Somerset County's
Journey Through The Past

Make a vibrant connection to history at Somerset County’s 15th annual Journey through the Past!

This October, Somerset County invites you to…
Visit select historic sites in person on Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 11, 2020 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

If it is permissible and safe to do so, several Somerset County historic sites will be open free to the public on Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.This year’s event features three new sites: The St. Andrew Cemetery and Fisher Family Cemetery on the grounds of the Ukrainian History and Education Center, and the Van Duyn-Van Wickle House in Somerset. The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission asks that all visitors, and all participating historic sites and their attendant organizations comply with the current State and County health, safety and social distancing protocols during this event.

New this year is a series of virtual experiences that can be accessed online. Please visit as you plan your trip and before you travel for the most up to date information and to access virtual material.

Kenned Martin Stelle Farmstead, Basking Ridge

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!

Relief Hose Company No. 2 Engine House, Raritan

Somerset County's 2020 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 and Somerset County Tourism, and made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey Historical Commission. For more details about this event, visit the website.

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

  • Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
  • F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre\n36 Madison Avenue, Madison 07940, 973/408-3807

  • Canal Days at Bird's Lock
  • Among the shreds of Morris Canal that have somehow avoided destruction is a quarter-mile watered stretch that leads to Lock 2 East in Wharton's Hugh Force Park.

    , Wharton

  • The Seeing Eye
  • For the formative steps in a guide dog's youth, The Seeing Eye relies on a network of Puppy Raisers throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania who participate in a program that began in 1942 as a joint effort with 4-H Youth Development.

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  • Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve
  • Paths of green, fields of gold!

    2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster


This story was first published: Autumn, 2008