The historic photos of Somerville Through Time
provide a glimpse into the life of the village and the
people of a century ago and through comparison with
modern views, show the growth of the borough.
George Washington lived in Somerville for six
months during the Middlebrook Cantonment of the
American Revolution. At the turn of the last century,
Somerville, the county seat, was a very contemporary
town. Main Street was an avenue of commerce, lined
with stores, services, and entertainment.
In 1900 the town boasted three newspapers, a major
shopping district, and lots of entertainment. People
traveled from neighboring towns on the trolleys, and
train service linked Somerville to New York, Trenton,
Philadelphia, and more distant points. The municipality
was part of Bridgewater Township until 1909, when
Somerville became an independent borough. The town
celebrated its Centennial in 2009.
National Register sites in the borough include the
Somerset County Court House; the colonial Wallace
House; the Old Dutch Parsonage; St. John's Episcopal
Church and rectory; and the Exempt Firemen’s
Museum. Other register-eligible structures are the
Victorian train station and the Daniel Robert Mansion,
now the borough hall.
James L. Sommerville III
Robert H. Barth
Linda J. Barth