100th Anniversary Honors Women’s Right to Vote in New Jersey

19th amendment - Mr. Local History Project

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., and the ratification of the 19th amendment guaranteeing all American women the right to vote, the Mr Local History project recognizes this great accomplishment in American History. The U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment guaranteeing all American women the right to vote in June 4, 1919, and the resolution states on Feb. 9, 1920, New Jersey became the 29th state to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Many don’t know that the 19th amendment was actually written…

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They Stayed In Basking Ridge

The famous people who came to Basking Ridge - Mr Local History Project

In a sleepy little section in the northern end of Bernards Township lies the Olde Mill Inn. Once just a small restaurant and former grain house barn, it has become a quiet getaway for Hollywood elite and social royalty. As you walk into the Olde Mill Inn lobby, take a quick turn to the left for a glimpse of history mounted on the wall. The statement is simple: these people chose to visit where you live for any number of reasons. From Martin Sheen to Howard Stern, let’s take a…

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Timeline Highlights Bernards Township History

Mr Local History showcases Bernards Township Historic Timeline

Take a visual tour of a great document that showcases key historic activities that occured in Bernards Township. The timeline was prepared by former historian June Kennedy honoring the 250th anniversary and history of Bernards Township.

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Films Document Basking Ridge History

Historic Basking Ridge Documentary Films - Mr. Local History

If you’re a fan of local history, two area film makers have created documentary films showcasing two of the most regarded historic stories in Bernards Township. While many people don’t know about the great fight against the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and what almost happened to the town, Saving The Great Swamp – The Battle to Defeat the Jetport is a reminder on how delicate communities can be. The second film, Under the Great Oak is a film about the iconic village oak tree that the township lost…

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Affordable Housing Development History in Bernards Township

History of Housing Developments in Bernards Township = Mr Local History

Bernards Township has had a long history of being a sleepy rural town. Then AT&T came to town in the 70’s and everything started to change. Demand for housing increased as people from around the world started to choose Bernards Township as a place to raise their children. Starting in the 50’s the concept of cluster housing neighborhoods started in the famed Levittown, NY development which later led to our area’s infamous “The Hills” development complex. Let’s take a look back at the growth of housing complexes in Bernards Township…

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Artwork and Local History

Capturing History in the Somerset Hills with Art The Mr. Local History Project has launched a new program to honor artists that celebrate our local history with art. NOTE: On your phone just swipe right or left. On desktop, put mouse on image to stop. There are arrows in mid-section of art on edges to go backwards or forwards. Mouse off should move art automatically. Documenting history sometimes comes in unique ways. As we’ve been studying history in the Somerset Hills you often visit the sites and come across an…

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Bernards Township Origins

Bernards Township Asian Community Research - Mr. Local History Project

Bernards Township has been a charted township going all the way back to 1760. With the early Dutch and Scottish settlers, the origin of the area belongs to the famed Lenni-Lenape Native American tribe.But what about the other cultures in the area. We’re on a mission to find out and would love to engage the community. Demographic Highlights Researching Diversity We are honoring those in our neighborhood who have identified themselves as Asian according to the census. Statistics have shown that the Asian American community (including India and Chinese) has…

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Hometown Histories – Stories Worth Sharing

Hometown HiSTORIES - Mr. Local History Project

Hometown Histories (Stories Worth Remembering) Series is coming to the Mr. Local History Project on Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Bernards Township Library. The event is free but please register with the link below. Wouldn’t it be great you could gather a bunch of locals from the area to tell stories of how it used to be in the area? Maybe you grew up here? Whether you’re a teller or a listener, we’d love to have you at our new series called “Hometown Histories- Stories Worth Remembering.’…

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Mr. Local History Magazine Releases Vol 2. Issue 1

The Mr. Local History Magazine kicks off the new decade with a full packed free edition of our Mr. Local History Magazine. ALL FREE. Enjoy

We call this the “2020 Welcome to the New Decade” Winter Edition It may be winter and for some strange reason it’s almost 70 degrees outside today. So after a nice long walk we came back in and designed our first edition of the new decade. It’s been a busy few months as we got through the holidays, yet had time to dig into the life of Bishop Janes, a Bernardsville and Basking Ridge resident that could be named “the father of the Bville Mountain. Learn why the Watchung Mountains…

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Lord Stirling’s Rev War Beacon Signal Towers

Signal beacons of the Continental Army -Created by Major General Stirling of Basking Ridge

The Continental Army and General Lord Stirling of Basking Ridge took a page out of the history books creating a sophisticated communications network to highlight British movement You never know what you’re going to find regarding history in the Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County, New Jersey, but we have another great story of the American revolution and its ties to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. For those who don’t know General William Alexander, also known as Lord Stirling of Basking Ridge, New Jersey he is the one credited with…

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Bernards BaseBall Club of 1867

The history of Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) sometimes comes in unique ways. While researching the internet for another story we came across this auction selling an original score book from the Bernards Baseball Club. Today, there are a large number of men who love to play club ball. While mostly softball, there is a core group of club based ball players across New Jersey. Formed in 1867, while the Bernards Baseball Club is an interesting story, it’s all the letters, signatures and additional tidbits that came with the piece that…

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Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills

Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills of northern Somerset County, New Jersey - Mr. Local History

While you’d think that hurricanes and floods wreak the most havoc, there has been nothing more destructive to properties in the Somerset Hills more than fires. The Mr. Local History Project is gathering information regarding large fires in the Somerset Hills area. Looking back at history, we’ve started digging to let the public understand how severe fires have devastated our community. Bernardston Charter Destroyed in 1850 Fire Basking Ridge – All township records before 1850 were destroyed in a fire. “It is in fact unfortunate that these charters were kept…

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Mr. Local History Supporters

There is nothing more inspiring then those who support our cause and efforts with a donation. We know there are so many great places to put your dollars, so we make it our #1 priority to make sure that we do the most with your donations. 100% Goes to the Community 100% of your donation goes towards preserving & promoting local history in the Somerset Hills. Our second mission is to offer a scholarship to a recognized high school senior who promotes history in our community. So 100% of your…

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Remembering Howard Johnson’s

The famed Howard Johnson's sign that crossed America - Mr Local History

Who doesn’t remember driving the car and ending up at the famed orange roof of the famed Howard Johnson motor lodge or restaurant. From Weirs Beach, New Hampshire to Daytona Beach Florida, all the way out to Anaheim, California it was the famed orange roof where you could stay at the motor lodge or grab some of the best clam boat and ice cream on the planet. So for a Jersey guy, I was surrounded by the orange roof not only in New Jersey, but it was wherever we drove.…

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