Somerset County's
Weekend Journey Through The Past

Make a vibrant connection to history at Somerset County’s 14th annual Weekend Journey through the Past!

Visit 30 significant historic sites, all open to the public, free of charge. All participating sites are open on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

• Explore Somerset County’s quaint villages, picturesque farmsteads, lively towns and unspoiled natural areas.

• Witness what life was like 50... 100... or even 200 years ago, from daily work responsibilities and pleasant pastimes to hardships and challenges.

• Discover our many and varied individual Revolutionary War histories—major contributions to the County’s designation as a Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area.

• Learn about former Somerset County residents: celebrities, politicians, artists, military heroes and ordinary people who made a difference.

Participating sites are grouped into three convenient tours by location: Northern, Central, and Southern Somerset County, with many connected by scenic routes colored by prime fall foliage. Drive through the Watchung Mountains, an area that was never heavily industrialized, and which still retains much of its Colonial agrarian character. Sites in the central section lie a short distance from the Old York Road, a prominent commercial course from New York to Philadelphia, predating the Revolutionary War. In the southern tier, several sites are connected by some of Somerset's most scenic roads, paralleling both sides of the Millstone River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal. This year’s event features three new sites: The Center for Contemporary Art at Pluckemin School in Bedminster, The Hageman Farm in Somerset, and The Harlingen Church Parsonage in Montgomery.

Somerset County History Trading Cards!

Somerset County is pleased to offer Weekend Journey visitors a series of free commemorative history trading cards—a fun way for everyone to learn about the people and events that shaped life in Somerset County, the state of New Jersey, and the United States of America. Each card features a notable person, place, event, or theme taken from four centuries of Somerset County’s rich history and deals out unique facts, activities … and even a few mysteries to solve! Ask for trading cards when visiting the participating historic sites across the county—most sites offer at least one card. Collect, trade… and play! John Basilone for Millicent Fenwick? Visit our website and click Trading Cards to access more fun stuff!

2019 Weekend Journey Through The Past Participating Historic Sites

North County Tour

  • 1. Boudinot Southard Ross Estate, Basking Ridge
  • 2. Brick Academy, Basking Ridge
  • 3. Jacobus Vanderveer House, Bedminster
  • 4. Kennedy Martin Stelle House, Basking Ridge
  • 5. Kirch-Ford-Terrill House, Warren
  • 6. Mount Bethel Baptist Meeting House, Warren
  • 7. NEW! Pluckemin School House also known as The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster
  • 8. Texier House Museum, Watchung
  • 9. USGA Museum, Liberty Corner
  • 10. Vermeule Mansion also known as Van Derventer Brunson House, North Plainfield
  • 11. Washington Rock, Green Brook
Kennedy-Martin_Stelle Farmstead in Bashing Ridge

Central County Tour

  • 1. Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook
  • 2. Andrew Ten Eyck House, Branchburg
  • 3. Daniel Robert House also known as Somerville Borough Hall, Somerville
  • 4. General John Frelinghuysen Home, also known as Raritan Public Library, Raritan
  • 5. Old Presbyterian Graveyard, Bound Brook
  • 6. Phillip Van Horne House, Bridgewater
  • 7. Presbyterian Church of Bound Brook, Bound Brook
  • 8. Relief Hose No. 2, Engine House, Raritan
  • 9. Somerville Exempt Fire Museum, Somerville
  • 10. South Branch Schoolhouse, Branchburg
  • 11. Van Veghten House, Bridgewater
  • 12. Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, Somerville
Relief Hose Company No. 2 Engine House, Raritan

South County Tour

  • 1. Blawenburg Reformed Church, Blawenburg
  • 2. Griggstown Bridgetender's House, Franklin Township
  • 3. Hageman Farm, Somerset
  • 4. NEW! Harlingen Church Parsonage, Belle Mead
  • 5. Harlingen Reformed Church, Belle Mead
  • 6. Historic 1860 School House also known as Borough of Millstone, Millstone Borough
  • 7. Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, Skillman

Somerset County's Weekend Journey Through the Past is an initiative of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Cultural & Heritage Commission in partnership with local history organizations, artists and Somerset County Tourism. Hours for Weekend Journey are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Admission and parking at each site are free. For more details about this event, visit the website.

Some of the Arts enhancements for Somerset County’s Weekend Journey Through the Past are made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Duke Farms
  • View historic buildings, elegant bridges, a chain of beautiful man-made lakes, lush meadows, woodlands. waterfalls and ornamental fountains at the historic estate.

    80 Route 206, Hillsborough 08876, 908/722-3700

  • Millstone Scenic Byway
  • , Millstone

  • Canal Days at Bird's Lock
  • , Wharton

  • Jacobus Vanderveer House
  • The Jacobus Vanderveer house is the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin encampment.

    1 River Rd W, Bedminster 07921, 908/212-7000 x611

  • Glenwild Garden Center
  • Family-operated since 1928, the nursery offers quality trees & shrubs, organic vegetable and herb plants, native plants, unique perennials and a wide range of natural and organic gardening products as well as locally-sourced items in the gift shop.

    104 Glenwild Avenue, Bloomingdale 07403, 973/838-0174


This story was first published: Autumn, 2008