National Register Listings in
Somerset County, New Jersey

Alward Farmhouse Baker-Dauderstadt Farm Basking Ridge Classical School Bedens Brook Bridge Bedens Brook Road Bridge Bernardsville Station Blawenburg Historic District Boudinot-Southard Farmstead Bound Brook Station Bridgepoint Historic District Brook Theater, The Cat Tail Brook Bridge Coffee House Craig, Moses, Limekilns East Millstone Historic District Elmendorf House Far Hills Station Franklin Corners Historic District Frelinghuysen, Gen. John, House Gladstone Station Griggstown Historic District Gulick, Dirck, House Higginsville Road Bridges Huff House and Farmstead Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead Kingston Village Historic District Kirch-Ford House Lamington Historic District Liberty Corner Historic District Linn, Alexander and James, Homestead Lyons Station Lyons Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District Maplewood Meadows, The Middlebush Village Historic District Millstone Historic District Millstone Valley Agricultural District Mount Bethel Baptist Meetinghouse Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Neshanic Historic District Neshanic Mills Neshanic Station Historic District North Branch Historic District Olcott Avenue Histrict District Old Dutch Parsonage Old Stone Arch Bridge Parker, John, Tavern Pluckemin Village Historic District Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge Raritan Bridge Raritan Station Reformed Dutch Church of Blawenburg Relief Home Company No. 2 Engine House Reynolds-Scherman House River Road Historic Rural District Robert, Daniel, House Rock Brook Bridge Rockingham Rocky Hill Historic District Six Mile Run Historic District Six Mile Run Reformed Church Smalley-Wormser House Smith, J. Harper, Mansion Somerset Courthouse Green South Branch Historic District South Branch Schoolhouse St. Bernard's Church and Parish House St. John's Church Complex Staats House Stirling, Lord, Manor Site Ten Eyck, Andrew, House Tulipwood Vail-Trust House Van Der Veer-Harris House Van Horne House Van Veghten House Vanderveer, Jacobus, House VanDerventer-Brunson House Vermeule, Dr. John, House Vosseller's-Castner's-Allen's Tavern Wallace House Washington Park Historic District West End Hose Company Number 3
The Hindenburg disaster, one of the most famous airship accidents in history, occurred in New Jersey in 1937. The German airship caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst.
Somerset County, located in the central part of New Jersey, has a rich history dating back hundreds of years. It was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Lenape and Raritan peoples. European settlers began to arrive in the region in the 17th century, with the area being formally settled in 1681.

During the American Revolutionary War, Somerset County played a significant role. It was the site of several important battles, including the Battle of Bound Brook in 1777. The county was also home to key figures in the war, such as General William Alexander, known as Lord Stirling, who had a large estate in Basking Ridge.

In the 19th century, Somerset County saw the growth of agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation. The construction of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in the 1830s brought economic development to the region, providing a vital transportation route for goods. The county's fertile land also made it an important agricultural center, with farms producing crops such as wheat, corn, and potatoes.

In the 20th century, Somerset County experienced rapid suburbanization and population growth. The development of transportation infrastructure, including highways and railways, made it increasingly accessible to neighboring urban areas like New York City. This, along with the county's attractive rural scenery and proximity to jobs, led to a surge in residential development. Today, Somerset County remains a thriving suburban community with a strong economy, diverse population, and a mix of urban and rural areas.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Somerset County, New Jersey.

  • 1645 - Somerset County, NJ is originally settled by the Dutch.
  • 1686 - Somerset becomes one of four original counties in East Jersey.
  • 1722 - The county is divided into two townships, Piscataway and Hillsborough.
  • 1742 - Somerset County is officially established by an act of the Provincial Congress.
  • 1759 - The county seat is established in Millstone (now known as Somerville).
  • 1801 - Somerset County is divided into four townships: Bridgewater, Bernardston, Franklin, and Hillsborough.
  • 1838 - The county seat is moved from Millstone to Somerville.
  • 1868 - The Delaware and Raritan Canal is completed, bringing economic growth to Somerset County.
  • 1899 - Somerset County's first public high school, Somerville High School, opens.
  • 1931 - The Somerset County Park Commission is established, preserving and maintaining parks and recreational facilities.
  • 1950s-1970s - Population in Somerset County rapidly increases due to suburbanization.
  • 2000 - Somerset County celebrates its 250th anniversary.