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AGRICULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Peruse fresh fruits and vegetables, pick beautiful flowers and plants, or enjoy hay rides, cornfield mazes and more at one of Somerset County’s agricultural attractions. “Pick-Your-Own” farms include Dutch Hollow Farm Stand, Grape Expectations, Hillsboro Farm, Ripple Hill Farm, Sunhaven Farms and Suydam Farms, while “Choose-and-Cut” Tree Farms located in the county include Bunker Hill Tree Farm, Dower Tree Farm, McLaughlin Tree Farm, Shadow Hill Farm and Wolgast Tree Farm. And perfect for the kids, Doyle’s Unami Farm in Hillsborough offers a variety of entertaining agricultural activities.

THE ARTISTIC SIDE

Excellent venues for arts and entertainment dot the map of Somerset County, offering an abundance of educational programming, artistic exhibitions and a full schedule featuring a variety of performances. The Brook Arts Center, Montgomery Center for the Arts, Watchung Art Center and Vermeule Art Center are great options, as are the facilities located at Raritan Valley Community College and Somerset County Technical Institute.

If live theatrical performances are of interest, make sure to check out the Somerset Valley Playhouse, Trilogy Repertory Company, the Villagers Theatre, Pied Piper Theater and Tragoedia Theatre. Belle Meade Ballet Company offers exceptional semi-professional dance performances in the county, while musical organizations are in abundance in Somerset County. The Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Orchestra, Raritan Valley Choral Society, Raritan Valley Symphonic Band, Eastern Conservatory of Music and Arts, Ridge Light Opera and Somerset Valley Orchestra round out the listing.

And thanks to such great organizations as the Raritan Valley Art Association, the NJ Printmaking Council, the Somerset Art Association and a number of local arts committees, the artistic community of Somerset County is alive and well-supported.

HISTORIC SOMERSET COUNTY

Somerset County has devoted itself to protecting its rich culture and heritage. And with a history that dates back to the 1600s, there is much to see! The American Revolution has its prominence here, as General George Washington and his troops stayed in New Jersey for quite some time—longer than any other colony. The county has preserved two headquarters of General Washington, as well as the homes of four generals under his command. On top of this, the county is teeming with historic bridges, train stations, houses, districts, museums and a variety of structures that re-tell the history of this vibrant area.

INTERESTING MUSEUMS AND UNIQUE FACILITIES

The Brick Academy, also known as the original Basking Ridge Classical School, has been the site of a variety of uses since its establishment in the mid-1700s. It is now utilized as the headquarters of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. The first floor houses exhibits and items of local history, with the lower floor utilized as a Research Room. The third floor of the structure is being restored to interpret a circa 1900 classroom with exhibits highlighting local education. Another unique museum here is the Fleetwood Museum of Art & Photographica, a site where visitors can learn about the evolution of camera design. The museum features a collection of more than 800 cameras from Benjamin Fleetwood, plus a number of oil paintings from his late wife, Matilda Fleetwood. Also, don’t miss the Old Millstone Forge Blacksmith Shop and Museum in Millstone, which offers a glimpse into the industrial life of the area through the preservation of an original blacksmith shop and related historical items.

In addition to these interesting museums, children and adults take advantage of the unique experiences afforded through The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College. Laser concerts, star shows, presentations just for kids and a variety of special events can all be found here.

SPORTS-RELATED ENTERTAINMENT

Baseball fans enjoy the competitive play of the Somerset Patriots minor league baseball team. The Patriots play at the modern 6,100-seat Commerce Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. The team is continually ranked among the best, holding the distinction of being the only three-time champions in the history of the Atlantic League—winning in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Equestrian enthusiasts are welcome to visit the U.S. Equestrian Team Olympic Training Center & Headquarters in Gladstone, while golfers relish in the USGA Golf House and Museum in Far Hills, which houses the world’s largest collection of golf-related items and memorabilia.

LODGING

After a long day of sightseeing, visitors can rest assured that they will find the perfect place to stay the night. Quaint bed and breakfasts, budget-friendly hotels and motels, and luxurious suites can all be found throughout the area, all dedicated to make sure your stay is just like the comforts of home.

For a complete listing of attractions and lodging sites in Somerset County, visit the Somerset County Business Partnership’s website at www.VisitSomersetNJ.org.

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