Somerset County's
Journey Through the Past

Make a vibrant connection to history at Somerset County’s 18th annual Journey Through the Past!

This October, Somerset County invites you to…
Visit select historic sites in person on Saturday, October 7, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, 2023 Noon – 4:00 p.m.—and virtually all month long at!
Explore the vast history of Somerset County through a variety of different experiences.
Learn what life was like 50… 100… or even 200 years ago.
Discover our individual Revolutionary War histories—major contributions to the County’s designation as a Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area.
... on YOUR Journey Through the Past!

Living History at the Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook

Several Somerset County historic sites will be open free to the public on Saturday, October 7, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please visit as you plan your trip and before you travel for the most up-to-date information.

Kenned Martin Stelle Farmstead, Basking Ridge

Somerset County History Trading Cards!

Somerset County is pleased to offer Journey Through the Past visitors 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. Ask for trading cards when visiting the participating historic sites across the county—most sites offer at least one card. Visit our website and click Trading Cards to access more fun stuff!

Relief Hose Company No. 2 Engine House, Raritan

Select sites will be open Saturday, October 7, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Admission at each participating site is free. Sites will be open according to County and State policies which are subject to change at any time. For the most up to date information about this event, visit

Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve

    Paths of green, fields of gold!

    2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster

  • Denville Detour: Jonathan’s Woods and More!

    Even today, if you needed a natural hideout—a really good one—Jonathan’s Woods could work.


  • Millstone Scenic Byway

    The Millstone Scenic Byway includes eight historic districts along the D&R Canal, an oasis of preserved land, outdoor recreation areas in southern Somerset County


  • Jacobus Vanderveer House

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

    3055 River Road, Bedminster

  • Whippany Railway Museum

    Dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of the railroads of New Jersey through the restoration, preservation, interpretation and operation of historic railroad equipment and artifacts, the museum is open Sundays, April thru October.

    1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany


This story was first published: Autumn, 2008