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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Griggstown Bridgetender’s House

Griggstown Bridgetender's House
2 Griggstown Causeway
Franklin Township, NJ 08808

   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 hall Learn More …

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Griggstown School House

Griggstown School House
1065 Canal Road
Griggstown, NJ 08540
908-359-3589

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 new Learn More …

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Hageman House & Farm

Hageman House & Farm
209 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
732-828-7418

   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 site Learn More …

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Hendrick Fisher House

Hendrick Fisher House
1960 Easton Avenue
Franklin Township, NJ 08875
732-356-0090

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 early Learn More …

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Hibernia Mine Rail Road Bridge Pedestrian Path

Hibernia Mine Rail Road Bridge Pedestrian Path
Pedestrian Bridge Over the Raritan Power Canal
Raritan, NJ 08869

  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 Learn More …

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Higginsville Road Bridges

Higginsville Road Bridges
Higginsville Road over the South Branch of the Raritan River
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

   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 the Learn More …

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