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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Wooden Collectible Series

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.

The Somerset Hills Historic Village is part of the World Famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Collectibles The Somerset Hills Historic Village keepsake collection is a wood painted collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of the Somerset Hills community. Each keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “we’re really excited to see how the public reacts to the next potential addition to this historic series. Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection…

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Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge Selected as 7th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

The historic Widow White's Tavern forever changed the path of American History. Click Here to learn more about the historic day and about the tavern.

Order online now to be part of the Widow White’s Tavern inaugural run. Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the 7th in the collectible series, the 1776 infamous Widow White’s Tavern in the village of Basking Ridge is the new Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow collectible. Orders for this inaugural run are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the…

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Mr. Local History Releases its Latest Online Magazine – Vol 1 Issue 3

Mr Local History Back to School Issue

We call this the “the Back to School Issue” The Mr. Local History project has been working hard to produce the next issue of our magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases what was known as the “one room classroom”. The Somerset Hills is full of the history of the one room classroom, as well as Academy’s that you may have never known about. Teachers rules from back in 1872 were fun…

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1777 Boudinout – Southard- Ross House in Basking Ridge Added to Wooden Historic Village

The 1777 historic Boudinout House is now a member of the Somerset Hills Historic Village Wooden Keepsake Collection - Get yours now. #mrlocalhistory

Mr. Local History is proud to announce along with a partnership with The Ross Farm the release of the 6th in the collectible series, the Somerset County 1777 Boudinout Southard Ross House. The collectible is part of the Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Historic collection. Ordering is simple and available while supplies last. The keepsake is made of wood and then painted. The final dimensions are 3 3/4in. high x 7 1/4 in. long 1777 – Elias Boudinot House The sixty one acre Boudinot-Southard-Ross estate, which borders Lord Stirling Park…

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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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Mr. Local History Releases its Latest Online Magazine – Vol 1 Issue 2

Take a look at the Mr. Local History Magazine, an online version of local news, articles, and posts about local history in the Somerset Hills region of New Jersey.

We call this the “2019 Bernards Township Charter Day Edition” The Mr. Local History project has been working hard to produce the next issue of our magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases Charter Day, what it means to Bernards Township, the lost Charter, and how Mr. Local History worked to recreate the infamous document. Also take a look at the latest wooden village keepsake, the historic 1912 Astor Estate & Municipal…

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Inaugural Online Magazine – Mr. Local History Launched

Take a look at the Mr. Local History Magazine, an online version of local news, articles, and posts about local history in the Somerset Hills region of New Jersey.

As a fun new idea, the Mr. Local History project is launching a monthly magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases Blairsden, the iconic estate in Peapack that showcases grandeur on one side as well as bizarre imagination on the other. Just click the magazine cover to read this issue’s stories. Enjoy. Please follow and like us: Related posts: Keepsake Collection Honors Local History Getting Published – Making a Arcadia Local History…

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Somerset Hills History 101

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Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone History that you might not know. Let’s get started. Did you know… 1921 – Far Hills was actually part of Bernards Township until seceding in 1921. Rising taxes led the 200 residents of Far Hills to decide to separate from Bernards Township and to incorporate as a Borough. The local property tax rate jumped from $2.72 in 1919 to $3.53 in 1920. 1717 – The original Bernards Township (Bernardston) area (3,000 acres) was purchased by John Harrison, agent of King James…

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Blairsden- The Horror, The Nuns and Other Tales

Peapack Gladstone's Blairsden Estate - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

Weird New Jersey Launches an all out attack on the horrible tales of what went wrong inside the Blairsden Estate in Peapack, New Jersey. This article originally was posted on another site back in 2007. We thought it was time to bring it back and provide additional details since the original article was published. Before we get started, you have to read how the Blairsden Horror Phenomenon took hold. It really started to take off when a niche magazine called Weird New Jersey published an article about the Blairsden estate…

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The Guilded Age Blairsden Estate

Mr. Local History Archives - Blairsden Estate

Historical Perspective: The Blairsden Estate of Clinton Ledyard Blair Peapack/Gladstone, New Jersey Submitted: Brooks Betz & W. Barry Thomson BLAIRSDEN, site for Mansion In May 2014 from Mansion In May on Vimeo. Blairsden Background Out of all of the requests that we receive at Mr. Local History, none measure up to the sheer volume we receive every month requesting additional information on Blairsden, one of the crown jewel estates of the Somerset Hills. While there have been numerous pieces posted on the internet regarding Blairsden that stretch the truth and…

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Spring Planting – Keep the History Going

The Daffodil Project - Plant Now

Throwback post – If you live in Bernards Township, New Jersey, for the 250th Anniversary back in 2010 Bernards Township adopted the Flower Drift Daffodil as the 250th Anniversary Daffodil for their 250th anniversary! Show your support by planting these daffodils in your yard to celebrate the anniversary! THE DAFFODIL PROJECT… TELL YOUR FRIENDS/NEIGHBORS….Facebook your wall, Tweet…whatever gets the message out there…. ALL BERNARDS TWP RESIDENTS… PLANT NOW so that the entire area has this special daffodil blooming on the 250th anniversary! Please follow and like us: Related posts: Flowers…

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Popular Historical Web Site in Somerset Hills ‘Going Dark’

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By W. JACOB PERRY Staff Writer March 19, 2019 It’s a popular treasure trove of information about virtually every local landmark from the Blairsden mansion to the late Basking Ridge oak tree, but the web site of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (HSSH) is close to becoming history. The site, www.historicalsocietyofsomersethills.org, now features a prominent, stark message by the “host provider” that says it is “going DARK” along with “hundreds of pages, thousands of images, and great news and interest visited by over 2,000 people a month.” “If…

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1912 Astor Estate in Basking Ridge Selected as 6th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

Basking Ridge Wooden Cats Meow Keepsake

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. Orders for this inaugural run are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced. 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…

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International Women’s Day Honors 20 Women Trailblazers from the Somerset Hills

Mr Local History Honors Women for International Women's Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, we thought it’d be fun to share some of the inspirational trailblazing women from our area that have made a difference. Each of these women either grew up or lived in the Somerset Hills. The Somerset Hills is the region of northern Somerset County, New Jersey that includes Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Hover over with mouse to hold image or select arrows at top of slider to go back and forth. The list below is in alphabetical order so…

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