History of the Far Hills Race Meeting

The Far Hills Race meeting is one of the most historic well attended event in New Jersey. Let's look at its history.

The Mr. Local History Project builds on the 2006 research to bring you a great look at an event that’s nearing a Century mark. What’s in a name? Some call it the Steeplechase, some the Far Hills Race Meeting, and some prefer to call it simply ‘The Hunt‘. Whichever name you choose, you’re all partially correct. While the name is officially called the Far Hills Race Meeting, hosted by the Far Hills Race Meeting Association (FHRMA), every year, on the last Saturday of October, the horses come back to Far…

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Top 10 Historic Businesses in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

In 2009 - The Grain House was listed as one of the top 10 historic businesses in the Somerset Hills

Whether you’re a banker or a national political figure, a CEO or a farmer, the Somerset Hills has provided commercial opportunities for centuries. From C. Ledyard Blair and Jackie Kennedy, to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Charles Pfizer, the Somerset Hills business community has served up commerce in a classic fashion. (See the list of Somerset Hills Rich & Famous post). There’s no mistake that the Somerset Hills area is rich in long lasting commerce history. The Somerset Hills region of Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack &…

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Weddings @ Historic Venues in the Bucolic Somerset Hills, New Jersey

Historic Wedding Venues - Mr Local History

Many people have written over the years looking for places to hold a wedding on a historic property in the Somerset Hills. The area includes Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. So we’ve been given our mission and started our research. If you know of a historic property that offers the availability to rent out their venue, we’d love to hear from you. Historic Properties you can rent for a wedding: The Old Mill Inn – Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), New Jersey – Click Here Old Mill…

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The Essex Hunt and the Far Hills Race Meeting Historic Timeline

This is a continuation of The History of The Far Hills Race Meeting post….. For the better part of a decade, the Mr. Local History Project has been digging and investigating the history of one of the greatest events in the Somerset Hills. For over 100 years, the Far Hills Race Meeting and the Hunt have been hunting and racing back to the late 1800’s. Every year in October the small town of Far Hills becomes the third largest city in New Jersey. If you attend the event, it’s fun…

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#911neverforget in the Somerset Hills

Remembering those we lost in our community on 911

Starting at 8:46am on September 11, 2001, when the first plane hit the north tower, our community was changed forever. Please take a moment to remember those that never came home again. Evan Jay Baron, David O. Campbell, Kevin Dennis, Stephen Dimino, John W. Farrell, Louis Fersini, Jr., Michael Finnegan, Christopher Forsythe, Steven Genovese, Robert John Halligan, Kevin James Hannaford, John Clinton Hartz, Allison Horstmann Jones, Matthew McDermott, Stacey Sennas McGowan, Ludwig Picarro, Stephen E. Poulos,Thomas B. Reinig, Craig W. Staub, William Randolph Tieste, Lance Tumulty, Frank Thomas Wisniewski.  …

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A Unique Bedminster Cemetery-“God’s Acre”

Mr Local History takes a look at a unique burial ground in Bedminster, New Jersey

So we’re over at the Bedminster Farmers Market and while meeting a few of the locals, one of the patrons mentioned “why don’t you research what’s going on over at the slave burial grounds in Bedminster. Here we are. We love a good local history lesson, so let’s do this. Tucked behind the second Watchung Mountain off Lamington Road in Bedminster lies what had been identified as a slave burial ground. Back in the early 18th century the area was quietly farmed mostly by Dutch families who left what is…

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Mr. Local History’s #growlocalhistory Project

Mr Local History Grow Local History project

Trying to Make Somerset County Grow with Free Sunflowers and Some Local History Who doesn’t love a good challenge and some free stuff. This one is a fun one to see if we can promote growing in the Somerset Hills. Let us introduce the inaugural “Mr. Local History Grow Local History” project. Locals come get your pack of locally grown sunflower seeds and lets see how many new gardens we can create. The #growlocalhistory project is simple. Come find the yellow bucket and get a pack of sunflower seeds. As…

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POLL: Ride Share – Front or Back Seat?

Rideshare Poll - Front or Back Seat

So we’re traveling for work in Toronto, Ontario and a colleague looks over and asks “Hey have you taken an Uber around town yet. While we have, we didn’t understand what he was talking about next. He stated that two times the Uber driver either opened the front door, or asked the passenger to sit in the front seat. Soooooo, we’re taking a poll to see what people think. Is it rude to not sit in the front for a rideshare? Should you sit in the back always. What do…

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The Life of Irwin Richardt

Irwin Richardt - The Patriot of Liberty Corner - Mr. Local History

The Patriot of Liberty Corner “Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin. “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson Welcome to Irwin on the HAM Radio (Click Player) http://www.mrlocalhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2004-1207-w2vjz-enemy-of-mankind.mp3 Listen to Irwin throughout the article as he broadcasted from his HAM radio back in the early 21st century. For those who knew Irwin, it’s really amazing to hear his voice Irwin Richardt (pronounced Rick-art) was born in 1928 and grew up on the Sons…

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AT&T’s Golden Boy Has Had a Tough Life

What was once the 2nd most famous statue in New York City is the Golden Boy - who once was a local resident of the Somerset Hills. #mrlocalhistory

It reads more like a missing children’s report: MISSING – Golden Boy – Last seen in Bedminster, but previously had spent time in Basking Ridge and New York City. Rumor has it that he’s in the Dallas metro area but his head and arms have been severed. If seen, please notify his parents. But do you know the history of one of the most iconic statues in the world? Let us introduce you to …..Golden Boy. Golden Boy is Born Golden Boy was born in 1916 in the Greenpoint section…

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Bernards Township Charter Day

Charter Day Streetfair and Festival It was a beautiful Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Historic Basking Ridge Village Thanks for all who came out for the day! It was a beautiful one for sure! Have any Instagram photos you’d like to share on the charterday.com photo wall? There’s still time. You Can Still Add Your Photos to the Charter Day Instagram Wall Just add (or edit your previous Instagram post) #BTCharterday to your Instagram photo. Realtime Weather Forecast Celebrate the 254th anniversary of Bernards Township as we honor the…

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Keepsake Collection Honors Local History

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.

World Famous Cat’s Meow Collectibles Celebrate the most iconic historic properties in the Somerset Hills The Somerset Hills Historic 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 keepsakes have been selected based on community feedback and a voting process. 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…

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Somerset Hills Historic Sites on the National & State Registers

Part of the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Tucked in the northern section of Somerset County, New Jersey, the area known as the Somerset Hills has a rich history that Mr. Local History is proud to document. Each property was researched prior to submitting documentation to the state historic register. IF it meets the criteria, it then can be nominated to the National Registry of Historic Places. Take a look at the great historic landmarks of our hometown area. Bedminster, New Jersey Historic Sites McDonalds/Kline’s Mills, Klines Mill Road (1) Bedminster Township, New Jersey A 19th -20th century…

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Genealogy Help and References

Mr Local History and Ancestry.com support

Looking to Research Your Family History in the Somerset Hills? Genealogy is one of the local historical society’s most requested interest areas. While the Society has limited space to store family historical information, we do have the ability to help you get started on your search. However, in partnership with the Bernards Township Library, there is a dedicated group there that might be able to assist with your research requests. There is also a tremendous amount of information at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church records in Basking Ridge as well…

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Historic Grain House in Bernards Township Turns 250 Years Old

The Grain House c.2018 Credit: Brooks Betz

Historic Profile: The Grain House, Franklin Corners (Bernards Township), New Jersey The Grain House at the Olde Mill Inn Turns 250 Years Old (1768-2018) Mr. Local History congratulates the historic Grain House as it celebrates its 250th construction anniversary. In 1768, when the First Methodist Church in North American colonies was initiated at Wesley Chapel in NYC and the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was being published in Scotland, Samuel Lewis, a miller from Franklin Corners in Bernards Township, built a water-powered grist mill and a barn on the Passaic…

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