the Heritage Trail
Discover Somerset County's past!
300 years of sacrifices, challenges and pivotal
moments have transpired right in our own backyard. Our
goal is to offer area residents and visitors alike an
opportunity to learn about the rich history of greater
Somerset County while celebrating our unique place in
our nation's history. The Heritage Trail Association
helps to connect the past to the present day.
We do this
by offering a series of programs such as narated bus tours,lectures by world class authors and speakers, interactive guided tours, scout tours and more.In addition, the Van Horne house is available
for rent to the public and businesses for special events such
as weddings, parties and meetings.
here for more information on renting the Van Horne House for
your special occasion!
We started in 1993 with a two-hour bus tour called 60 Miles
of Legend and Lore and over the years, developed many
original bus and walking tours, such as Somerset Hills
Landed Gentry, Nostalgia & Post World War II Housing,
Famous Lovers & Murders, Visions and Inventions and
Fast forward to 2015. The Heritage Trail Association hosts world class historians and authors in our free speaker series and conducts historic bus tours in and occasionally out of Somerset County. Our partnership with the Middlebrook Theatrical Society (MTS), has brought the Van Horne House alive with exciting historic events that enlist the active participation of our guests! We believe that actively engaging our visitors creates strong memories that keep our rich history alive and well.
Somerset County’s Weekend Journey through the Past, held on the second weekend in October each year has served as a vehicle for MTS and HTA to bring history alive with your participation. Interactive guided tours will transport you back to 1775-1783 with live music, dancing and other period activities designed for the visitor who wants more than a view behind velvet ropes.
The Heritage Trail Association is waiting for you , your family or group to experience the Van Horne House and all we have to offer here in Somerset County, New Jersey, where all you have to do is close your eyes and ‘see’ the events of the Rev War as they occurred right in our own backyards…and existing period houses!
2002, the Heritage Trail Association moved its headquarters
location to the historic Van Horne House. Built in the
1750's, the Van Horne Home has seen the footpaths of the
Native Americans, the development of early colonial
settlements, the struggles of the American Revolution and the
rise of commerce and industry, making it a true window though
which to view Somerset County's history..
Trail Association is Sponsored by:
The Heritage Trail Association received an operating support grant
from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the
Department of State.