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.
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. Learn More …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 of Learn More …Read More
The Pluckemin School is a two story brick and frame former school that was constructed in 1912. Previously the Township’s municipal building, it is now the headquarters of the Somerset Art Association, with frequent art exhibits in its Johnson Art Gallery.Read More
Rockingham was the headquarters of General Washington for three months in 1783 while he attended sessions of the Continental Congress in Princeton. Washington wrote his “Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States” from this house. John Harrison, the owner of a gristmill, constructed the earliest section of the house between 1702 and 1710. Later additions were made in Learn More …Read More
This Georgian Revival mansion, constructed in 1919, was built for Thomas Frothingham and later sold to John Sloan, a prominent furniture retailer. It was designed by John Russell Pope, a leading designer of country houses for wealthy patrons early in the 20th century. He was later known for his monumental architecture in Washington, D.C., including the Jefferson Memorial. The mansion Learn More …Read More
The Van Horne House probably dates back to the late 18th century. Known as "Phil’s Hill," the home was named after Phillip Van Horne, a Bridgewater merchant, and was extensively remodeled in the middle decades of the 19th and 20th centuries. It was the site of numerous important events during the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Bound Brook. The home was used Learn More …Read More