Authors of Somerville History Book Win Preservation Award


SOMERVILLE, NJ - The authors of “Somerville Through Time,” a then-and-now book of historic and present-day photographs of historic Somerville, are the winners in the Publications category in the 19th Historic Preservation & History Awards presented by the county Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Linda and Robert Barth of Somerville and James Sommerville III of Bridgewater will receive the award during a reception on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at the historic Brook Theatre, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook.

Also to be honored in the Publications category are Raritan residents Marie Lombardy and Keith James of the Raritan Historical and Cultural Committee for their books, “A Historical Walking Tour from Old York Road to the Riverfront” and “A Historical Walking Tour of Raritan’s Somerset Street.”

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The public is invited to attend the reception. Freeholder Director Patricia L. Walsh will present the awards and local historian and educator Linda Barth will introduce a new video titled “The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway,” produced by the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition. 

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission biennial awards program was established to increase public awareness of historic preservation, and to recognize and publicly commend individuals and organizations for their contributions in preserving the county’s history.

Other honorees include:

Historic Preservation:  SAVE, A Friend of Homeless Animals in Skillman for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Van Zandt House in Montgomery Township.

History Leadership and Education: The Watchung Historical Committee for its efforts to convert the former Watchung Police Department Headquarters to the Texier House Museum, as well as preparation of numerous historic exhibits and displays for the museum.  Also, Christopher Solan of Bridgewater for his Eagle Scout project, which placed roadside signage in Bridgewater Township along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.
Education: The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House for their hands-on Archaeology Camp for children.

For more information, contact Historic Sites Coordinator Thomas D’Amico at 908-231-7106 or



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