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.
Local residents worked to create a coloring book for kids to raise awareness of history in the Somerset Hills. The book was released in 2017 and contains over 36 images and stories of history and local lore from the area. It's called the Somerset Hills History Coloring Book.
For details on location visit The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
- McDonalds/Klines Mill, Klines Mill Road
- Jacobus Vanderveer House
- Lamington Historic District
- Pluckemin Village Historic District
- Pottersville Village Historic District
- Pluckemin Continental Artillery Cantonment Site, America's First Military Academy
- Basking Ridge Train Station, Depot Pl
- 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)
Federal, state and county representation
The Somerset Hills Region is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.
New Jersey's Eleventh Congressional District is represented by Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, who is not seeking re-election in 2018. New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 16th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher Bateman (R, Branchburg) and in the General Assembly by Andrew Zwicker (D, South Brunswick) and Roy Freiman (D, Hillsborough Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
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 2018[update], Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione (R, Bridgewater Township, term as freeholder and as freeholder director ends December 31, 2018), Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine (R, Franklin Township, term as freeholder ends 2020; term as freeholder deputy director ends 2018), Mark Caliguire (R, Skillman in Montgomery Township, 2018), Brian G. Gallagher (R, Somerville, 2020) and Patricia L. Walsh (R, Green Brook Township, 2019). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Steve Peter (D, Somerville, 2022), Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (R, Raritan, 2019) and Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2020).
- About Cory Booker, United States Senate. Accessed January 26, 2015. "He now owns a home and lives in Newark's Central Ward community."
- Biography of Bob Menendez, United States Senate, January 26, 2015. "He currently lives in Paramus and has two children, Alicia and Robert."
- Senators of the 114th Congress from New Jersey. United States Senate. Accessed January 26, 2015. "Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ) Class II; Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ) Class I"
- Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2018.
- District 16 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2018.
- Governor Phil Murphy, State of New Jersey. Accessed January 16, 2018.
- Lieutenant Governor Oliver, State of New Jersey. Accessed January 16, 2018. "Assemblywoman Oliver has resided in the City of East Orange for over 40 years."
- Elected Officials, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Patrick Scaglione, Director, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Brian D. Levine, Freeholder Deputy Director, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Mark Caliguire, Freeholder, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Brian G. Gallagher, Freeholder, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Patricia L. Walsh, Freeholder, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Steve Peter, County Clerk, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Frank J. Provenzano, Sr., Sheriff, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Frank Bruno, Surrogate, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 24, 2018.
- Bernardsville official web site
- Bernards Township official web site
- Borough of Peapack Gladstone
- Somerset Hills History Coloring Book for kids
- The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills
- Bernards Township School District's 2015–16 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