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Historic Sites

horizontal rule Bernards Township Historic Sites

Historic Sites Listed on the State and
National Registers of Historic Places

 

Alward Farm House

(Chimney Ash Farm)
1 Chimney Ash Farm Road
Basking Ridge, NJ  07920

Colonial era farmhouse represents the simple and primitive lifestyle of early settlers.  Built c.1740, it is one of the first structures in Bernards Township.  Entered in State and National Registers, 1986.


Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church

1 E. Oak Street
Basking Ridge, NJ  07920
908-766-1616

Greek Revival style church built in 1839.  A stately white oak tree over 600 years old stands in the churchyard where 35 Revolutionary War veterans are buried.  Sanctuary, church yard and tree on State and National Registers, 1974.

Coffee House

(Turner Homestead)
214 N. Maple Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ  07920

Built in 1804, the house is an example of a New Jersey frame farmhouse which later served as a crossroads tavern, meeting place and stage coach route.  Entered in State and National Registers, 1977.

Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead

King George Road
Basking Ridge, NJ  07920

Built between 1750 and 1840, the Farmstead and three historic agricultural structures are part of Old Farmstead Park, a 36.5 acre property along the Passaic River.  The Farmstead's buildings are early examples of English and modified Dutch framing.  The Farmstead is site of a classical school founded by the Rev. Samuel Kennedy; later relocated several times and finally housed in the Brick Academy.  The 1740 home was also residence of founding father of State of NJ, Col. Ephraim Martin.  Later home of prominent Stelle landowners.  Property in agricultural use for more than 250 years.  Other buildings include large English barn and wagon barn.  State Register 2002; National Register 2003.


Lord Stirling Manor Site

96 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ  07920
908-766-2489

Two brick buildings are all that remain of the Lord Stirling/William Alexander estate.  Research has established these were auxiliary buildings related to farm life (granary, farm office, perhaps used by domestic servants). Archeological digs are ongoing on site which is owned by the Somerset County Park Commission.  Entered on State Register, 1976; National Register, 1977.


The Brick Academy

15 W. Oak Street
Basking Ridge, NJ  07920

Originally built to house the Basking Ridge Classical School in 1809.  This is the oldest existing Federal style building in Bernards Township; it was Public School District #12 from 1852-1903; it then was a union hall and served as the municipal building 1924-1975.  It is the present home of The Historical Society of Somerset Hills.