Somerville boasts three historic cemeteries.
Hamilton Street is the site of a small colonial era cemetery, the Tunison Family Burial Ground, where a number of Somerset County's first settlers are buried. It is maintained by Somerville Borough.
Old Raritan Cemetery
Old Raritan Cemetery, located on South Bridge Street, contains graves of prominent individuals in the town and county through the late 1800's. Veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and the Civil War are buried there, including an eyewitness to President Lincoln's assassination (John Suydam Knox) and Arabella W. Griffith Barlow, nurse and wife of General Barlow.
New Cemetery, located directly across the street, is a still active garden cemetery of mid-19th century design, but featuring funerary sculpture and local history from about 1860 through the present. The cemetery also incorporates the old local "colored" cemetery, where many African-American veterans of the Civil War, members of the first organized U.S. colored troops, are buried. Numerous state and county political figures are buried in the two cemeteries, Somerville’s own “political graveyard."
Inquiries regarding access to these cemeteries may be made by calling the Somerville Cemetery Association or emailing the Superintendent.
Paul Robeson Boulevard
Paul Robeson Boulevard is a locally-designated historic street associated with the boyhood years of one of America's most controversial labor and civil rights activists of the 1950s. Along this block-long street of vintage turn-of-the 20th century homes can be found:
- St Thomas AME Church, one of the original African-American Christian Churches in this county
- An Underground Railroad site
- Where Robeson's father, a former slave, preached in the early 20th century
A bronze plaque on the wall of Somerville Middle School Gym near the corner of Cliff Street marks the site of Robeson's home, the original AME parsonage.
Further up the block, Somerville Board of Education Headquarters occupies Somerville's first high-school building. Robeson graduated from this school in 1915, one of the few integrated high schools in the state at that time. For more information on Paul Robeson in Somerville, contact the St. Thomas AME Church Historical Society.
There are a number of other interesting places to see and visit near Somerville. Visit Somerset County Tourism for more information.
10 minute drive
- Chimney Rock Park, Bridgewater
- Van Veghten House, headquarters of Somerset County Historical Society and Library, Bridgewater (a great source of genealogical information and local history)
- Duke Farms Estate, Hillsborough just south of Somerville
- Ralph T. Reeve Cultural Center & NJ Printmaking Council
- Branchburg Van Der Groot Rose and Scent Garden & Arboretum at Colonial Park, East Millstone
- Millstone’s River Road Historic District
30 minute drive
- Brick Academy, Bernards Township
- 1860 House, Montgomery
- Lord Stirling Manor Site & County Environmental Education Center, Bernards Township
- Mule-Tenders Barracks, Delaware Raritan Canal State Park, Griggstown
- Morristown National Park, Morristown
- Jacobus Vanderveer House, Pluckemin
- Historic Princeton and Princeton Battlefield
- Rockingham State Historic Site, Rocky Hill/Kingston
- US Golf Association Museum, Leonard J. Buck Gardens, Far Hills
- New Jersey Brigade Area and the Cross Estate, Morristown National Park, Bedminster
- The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Basking Ridge and vicinity overview
- The Raptor Trust, Basking Ridge
- Stoutsburg Sourland African American History Museum, Skillman
- Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, A New Jersey Audubon Center, Bedminster, Basking Ridge