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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History Helps Realtors Sell Real Estate

Mr Local History and Realtors Unite

Realtors History Guide to Selling Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster and the Rest of the Somerset Hills, New Jersey It probably comes as no surprise that realtors have a fairly easy time selling homes in Bernards Township and the surrounding Somerset Hills area. With its top ranked schools, highway access to the rest of the state, easy access to railroads and a relatively low tax rate. Now comes the secret. How you can differentiate yourself as a realtor using Mr. Local History. First off, we never thought of promoting what we…

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Somerset Hills History Coloring Book

Somerset Hills Coloring Book- Mr. Local History Archive #mrlocalhistory

UPDATE: August 17,2019 We’re on a #growlocalhistory mission. Help us raise a small amount of money to donate this coloring book to every 3rd grader in the Bernards Township, Bedminster, and Somerset Hills School District. 100% of the funds (less the donation fee) will go to getting books to the BOE in those communities. HURRY, school is starting soon. WHAT A great gift to promote local history for our kids.  For every donation above $50, we will even send you a coloring book if you provide us your mailing address.…

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Student Rules Then and Now

While attending a program entitled “Early American Schoolhouses” at the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, the instructor passed out handouts that discussed rules for students, rules for teachers, and punishments back in 1872. Meg Wastie, program coordinator at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison,  and a former teacher, presented a great program overview relating to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts partnership with the The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills in the Somerset Hills area (Bedminster, Bernardsville,Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone) . The historical society has recently launched a new program…

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Map Historic Schoolhouses in New Jersey

Help map New Jersey (and surrounding areas) Historic Schoolhouses! It’s growing everyday – and it’s FREE. A great new mapping effort. We’re looking for people to post information regarding any old one room type schoolhouses that you know of in and around New Jersey. Using Google Maps in a collaborative effort, it is the intention to create a workable map whereby all historic schoolhouse preservation efforts, program efforts, and build an online network of New Jersey historic schoolhouses. If you know about a school, please feel free to post a comment…

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Before the West Point Academy, There was the Academy at Pluckmin

PLUCKEMIN ENCAMPMENT AND AMERICA’S FIRST MILITARY ACADEMY One of the most interesting untold stories of the American revolution is the one about the Pluckemin Encampment, also known as the Pluckemin Cantonment. You see, a cantonment is different than an Encampment because a cantonment has actual buildings verses temporary tents. Back in 2005, we started on a quest to expose this story. While the notes below are raw, we’ve left them in their original state so you can see what we knew at the time. It all started with this 1779…

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