Historic Sites

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.

 

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Far Hills Train Station

Far Hills Train Station
U.S. Route 202
Far Hills, NJ 07931

   This Renaissance Revival-style structure, with a central eyelid dormer and Spanish-tile hipped roof, was constructed in 1914. The walls are made of poured concrete. The walls and chimneys have green glazed tile plaques that match the roof tile. The ticket counter and water fountain are made of marble, while the waiting room has a terrazzo floor with a tile Learn More …

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Firehouse Museum of Somerville

16 Anderson Street
Raritan, NJ 08869

This High Victorian Gothic-style firehouse was completed in 1894. Its most distinctive features include a three-story hose tower, delicate stained-glass windows, Art Nouveau signage and sandstone trim. The building demonstrates the high level of craftsmanship that could be achieved by local architects and builders in Somerset County during the late 19th century. The structure is owned by the Borough of Learn More …

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Fleetwood Museum of Art & Photographica

614 Greenbrook Road
North Plainfield, NJ 07063
908-756-7810

   The Museum is housed in the Vermeule Community Center, an early 19th century mansion located on a beautiful eight-acre Green Acres tract.  The museum contains over 800 cameras, illustrating the 150 year evolution of camera design, and examples of many of the photographic processes which evolved during that period. The mission of the museum is to preserve and display these Learn More …

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Franklin Inn (Van Liew House)

Franklin Inn (Van Liew House)
2371 Amwell Road
Somerset, NJ 08875
732-828-7418

   The Franklin Inn was constructed by Cornelius Van Liew in 1752 as a Dutch farmhouse.  During the American Revolution it is reputed to have served as the headquarters for British General Cornwallis while his troops camped nearby. In 1829 the house was converted to a tavern in preparation for the opening of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in 1834. Learn More …

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General John Frelinghuysen House

General John Frelinghuysen House
54 East Somerset Street
Raritan, NJ 08869
908-725-0413

   The General John Frelinghuysen House was the homestead of the Frelinghuysen family,  significant in New Jersey history. General John Frelinghuysen was an attorney who served as a Brigadier General during the War of 1812 and was later the Surrogate of Somerset County. The main part of the house was originally constructed as a one-and-a-half story brick structure in 1750, Learn More …

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Gladstone Train Station

Gladstone Train Station
Main Street
Peapack & Gladstone, NJ 07934

   A fine example of the Queen Anne style, this station was constructed in 1890.  Owned by NJ Transit, the station is a one-and-a-half-story structure with a hipped roof and flared eaves. The dormers, with square-pane windows and cylindrical-corner projections, are of particular interest. The interior walls and ceilings are sheathed with match boards. Scenes for the Helen Keller Story were filmed Learn More …

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