Bernards Township Charter Day Celebration

Bernards Township Charter Day - Mr. Local History Archives #mrlocalhistory

#BTCharterday – Celebrate the rich history of Bernards Township with The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH). Make your own history with us by bringing your camera – or smartphone & post pictures of your booth, your kids, your festive table or any other Charter Day activities on our community facebook page! We’re also on Twitter and Instagram. Post and hashtag #BTcharterday. Make your own history! It’s Time for a Street Festival that Celebrates Our History! Expect visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebration to…

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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 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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The History of the 1912 Bernards Township Town Hall – The Astor Estate in Basking Ridge

Mr. Local History Archives - Astor Estate

One of the most iconic historic properties in the Somerset Hills is an English Tudor style estate that sits atop a high ridge in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township. Built in 1912, this Basking Ridge landmark was the home to four wealthy families; Owen, Lee, Bissell and Astor, before being acquired by Bernards Township in 1968. The property is known by locals as the Astor Estate since the Astor’s were the last private owners. However, the resident that had the most impact on the town belonged to George…

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Recreating the Historic Charter of Bernardston

Historic documents often meet their tragic ending with swiftness and tragedy. In 1850 in Bernards Township there was known to have been a massive fire at the home of the township administrator, burning all of the townships documents, including it’s founding Charter. Now, with a bit a research and some digital technology, a local resident has recreated a rendering of the Charter of Bernardston. The Charter History On May 24, 1760 the Governor of New Jersey, Sir Francis Bernard was awarded it’s official declaration as a township from England’s King George…

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The Lost Charters of Bernards Township & Bedminster

This is a tale of three Charters in New Jersey that make for a great “what happened” story. Let’s first talk about what a Charter is. A Charter is a document, typically signed by the King of England granting rights to a particular area of land to a prospective Governor (or overseer).  We have Bedminster NJ, Bridgewater NJ, and Bernards Township (Bernardston) NJ that are of interest because it seems that all three monumental documents were destroyed by fire, never to be seen again…or were they? Background The Charter of Bernardson is…

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The Mysterious Basking Ridge Devil Tree

The New Jersey Famous Devil Tree of Basking Ridge

Brief Tidbits of Bernards Township Story: #1 05/11/01 Devil’s Tree More Than Just a Tree Me and my friends were all contemplating going up to Devil’s Tree. I had been up there one time before, and a truly weird thing happened. It was about November or December when I was first told about the Devil Tree up in the mountains. I was told “Don’t touch it or something will happen to you or your car.” I had just had my car serviced though, and had a new fan belt installed.We…

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