Somerset County, NJ Historic Sites
George Washington slept here. Really! Somerset County has long been a draw for noteworthy people, places and events. Come bear witness to its historic sites, homes and museums, spanning eras that include colonial times, the American Revolution and beyond.
The Abraham Staats House is an exceptional example of 18th- and early 19th-century Dutch and Federal architecture. The Dutch section, constructed circa 1740, has Dutch-style cast-iron hinges, board-and-batten doors, Dutch mantels and woodwork and exposed beams. The Federal section has an intact door surround with delicate leaded glass and original Federal mantel. The house was the headquarters for General BaronRead More
Brook Arts Center, one of only eight surviving vaudeville houses and dating back to 1927, offers live performances and silent movies, hosts educational and fundraising events, and serves as an arts incubator.Read More
Over 300 years of sacrifices, challenges and pivotal moments have transpired right in our own backyard. Our goal is to offer area residents and visitors alike an opportunity to learn about the rich history of greater Somerset County while celebrating our unique place in our nation’s history. The Heritage Trail Association helps to connect the past to the present day.Read More
The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum is the site of America’s First Military Training Academy, The Pluckemin Cantonment. The Jacobus Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox (Washington’s Chief of Artillery during the Revolutionary War and the country’s first Secretary of War) during the winter of 1778-79, when the Continental Army artillery was located in the village ofRead More
Located in the narrow Millstone River Valley in north central New Jersey, the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway offers you a glimpse into the past where well-preserved pieces of the canal era, the revolutionary war era, and early Dutch and American heritage live on. In addition to the major Revolutionary War troop movements and military campaigns that took place along theRead More
Natirar is a 411-acre property located in the scenic hills of Somerset County. The property is rich in culture and history, featuring historic farm buildings and various other residential structures and outbuildings dating from the mid-18th through mid-19th centuries. Natirar’s extensive areas of lawn and woodland, river access and scenic views are just part of its beauty. The North BranchRead More