & 12, 2014
"Weekend Journey through the Past." During this two-day period,
twenty-six (26) of the County's significant historic sites will be
open from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday and 12:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday. This year’s
event will feature three (3) “first time” participating sites (Duke Farms Coach
Barn, Somerville Fire Museum & Nevius Street Bridge), in
addition to the return of the popular Boudinot Southard Ross
Property which had been on hiatus for a few years.
The 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 tours & maps after 8/31/14.) 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 26 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 featured, displayed and identified, along with its description, at each of the 26 participating historic sites during this 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 and 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.