Astor Estate in Basking Ridge Selected as 6th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake

Pre-order online now to be part of the inaugural run.

Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the 1912 Samuel Owen home now known as the Astor Estate is the new Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow collectible. Pre-orders for this inaugural run are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced.

The Astor Estate in 1968 just after Bernards Township acquired the property.
Read the entire story of the property as Mr. Local History profiled the Historic Astor Estate – Click Here Source: Courier News.

The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The third keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “the Astor Estate is one of the most iconic properties in the Somerset Hills.”

This edition was created for the local historical society depicting the history of the of one . While the keepsake is not made from the original wood from the tree, it’s a perfect reminder of one of Basking Ridge’s greatest historic icons. Read the entire story of the property as Mr. Local History profiled the Historic Astor Estate – Click Here

The Historic Keepsake Series

Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection as part of a multi-year effort to promote and preserve history in the Somerset Hills including Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. The series was started by Brooks Betz, a resident of Basking Ridge. “There are so many great historic icons in the Somerset Hills and we’re really excited to launch our keepsake program in conjunction with the Society’s 90th anniversary. We plan on adding additional keepsakes throughout the year and will even sponsor a contest where the public gets to vote for a future keepsake.” The keepsake is meant to display on a counter or shelf. It is made of a sturdy 3/4″ handmade wood block and then painted.

The Cat’s Meow is one of the worlds most iconic collectible series. Mr. Local History started creating the Somerset Hills Historic Village back in 2018. Each year we launch new additions based on community input.

Many people collect other village pieces and build a village collection. The creations are part of the historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection, which has been producing iconic wood ornaments for over 35 years.

Local organizations and businesses will be producing limited batches of selected Somerset Hills Keepsake Village collectibles. All collectibles will be available online via the Mr. Local History Gift Shop.

How do I Get One?

The easiest way to get one is to order online via our Etsy Store.
Our online store accepts multiple forms of payment including credit/debit cards and Paypal. Orders are now being taken online. The collection is the ultimate local personal gift. Great for those moving into the area, or for those who’ve left the area. They also make great gifts for those who just like to remember the fond memories of the area.

The Mr. Local History Gift Shop is always OPEN. Just click the store

The Cat’s Meow Village Company of Wooster, Ohio

The Cat’s Meow Village is a small company founded in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn. 35 years later, Jones with her crew continues to craft “little wooden buildings” of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.

Additional Information

The Somerset Hills Historic Village is created by Mr. Local History, who is affiliated with T3 Consortium who then licenses out to various organizations for fundraising and promotional activities.

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