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By Ken Kaufman, October 11, 2015
Armed Forces Memorial Marker
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Armed Forces Memorial
On West End Avenue, in the median.
Dedicated in grateful and loving tribute to all who served in the armed forces of the United States to defend their ideals and paved the way to peace. — Map (db m89661) WM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Fireman's Museum
On N Doughty Ave near West Main Street.
Somerville relies upon volunteers to staff its Fire Department. The first volunteer fire company organized in 1835. Since then, three more companies have formed, all manned by volunteers. This building was constructed in 1888 for the West End . . . — Map (db m7315) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Former Public Library
The people's reading room and library was formally established in 1871. The library had several locations until George W. Post, architect of the New York Stock Exchange, designed this neoclassical building expressly for it. Later incorporated as . . . — Map (db m76365) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Former Second National Bank1 West Main St — 1914 —
On Main St at S. Bridge St. on Main St.
Banking has been conducted on this corner since c. 1857. This beaux arts building of terra cotta brick was designed by local architect Jay C. Van Nuys. It replaced a brick bank structure that was moved to 23 South Bridge Street — Map (db m63562) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Fourth New Jersey Infantry Appreciation to Somerville
To the citizens of Sommerville in appreciation of their hospitality in 1917 to the Fourth New Jersey Infantry. We also speak for those who sleep in France. Presented by the Fourth New Jersey Infantry Post Number Fifty One, . . . — Map (db m89660) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Furman Frederick Kugler
On West End Avenue at Mountain Avenue on West End Avenue.
This is the actual bicycle used by the late Furman Frederick Kugler of Somerville, New Jersey in winning the First and Second Tour of Somerville May 20, 1940 – May 30, 1941 Furman was victorious in over 200 races . . . — Map (db m7313) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Jersey Central Lines
On U.S. 206 north of Somerset Street, on the right when traveling north.
The Central Railroad of New Jersey mainline crossed here between 1852 to 1976. The CRRNJ was the primary artery of travel to western cities by immigrants entering the United States at Ellis Island and contributed to the suburbanization to northern . . . — Map (db m74326) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — National Guard Armory1910 - 1999
On Grove Street, on the left when traveling south.
Site of the National Guard Armory 1910 - 1999 Home of the 2nd National Guard Regiment Company M The armory also served as an important community and cultural center hosting graduations, dances, rallies, sporting, and other important . . . — Map (db m5220) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Ruth St. DenisModern Dance Pioneer
On 99 West Main Street.
Ruth St. Denis Modern dance Pioneer First performance Somerset Hall 1893 — Map (db m7312) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Site of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion ParsonageHome of Paul Robeson
On Cliff Street, on the right when traveling east.
On this site stood the St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Parsonage. From 1910 to 1925, it was the home of Paul Robeson, noted actor, singer, scholar, athlete and humanitarian. — Map (db m49969) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Somerset County 9/11 Memorial and Clock Tower
On East Main Street (New Jersey Route 28) at North Bridge Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street.
The Citizens of Somerset County dedicate this Memorial to the thousands of innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 and to the families that loved them. From this county, we remember and honor: Kermit Anderson Evan Jay Barton . . . — Map (db m5221) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Somerset County Court House Green
On East Main Street (New Jersey Route 28) 0 miles west of Grove Street, on the right when traveling west.
The Somerset County Court House, constructed in 1909, is a fine example of Beaux-Arts Classicism. It was designed by the firm of Gordon, Tracy and Swartwout. James Reilly Gordon was one of America’s greatest courthouse architects, who also designed . . . — Map (db m98263) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Somerset Hotel
On East Main Street at Grove Street on East Main Street.
Tunison's Tavern C.1748 was located here, making this the site of the oldest continuing business in Somerville. Some of George Washington's troops stayed at Tunison's during the 1778-79 Winter encampment. The tavern and the hotel that replaced it . . . — Map (db m76364) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Somerville Borough Hall
On West End Avenue.
Once the home of Daniel Robert, this castellated Gothic residence was constructed in 1888 and is a careful copy of a celebrated design by noted architect Alexander Jackson Davis. The building is the second on this site, preceded by a residence in . . . — Map (db m5348) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown
On E Main Street (New Jersey Route 28) at Grove Street, on the left when traveling east on E Main Street.
By this route Washington with his army retired after his victory at Princeton Jan. 1777. Erected by Gen. Frelinghuysen Chapter D.A.R. — Map (db m8899) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown
On Hamilton Street at E Main Street on Hamilton Street.
By this route Washington with his army retired after his victory at Princeton Jan. 1777. Erected by Gen. Frelinghuysen Chapter D.A.R. — Map (db m106208) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — World War I Memorial
On East High Street at Culver Street on East High Street.
Honor Roll In commemoration of those from Somerville New Jersey who served their country in the World War. 1917 - 1919. To the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life . . . — Map (db m76354) WM

New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — World War II Memorial
On Green Street at Bridge Street on Green Street.
Honoring the residents of the Borough of Somerville who served in the armed forces during World War II. This plaque is in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. 1941 - 1945. — Map (db m76356) WM

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