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.
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 inRead 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 mansionRead 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 usedRead More
The Wallace House is an eight room Dutch framed Georgian dwelling constructed in 1776 by John Wallace, a Philadelphia fabric merchant. The recently restored house maintains its 18th century appearance. It was General Washington’s headquarters from December 1778 to June 1779, when the Continental Army was stationed at Middlebrook. It was there that Washington planned the strategic Sullivan Campaign, whichRead More
Washington Rock was originally purchased in 1913 in commemoration of historical events of 1777. One of the oldest state parks in New Jersey, Washington Rock is situated on top of Watchung Mountain in Green Brook Township. The park is a popular site for picnicking and relaxing, and is best known for its scenic vista and historical significance. Washington Rock’s strategic location and panoramic 30Read More
An outstanding and rare example of an American field fortification, the American Redoubt is typical of the earthworks that were erected by both sides in the area during the war. It is one of the few remaining intact and unaltered Revolutionary War redoubts left in the United States. This particular earthwork was constructed in June 1777 to protect the right flankRead More