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 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
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 Learn More …Read More
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 Learn More …Read 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 flank Learn More …Read More
The Andrew Ten Eyck House is an important example of the township’s early domestic architecture. The original brick portion of the house was constructed in the early 19th century, while the frame rear portion was added in the early 20th century. Early interior fabric still remaining includes door and window surrounds, door panels and fireplace mantels in the Federal Learn More …Read More
The Bedens Brook Road Bridge, maintained by Somerset County, is a single-arch, random-rubble stone structure built across a tributary of Bedens Brook. Its construction date is unknown but it is thought to have been constructed in the latter part of the 19th century. The bridge is remarkably intact, retaining its stonework, arch, wing walls and parapets (the low walls along Learn More …Read More