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.
Built circa 1834 when the D&R Canal was constructed, this structure housed the bridgetender and his family. In the early days of the Canal there were drawbridges which had to be raised in order to allow the mules and boats to pass along the canal. The Griggstown Bridgetender’s House is a good example of a three bay center hallRead More
The Griggstown School House was constructed circa 1830 in the Gothic Revival style. This one-room schoolhouse has board and batten siding with pedimented window heads and Greek Revival moldings. It was originally located along Canal Road; it was moved to a site behind the Griggstown Reformed Church in 1854 and moved again in 1960 when the Church built a newRead More
The Victorian Italianate house on the Hageman farm was built circa 1861 by Benjamin A. Hageman. The horse barn is unique two-story wagon building which was constructed by Garretson Hageman in 1876. It is a blend of Dutch and English framing with Victorian details. The dairy barn is a century gabled roof structure also constructed in 1876. The siteRead More
The Hendrick Fisher House, built c. 1688 for William Dockwra, is believed to be the oldest historic structure in Somerset County. The house was owned by Hendrick Fisher (originally Visscher), a Revolutionary firebrand and farmer whose resistance to the British during the six years the Revolution was fought in New Jersey, contributed to the patriots’ ultimate victory. In the earlyRead More
The Hibernia Mine Railroad Bridge, constructed in 1879, is a pin-connected Pratt through-truss bridge with wrought iron Phoenix columns. It is the oldest surviving metal truss bridge in Somerset County, the second oldest Phoenix column bridge in the state and the only one built as a railroad bridge. It was built by Clark, Reeves and Company as a rail-carrying bridge,Read More
The Higginsville Road Bridges are two pin-connected, Pratt through-truss metal road bridges. The northerly bridge, which is bisected by the county line, was constructed in 1890 by the Miliken Brothers of New York. There are few documented examples of Miliken Brothers bridges, which increases its significance. The southerly bridge, entirely in Somerset County, was constructed in 1893 by theRead More