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. Related posts: Keepsake Collection Honors Local History Getting Published – Making a Arcadia Local History Book History Helps Realtors Sell…

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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

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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

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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

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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! Related posts: Flowers for Bernards Townships Birthday/Anniversary History…

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

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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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Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Tree Selected as 3rd Keepsake in Series

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Mr Local History is proud to announce the release of the third in the collectible series, the 619 year old Basking Ridge Historic White Oak Cat’s Meow collectible. The collectible is now available online. 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 tree was the oldest resident in our town. It was here…

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