The Somerset Hills is a region in the northern portion of Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, almost entirely north of Interstate 78. It comprises Bernards Township (Basking Ridge, Lyons, and Liberty Corner), Bernardsville, Bedminster Township, Far Hills, and Peapack-Gladstone. Based on the United States Census, 2000 data, population was as follows: Peapack-Gladstone 2,433 (6%), Bernardsville 7,345 (17%), Bernards Township 24,575 (56%), Bedminster Township 8,302 (19%) and Far Hills 857 (2%), for a total of 43,512.
During the decades following the Civil War, the United States experienced tremendous economic growth and the concomitant accumulation of enormous wealth by a select, but growing and increasingly interrelated, group of industrialists and ﬁnanciers who were determined to join the ranks of the established upper class. To assimilate themselves into society, these new plutocrats lavishly spent their newfound wealth to acquire all of the physical manifestations of the aristocratic life, including large country houses in one or more of the country’s exclusive residential “colonies,” such the Somerset Hills of New Jersey. These great country estates were intended to be examples of conspicuous consumption and the pursuit of leisure and a blatant statement of the owner’s social standing.(Jack Turpin)
For Details on Location try The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills website
- McDonalds/Klines Mill, Klines Mill Road
- Jacobus Vanderveer House, US Route 202/206
- Lamington Historic District
- Pluckemin Historic District
- Pottersville Village Historic District
- The Pluckemin Artillery Encampment America's First Military Academy
- Basking Ridge Train Station, Depot Pl
- The Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street
- Alward Farmhouse, 40 Mount Airy Rd
- Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6 West Oak St
- Coffee House, 214 North Maple Avenue
- Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, 450 King George Rd
- Lord Stirling Manor Site, 96 Lord Stirling Road
- Lyons Train Station, Cross Road
- Franklin Corners Historic District
- Samuel Johnson House
- Van Dorn's Mill
- Franklin Corner School
- Liberty Corner Historic District (E)
- Bernardsville Train Station, US Route 202 (10)
- John Parker Tavern, 2 Morristown Road (11)
- Reynolds Scherman House, 71 Hardscrabble Rd (12)
- Morristown National Historical Park, NJ Brigade (F)
- Olcott Avenue Historic District, above Olcott Center
Far Hills Borough
- Far Hills Train Station, US Route 202 (21)
- Alexander and James Linn Homestead, Minebrook Rd (22)
- Gladstone Train Station, Main Street (38)
Federal, state and county representation
The Somerset Hills Region is in the Eleventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, Harding Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg) and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).
The 16th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher Bateman (R, Somerville) and in the General Assembly by Jack Ciattarelli (R, Hillsborough Township) and Donna Simon (R, Readington Township).  Peter J. Biondi won re-election to an eighth term in the Assembly but died days after the November 2011 election. Simon was selected as his replacement by a Republican Party convention of district delegates and was sworn in on January 30, 2012. The remaining year on his seat will be filled in a November 2012 special election. The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2013[update], Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer (R, Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2014), Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione (R, Bridgewater Township, 2015). Mark Caliguire (R, Skillman in Montgomery Township, 2015), Patricia L. Walsh (R, Green Brook Township, 2013), and Robert Zaborowski (R, Somerset in Franklin Township, 2014), Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Brett A. Radi (R, Somerville, 2017), Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (R, Raritan, 2013) and Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2015).
- Directory of Representatives: New Jersey, United States House of Representatives. Accessed January 5, 2012.
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- via Associated Press. "Booker is officially a U.S. senator after being sworn in", NJ.com, October 31, 2013. Accessed October 31, 2013. "Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in as a Democratic senator from New Jersey today, taking the oath of office, exchanging hugs with Vice President Joe Biden and acknowledging the applause of friends and family members seated in the visitor's gallery that rings the chamber.... Booker, 44, was elected to fill out the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year."
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- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed May 24, 2012.
- Megerian, Chris. "Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi (R-Somerset), dies at 69, days after re-election", The Star-Ledger, November 10, 2011. Accessed January 11, 2012. "Assemblyman Peter Biondi, who on Tuesday was elected to his eighth term in the state Legislature representing the 16th District covering parts of Somerset and Morris Counties, died tonight after a battle with cancer, the Assembly Republican office said."
- Wright, Terry. "Donna Simon of Readington is sworn in to State Assembly seat that Pete Biondi had held", Hunterdon County Democrat, January 31, 2012. Accessed May 24, 2012.
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- Somerset County Government: At Your Service, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Peter S. Palmer, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Patrick Scaglione, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013. A term-end year of 2012 is listed as of date accessed.
- Mark Caliguire, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013. A term-end year of 2012 is listed as of date accessed.
- Patricia Walsh, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Robert Zaborowski, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Wichert, Bill. "Somerset Freeholders name Peter Palmer as director, Patrick Scaglione as deputy director ", The Star-Ledger, January 4, 2013. Accessed January 10, 2013. "Joined by family, friends and elected officials at the state and local levels, the county freeholders tapped Palmer to serve as director in 2013 and named Patrick Scaglione as deputy director. Scaglione and Freeholder Mark Caliguire, both Republicans, also were sworn in today to new three-year terms."
- Biography: Somerset County Clerk Brett A. Radi, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, Somerset County Sheriff's Office. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Sheriff, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Somerset County Surrogate, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed January 10, 2013.
- Bernardsville official web site
- Bernards Township official web site
- Borough of Peapack Gladstone
- The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
- Bernards Township School District's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- National Center for Education Statistics data for the Bernards Township School District
- New Jersey Country Homes - The Somerset Hills Vol.1 and Vol.2.
- Top 10 Historic Businesses in the Somerset Hills